The Alumni team at the University hosted a talk about working in mental health and wellbeing as part of their ‘What It Takes’ series.
The panel discussed their insights into working within the mental health sector and shared their own personal experiences of coping with and supporting others with their wellbeing.
They explored their journeys from Westminster into working in mental health and wellbeing, covering topics such as what drew them to their careers, the day-to-day work and reality of working in the area, and mental health not being a barrier for career progression. They also gave advice on coping and resources as well as using creativity in services to empower individuals to manage their mental health.
Two of the panellists at the talk graduated from the Psychology BSc Honours course. Elif Huseyin is a Mental Health Specialist at Caritas Anchor House, a homeless charity where she supports individuals who present with complex needs. Azmara Moulana is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and the BME Lead at a primary care psychology service in London.
The panel also included Anastasia Vinnikova, who graduated from the Business Management BA Honours course. Vinnikova is the Wellbeing Lead at the Bank of England and a member of the Commission for Equality in Mental Health and a Steering Committee member of the Thriving from the Start Network.
The fourth and final panellist is Chloe Bourjalliat, who studied on the Translation and Interpreting MA course. She is the Founder of the Cool Girls Club, a special membership that connects women across the world, helps them find their purpose and implement it in their lives. She is also a Life Coach and Freelance Translator/Interpreter.
At the end of the talk, the panel answered questions both during the Q&A and informally afterwards with refreshments and networking.
The next event in the 'What It Takes' series is 'What It Takes to Communicate with Confidence' on 26 November.