Natalie was looking forward to returning to work after having her second child, only to be hit with the devastating blow of redundancy.
Undeterred, she forged ahead, securing a new role that seemed promising at first but quickly revealed itself as a toxic environment that triggered a debilitating decline in her mental health.
After attending a Successful Mums outreach webinar, Natalie quickly saw how Successful Mums could help support her and signed up for our Positive Wellbeing course.
Today, she has not only found a job she loves but has also selflessly committed to supporting vulnerable people who are experiencing mental health issues. Here’s her inspirational story…
“I was in a job that was making me ill. After being on short-term sick, I soon realised I could not return if I had any chance of recovery and so I handed in my resignation. No stranger to mental health issues, having suffered a bout of depression twenty-five years ago, I knew this time my circumstances were different, I had a family who relied on me, so was determined to get better.
I attended a Successful Mums free webinar and was really inspired. Positive wellbeing was a topic that was incredibly relevant, and through the conversations I had with the team I was confident I would really benefit from the course.
I quite literally threw myself into the learning because of my deep-rooted interest in the topic. The issues it highlighted, especially in reference to the workplace really resonated with me and it meant I went above and beyond with my assignments.
“The Positive Wellbeing course was the springboard to a career change, and with Successful Mums’ support, I secured a flexible job as a Study Support Assistant. I fell in love with my job on the first day.“
The Positive Wellbeing course was the springboard to a career change, and with Successful Mums’ support, I secured a flexible job as a Study Support Assistant. I fell in love with my job on the first day. Now I channel my energy into supporting students throughout their university life.
I have forged my way into a completely new world and regularly put into practice skills learnt from the course such as self-reflection. I have also subsequently completed counselling training to further support my career.
Having secured a job it feels like all my life experiences – personal and professional – have come together. If I hadn’t gone through what I did, I wouldn’t have the natural empathy and understanding that my students tell me I exhibit. They frequently say, ‘you get me’ and it is genuine. I offer kindness and compassion which makes a real difference to others. I would’ve never considered this career path if I hadn’t been through this mental health journey.
The Successful Mums course was perfect. It came at a time when I genuinely needed it. I couldn’t have imagined when I was working previously that I could muster up the energy to do any kind of training, I felt physically drained by life. But now the cloud has lifted.
The course helped me on that journey, gave me a thirst for learning, and was the start of a new chapter. Successful Mums provided me with a huge amount of support, I would recommend the training to everyone.”
Natalie’s story serves as a powerful reminder that no matter how difficult the road may seem, there is always hope for recovery and a brighter future. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, we invite you to explore our Positive Wellbeing course.
Designed to provide valuable insights, practical tools, and support, our course aims to empower individuals on their own path towards healing and wellbeing. Together, let’s break the stigma surrounding mental health and embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth. Start your journey today and unlock the doors to a healthier and happier life. Register your interest HERE.