Rosie talks about her personal private expertise as a volunteer with a disaster line. She additional discusses a few of the execs and cons of psychological well being volunteering.
Volunteers Week is widely known from 1-7 June 2022, and I assumed this may be a very good alternative to mirror on my expertise volunteering within the psychological well being sector. For over 18 months I’ve been volunteering for a disaster textual content line service known as SHOUT 85258.
SHOUT is a free, confidential textual content help service that runs 24/7. My function entails listening to texters, signposting them to related sources or help and serving to them attain a calmer place. After 140 hours of volunteering so far, you get to know the vital elements of disaster volunteering- the nice, the dangerous and the ugly.
I’ve made an inventory of a few of the execs and cons of psychological well being volunteering. If anybody is contemplating getting concerned in psychological well being volunteering, it might be price looking. Please take into account that volunteering can look completely different for everybody, so that is merely a snapshot of my expertise.
Professionals of Psychological Well being Volunteering:
- Supplies a way of objective. Volunteering focuses on one thing larger than your self. Supporting people who find themselves struggling and going by means of adversity will help convey some priceless perspective to your individual life.
- Serving to to make a distinction. If in case you have an empathetic, caring character this will actually go well with you. I discover it empowering and rewarding to know I’m serving to others who’re struggling, one particular person at a time.
- Be taught loads of new expertise: Throughout my time volunteering, I’ve developed priceless information and expertise. This consists of coaching in danger evaluation, safeguarding, communication and extra. These expertise are extremely transferable throughout a variety of profession pathways however significantly within the psychological well being sector.
- Work Remotely: I’m fortunate sufficient to volunteer on an internet platform, so it’s tremendous simple for me to entry. This implies I can do it any time of the day, from anyplace (even within the consolation of my very own mattress). Notably when I’ve a busy schedule at college, the flexibleness of shifts is all the time appreciated.
Cons of Psychological Well being Volunteering:
- It’s unpaid: I suppose that’s why they name it volunteering. In some methods, that’s one of many joys since you are doing one thing so priceless with none form of monetary achieve. Understandably, as a pupil attempting to prioritise funds or discovering paid work this generally is a problem, so it’s price protecting in thoughts.
- It may be emotionally exhausting: Working in psychological well being is hard. Some conversations are extra emotionally draining than others. Due to this fact, it’s so important that you simply take care of your self and take time for self-care.
Volunteering has been such a rewarding expertise for me. Even at occasions when I’ve discovered it tougher, I do know I’ve learnt vital and priceless classes. Understanding that I’ve helped others to really feel listened to, supported and validated is likely one of the finest emotions. Volunteering has had a big impact on the way in which I take heed to and help others in my private life too. For my part, it has made me stronger and extra compassionate in all areas of my life. I take nice satisfaction in my volunteering and would completely suggest it to different college students.
Hello there! I am Rosie and I’m finding out psychology on the College of Bathtub. I really like my topic and I’ve all the time been thinking about psychological well being. Serving to individuals makes me joyful and I’m excited to share my experiences with my friends.