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Terry Harding

Terry Harding

Terry was nominated as a Community Hero by Bernadette, who said…

“Terry is a man of amazing warmth, courage, tenacity and generosity. He has overcome lots of adversity/hardship, and disadvantages in life; and has gone onto help other men overcome their difficulties in accessing support.

As a volunteer at MEN TOO, supporting men who have a range of mental health issues/complex needs and suicide ideation to cope and recover, Terry is a great asset, welcoming men, putting them at ease; he helps break down barriers.”

 

Terry, how did you get into volunteering?

I got into volunteering after accessing WEB for support and help with my depression and anxiety illness. I had for more than 20 years been trying to manage my mental health with little success. I enrolled on WEB’s Pathways 2 Powerment program and found it a massive help to my wellbeing and was taught how to manage all manner of mental health issues (we call this our toolbox).

After doing the Pathways twice, Bernie asked the group what more they could do to maintain our wellbeing and confidence.

We said we could do with weekly mind maintenance sessions and so MEN TOO was set up. We now run mind maintenance sessions for 50 weeks of the year and I am proud to help with that.

 

What inspires you to help others?

It inspires me when I witness the improvement in the wellbeing and confidence gained by all the service users when accessing our service, it also helps with my own mental health which I can now talk about without the fear of being stigmatised or thought of as being weak.

 

What can people do to ‘light up Christmas’, and bring a smile to someone’s face this year?

What can I do to light up Christmas?  With all of us having to wear masks, I would say to people – think about Ken Dodd and his chuckle muscles. Think about Morecambe and Wise singing “You Are My Sunshine”.  Think about Bobby Ball with his “Rock on Tommy”.

These thoughts will bring a smile to your face, which will light up your eyes, which will light up Christmas.

But more importantly ring up your family and friends and ask them how they are doing tell them that you love them.  It’s good to talk.

 

Thank you, Terry!


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