hYLITE Centre: Mentor Profile: Sarah
Tell us a little about why you decided to become a hYLITE Mentor?
I was about to start my 3rd year at university here at Bathurst when I noticed the advertisement for mentors in the hYLITE Centre. I thought it would be a great way to get some experience in psychology to give me a head start in my career. I also thought it would be a good way of putting myself out there, meeting new people and growing my own social skills. I have always grown up around kids with my mum being a day care worker so I have shared my life with a lot of different families and learnt a lot about different experiences at school. I felt like I would be able to share my knowledge and encourage others to believe that there is a life after school.
What is a day at headspace like for you?
A day at headspace is lots of fun! I currently volunteer on a Thursday which is our busiest day. We run a program called 'heads up' which is all about supporting young people from the local schools with getting in and doing school work and assignments. I provide support and encouragement for all subjects and study tips. During the day we also run a mindfulness and sensibility program aimed at teaching everyone skills for life. We also cook a healthy lunch with the students to encourage healthy eating, which is always so delicious!
How do you look after your mental health?
I find it essential to take 'me time' to do things I enjoy. Sometimes this involves going for a jog, reading a book or hanging out with my friends. I also try to be involved in some kind of team, such as playing soccer, because it is important for me to build friendships with others who share common interests.
What is your preferred way of approaching a friend who is sad or looks down?
There are many ways you can approach a friend who is sad or looking down. I like to send them a text message or inbox them on facebook asking them what they are up to and if they want to hang out, such as going to a movie or playing a game together. By asking them through a form of social media it doesn't pressure your friend to answer you right away, they can take their time to think about their answers. Going to a movie or playing a game means you can spend time with your friend without any pressure for either of you to talk too much about anything that may be uncomfortable. You can ask how they are doing when the movie is over or during the game after they have spent some time just hanging out with you.