What inspired you to join Chapter?
I’ve lived with depression and anxiety for quite a few years, after I was diagnosed with them by my GP in 2015. Seeing first-hand how important mental health is, I was inspired to make a career move and join the Chapter team to support the well-being of people in our community.
What’s the best bit about your work?
Being able to make a small difference in someone’s life is what is the highlight about working for Chapter. It’s an opportunity to empower and inspire people who are living with mental ill-health when they might need a boost.
What’s your own wellbeing ‘go-to’?
Taking time out of your busy life to prioritise the things that bring you joy is so important. For me, this is reading, watching movies and playing video games. No matter how hectic things get, I will always spend a few hours every week lost in one of those hobbies.
Dan, tell us something unusual, or unexpected, about you that not many people would know!
I took part in a global scriptwriting competition with a series of heats in which participants had 48 hours to write a short story with a designated genre, location and object. It was the first time I had entered something like that and I managed to get through to the finals!
What’s your favourite inspirational quote for life?
I have always loved this line from ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’: “Each man’s life touches so many other lives; when he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
What 3 things are you most grateful for?
My friends, my family and coffee. Most of all coffee.
Any noteworthy professional associations / qualifications?
I’m fortunate enough to have a degree in Journalism from the University Of Central Lancashire and our group dissertation, which was to create a full magazine from scratch, was shortlisted for a PTC Magazine Academy award.
Lastly. What would you say to someone who’s thinking about contacting Chapter for support?
I’ve been in those shoes and I know how hard it is to take that first step. Saying “I think I need help” can be really, really hard. But you’ll be amazed by how much it will change your life, and the Chapter team are so supportive and understanding no matter what you are feeling.