Assistant Marketing Manager for customer loyalty at Waitrose & Partners
“Around 18 months ago after working for the Partnership for 17 years, I applied for a secondment within the Partnership, following coaching and mentoring support. I was excited to try something new and coaching and mentoring provided the boost of confidence I needed to apply, but with the new role, working full-time, looking after two children and some things happening outside of work, I had lots going on and started struggling with anxiety.
“I saw an article in the Gazette on mental health and the support we had available in the Partnership and called our health services. They arranged counselling sessions with an external provider, which I found very helpful. I could talk through things that were confidential and private and the therapist suggested tools and techniques I could use. It was all free and I think that’s important, because when you’re struggling with a mental health issue, the worry about how you’re going to pay for all of this just adds to the anxiety.
“I also got help from my GP, but having the combination of support has been really invaluable. I’m glad I’ve done the personal development as otherwise I wouldn’t be in the position I’m now and the whole thing has really helped with my confidence. My secondment has led to a new permanent role and I feel like if I ever need support again I know where to go and get help if I need it.”