Why I Became a Volunteer by Sonia Moloney

 

Why I Became a Volunteer

by See Change Ambassador, Sonia Moloney

 

The reason why I volunteered as an ambassador was because in 2016, I was having extremely difficult time of it with my mental health. I was having daily panic attacks and feeling like there was little to no hope of me ever recovering or getting better. I was ashamed to tell people what was going on, with the fear of what would be said to me. Adding on the self-stigma of myself thinking how weak I was. I’d got myself into this mess again and how everyone would think I was failing.  

I wish there was someone who was in a similar situations to mine, openly talking about their mental health. I could not even find the words to express how I felt.  

So, three years later in recovery I decided I wanted to be the person for others like me. Who maybe were ashamed of what they are going through. Just to let them know it was okay not to be okay and to tell them it is nothing to be ashamed of. That there not weak in asking for help, it’s a sign of strength.   

I started doing it on the radio as a local radio presenter then joined See Change after interviewing with them. It felt like faith that I was there interviewing with them, almost like someone sending me a sign to go and volunteer with them and I haven’t looked back. I’ve loved every minute so far and it is extremely worthwhile. You feel part of a family of people who just get you and make you feel at home. 

 


If you are having a tough time at the moment and need to reach out for support, please contact any of the following

Shine: phil@shine.ie

 

Samaritans: 116123

 

Pieta House: 1800 247 247

 

YourMentalHealth.ie: 1800 742 444

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