Why did you decide to join the Myplace project?
I have a severe anxiety disorder, after finishing university it started getting really bad. It led to a lack of confidence and depression and feeling useless about everything. It put me off about doing things, worried that I was going to get it wrong. I would avoid doing any sort of social situation where I did not know people.
I did a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Zoobiology, graduated three or four years before joining the project. I struggled to get a job which didn’t help and I was out of work and at a bit of a loose end and struggling to cope with it all. At my worst points I struggled to see any sort of future where I would be of any worth, I didn’t know where my life was heading and was really struggling to cope and talk to people about my situation.
I heard about Myplace through the Mudpack volunteer group at Brockholes, one of the members of staff running the group asked about my background and suggested Myplace as he felt it was a good thing to do and that the people involved had gone through similar experiences. I knew I loved wildlife and being outdoors so I thought the Myplace project would be a chance to help my situation.