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Let’s talk about mental health

02 Feb 2018

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Meet our Disability Ambassador Anna; who explains why it’s so important to talk about disability, health and work....

Why I’m an ambassador?

It’s very important for all of us to talk honestly and with passion about ‘hidden disabilities’. By doing so, we raise understanding and awareness, which in return allows us to recognise a person’s talents and abilities.

My experience

I have living experience of anxiety through my son. I also have experience of the long road to ADHD/Autism diagnosis and campaigning for reasonable adjustments. I am fortunate that since I acquired an anxiety condition, I know what ‘good disability confidence' looks like via the ongoing help and support of my managers.  There are certainly days I really do struggle, but increasingly there are many more where I feel on top of my game.

Top tips

The first step sometimes is to reach out and ask questions. Your hidden disability – like mine, is part of you – not the whole you. With the right help, support and sometimes adjustments you will find your way back to even better health…just like I am doing!

Support for individuals

I can support anyone who is on the cusp of asking for help but is as yet unsure. Their hidden disability is unique to them but I am happy to provide answers to any questions around my own road to recovery and what steps my manager and I went through to not only help me back to wellbeing but to help me to start reusing my own talents and skills. This will hopefully enable you to see how easy it is to get help when it is needed. 

Support for businesses

I can support organisations to become even more disability confident through a range of activities; audits, training and as a Disability Confident leader validating their membership level on the Disability Confident scheme. I can do this in person or via webinars as part of Remploy's disability training.

Remploy's Ambassador Network

Our disability products and services include training workshops, webinars and public speaking covering a variety of subject matters including: learning about disabilities, visual impairment, mobility impairment, health and wellbeing, disability confidence, workplace adjustments, easy read and so much more. 

For more information, contact us at employers@remploy.co.uk 

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