Name: Sam or Sammy!
City: Jersey, Channel Islands
Fav thing about your city: I live on a small island and France is only an hour away!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself! I was in a heavy metal band.. for one day.
Why is ending the stigma important to you?
It breaks my heart to hear of those who did not get the support they needed. Commonly, out of fear. Many still feel unable to talk openly about their mental health and seek professional help because of the stigma attached to it. I am lucky enough to have a support system of close friends and family and I want to help raise awareness for those who don’t. Having one person who believes in you can make the world of difference. Someone who can give you that extra push when you no longer have the energy.
Sure, even once you reach that level of communication with those around you it can still be a lonely place. Anxiety can trick you, make you feel alone in the world; it’s difficult to explain, let alone understand. You can still feel isolated and trapped inside your own head but that’s where this community stands together - I’ve learned more about myself by talking to other people.
I decided to open up about my anxiety through social media, last year. I wanted to reach out and start an Instagram account where I could share my thoughts and connect with others who had similar struggles. Social media was once something that tore my confidence to pieces. Now, it has helped me become who I am today.
What does your every day look like?
Coffee. Always - then Instagram of course!
I currently work for the local government as an advisor, but I’m leaving in August to pursue my long-awaited passion to travel. Although I do complain - I find a lot of comfort in routine. Maybe too much comfort, which is why I can’t wait to leap in to the unknown. Once I’ve returned from travelling I hope to start a psychology or counselling course. My dream is to one day be self-employed and work from home.
I enjoy writing and photography and I love to create, to inspire and feel inspired. I try to incorporate that in my day-to-day and I thank Instagram for giving me that outlet!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I wouldn't say too much because you learn by experience itself - but I would tell her it’s never too late, to never give up and I would tell her she is beautiful.
I was bullied in my younger years and the anxiety I experienced has never left me. I was broken and it took me a long time to piece myself back together and rebuild my self esteem. I felt vulnerable, and I still am a sensitive person today. But taking a positive from a negative, I’ve been told it’s my sensitivity that people find endearing!
Who is a Role Model to you?
My mother. I know, Cliche right? But she won't let anything break her, not the weight of the world itself. Regardless of what she is going through, she will always have a smile on her face and will do anything to help anyone. She is the most selfless person I know. I often think how can someone who is so strong also have the biggest heart? I only wish I could be half the woman she is one day.
How do you spend your Self-Care Sunday?
If it’s been a long week, it’ll be a slow morning - besides, what’s a Sunday without coffee, Netflix and a little relaxation? But then I’ll jump up or I’ll be there all day..
For me, organization is key. I can't think straight around mess and I like to be productive - an untidy room drains the positive vibes! I’ll clean, sort through paperwork, old clothes, generally things that require attention from time to time. I also like to pamper myself and check on sales! It's important to be a little selfish and have some ‘me’ time.
Sometimes me and my boyfriend will go skateboarding along the avenue or for a walk on the beach. It feels good to have some fresh air after working in an office, I feel refreshed and ready for the week ahead.
Last but not least, Sunday night I’ll write a list of everything I need to do, appointments I need to attend or what I need to remember. It really helps to keep a lid on my anxiety!