Mental Health Awareness Week 2022…Let’s get Connected! – Lacey Pitcher
Lacey Pitcher RVN
Mind Matters Senior Outreach and Engagement Officer
How did you stay connected with others over the pandemic period?
I joined online communities and kept an accountable weekly check-in. I also adopted a nanna through Mind.
Is a sense of community important to you?
Hugely important. For me, a sense of community is grounding and energising.
When has community helped you?
The community helped me at the beginning of the pandemic when I lost my sense of purpose. As a locum 9 months work was cancelled within 15 mins. I went from being a travelling extrovert to being grounded alone with my dog. Online communities were invaluable at this time.
What’s your favourite conversation starter?
Oh, it would have to be something travel related. I love to travel and explore other cultures.
We know connection with others is important, but what’s your favourite way to wind down and reconnect with yourself?
A dog walk. I love nothing more than taking my dogs out for golden hour in the Cotwolds and just enjoying the feast of nature.
With many communities now building online, can you recommend a podcast, book or show that has made you feel closer to others?
Lucky – Ed Jackson. This book gave me so much perspective. Highly recommended!
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