As one of Shout’s very first volunteers, Angus has given more than 1,000 hours of mental health support to hundreds of children, young people and adults across the UK.
When I started volunteering not only did I find myself helping people, as I had wanted to do, but it gave me a sense of worth that had been missing for some time.
Why did you want to become a Shout Volunteer?
In 2011, I fell off a mental health cliff and was hospitalised. My gradual recovery brought me to the realisation that I was incredibly fortunate to have access to immediate mental healthcare through medical insurance. Most other people are not so lucky.
Looking at my incredible two daughters, I simply couldn’t imagine them going through what I had been through without specialist support. I was wondering how I could change this when I bumped into Shout.
Why does Shout appeal to young people?
Parents aren’t always the first people kids want to turn to if they’re having problems. As a text service, Shout is a safe and familiar way for kids to open up without feeling exposed.
What do you find most rewarding?
When I started volunteering for Shout, not only did I find myself helping people, as I had wanted to do, but it gave me a sense of worth that had been missing for some time.
After a while, I found myself wanting to help people for longer than my volunteering shifts. The amazing supervisors at Shout came up with an idea: train to become a qualified counsellor. I’ve started my training and am now on placement as a school counsellor.
I will never stop volunteering for Shout because the knowledge and experience I have already gained is priceless.
Find out more about becoming a Shout Volunteer and apply here.