Steve joined Mind’s Communications team in 2010.
I was unemployed for quite a few years after being made redundant from my role at another organisation. I went into a very bad state of mind. As I came out of it, I felt I wanted to do something for somebody who understood what I was going through and also actively do something about the state of mental health. Mind was the perfect fit.
"I honestly thought that being employed in a job that would fulfil me this much would be impossible."
I’m someone who’s got less working life in me and I honestly thought that being employed in a job that would fulfil me this much, for this long, would be impossible. I find my work very interesting and I feel very passionate about it. I have a lot of variety and breadth to be creative.
I’ve always worked for much larger organisations where departments are pretty much siloed. As Mind is much smaller, you get to know a lot more people. That makes a huge difference to me. I don’t feel like I’m just a faceless employee. I am actually valued as me and the quality I bring to the job. You’re nurtured in your role, but you’re also nurtured as a person. And I think that’s very unusual. And that’s because we’re a mental health organisation and the core thing about mental health is that no two people are the same.
"I’ve been trusted to get on with some great projects."
I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been trusted to get on with some great projects. I’ve done loads and they all have their own little shining moments. Recently the General Election work is something I’ve been very proud of because it brought together so many elements of what we do well – getting people involved and giving them space to tell their stories. That’s a part of the work I love the most. Interacting with people and giving them a platform to talk.
"The best thing is the staff – they are lovely. That’s so important."
But of course, the best thing is the staff - they are lovely. That’s so important. If it wasn’t for the dedication of the people I work with, and the fact that they are so thoroughly nice, I don’t know if I’d want to stick around, even though I love my work. I’ve never come across a jobsworth – everybody’s happy to help. There’s no vying for status. There is a structure, there needs to be a management structure, but I find that the management attitude is far more supportive.
"It’s easy to adapt my hours to how I’m feeling."
Working here has also given me the space, time and support to learn how to look after my mental health. The use of flexi-time and homeworking is something that’s very useful for someone who lives with a mental health problem. There are days when you don’t feel so brilliant, so it’s easy to adapt my hours to how I’m feeling.
"Go for it!"
If you’re thinking of applying I’d say “Go for it!”. You’ll find we’re a great bunch of people. But remember, this isn’t a straight-forward 9-5 job, it’s important to be passionate about what we do.