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Welcoming Gillian Gray to the team

Gary Seath 9 months ago

Media Mental Health

Introducing Gillian Gray as Wellbeing Worker for our Your Mind Matters Project.

Gillian will lead the face-to-face strand of the project and will help pupils, from armed forces and veteran families at Hermitage Academy, to better understand and enhance mental health and wellbeing.

We caught up with Gillian earlier this week to learn more about the knowledge, skills, and experiences she brings to the role.

What inspired you to apply for this role with Forces Children Scotland?

“I was inspired to apply for the role of Wellbeing Worker for Your Mind Matters as I am passionate about supporting children and young people from armed forces and veteran families. I understand the additional challenges faced by forces children and young people and I want to help them feel listened to, understood and supported with the challenges they may be facing.

“I’ve worked and volunteered with children and young people for several years, and I love exploring different ways to talk about and understand our emotions. I also enjoy using creative activities while providing mental health and wellbeing support, to help children and young people learn and use age-appropriate skills and techniques that can help them to overcome any challenges they may face, both now and into the future.”

What will you bring to the role in terms of knowledge, skills, and experience?

“I have completed a BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling degree, which equipped me with knowledge and practical skills surrounding mental health and talking therapies. I have also volunteered in the UK and abroad, supporting children, young people and adults with their mental health and wellbeing, through emotional support and psychological therapeutic activities.

“Since then, I have been working within mental health services providing one-to-one face-to-face and telephone support, using compassionate listening and supporting individuals to use and implement CBT based self-help techniques to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

“I previously volunteered for a crisis text service supporting young people and adults, primarily focusing on low mood, anxiety management and suicide intervention. I have also taken part in several training opportunities through previous employment which has increased my knowledge and ability to support others with issues such as trauma and self-harm.”