This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and Team Mintridge were extremely pleased to have been asked to attend Bellerbys College in Cambridge, with our amazing Ambassador Patrick Foster. Patrick spent the afternoon delivering an incredibly courageous and inspiring speech about his sporting journey and his life experiences so far, including how he spent many years battling a severe gambling addiction.
We were welcomed into the school to speak to a wide variety of the Bellerbys College students, who are all preparing for their own academic and personal challenges. Patrick’s story was incredibly relevant to the young adults in the room, that would be facing lots of pressures in the coming years.
Some of the key messages that Patrick delivered during his talk were that sharing your problems and troubles can often half the burden of that problem or issue. It was especially important for the students to learn that no matter what their stresses, worries or troubles, there is someone who can support them, that won’t judge them based on what they say or think.
At a time in their lives when social media is so prevalent, along with gaming, Patrick talked a lot to the students about addiction and noticing the signs that someone may be struggling around them. Some of the other key messages derived from Patrick’s speech came in the form of advice. Patrick encouraged the students to believe that they are always enough and that comparing themselves to others wouldn’t help them, as the people that they compare themselves to are all in different places and circumstances.
There were some fantastic questions that were asked by the students and staff at Bellerbys, including:
What could your parents have done differently to support you when you should have reached out the first time?
What can young people and society do to help prevent this happening to more people?
Are you now at peace and content with yourself?
We are so grateful to Bellerbys College for inviting Team Mintridge and Patrick Foster to be a part of your talk and we are so pleased we could help to raise more knowledge and understanding for Mental Health Awareness Week.
We hope that the key messages in Patrick’s talk and journey can help encourage more people to seek help and support when they need it and to recognise the signs associated with addiction.
If you would like to know more about Patrick and his story, please contact The Mintridge Foundation.
Thank you to Bellerbys College in Cambridge, we look forward to working with you again soon.