What now?

Plant on windowsill with white curtains hanging

At the end of 2019 I took a step back from writing because I didn’t have much creative or spare energy. Little did I know that personal plans would get more complicated and world events much more worrying. With March almost through, I figure if I don’t pick this up now I never will.

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Talking work and wellbeing with Rosie Tressler, CEO of Student Minds

The Student Minds team outside their Turl Street office in Oxford.

This week I spoke to the interesting and admirable Rosie Tressler, CEO of Student Minds. We chatted about work, leadership, mental health and self-care. I hope you enjoy the interview.

Molly: For any readers who aren’t familiar with the organisation, what is Student Minds?

Rosie: Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. We work to empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. In the years to come, we are hoping to create a thriving higher education community.

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On anxiety

I had my first panic attack when I was twelve. I was at home alone because my parents were out looking for my sister – then a rebellious teenager with a story that isn’t mine to tell – and I realised I couldn’t breathe. Head spinning, heart racing, body tingling, chest tightening, I froze. I had experienced intermittent anxiety as a child, but this was different. I sat down and cried through it, with our tiny puppy for company. (We still jokingly call him the sanity dog, because he has helped us all through difficult moments.)

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