Since the first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2000, mental health groups have pushed topics like loneliness, anger, fear, exercise, alcohol and friendship into the public sphere.
All week, K & M Communities will be focusing on the great work done by in Kincardine & Mearns by Pillar Kincardine, founded in 1989 as a result of the success of “Stepping Stones” and Pillar Aberdeen’s provision of social and leisure activities for people within Aberdeen City (Pillar Aberdeen has since closed on 29th August 2010).
Pillar Kincardine’s objectives then, as now, were to provide support services for people who have experienced or continue to experience challenges in relation to their mental health and to promote mental wellbeing.
We thought it would be good to speak to Sara Kamrath, the smiley face who greets you at Pillar, Kincardine. We persuaded her to tell us and you a little about herself… but not in the conventional way. We wanted to dig deeper…
Getting To Know You…………….
- What would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?
This might sound really mean because I would put somebody else into a dangerous situation but I would want my fiancé Chris with me.
- What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?
Healthy coping skills and mechanisms to deal with stress, emotions and live events well.
- How would your friends describe you?
German but warm hearted.
- What is the one cause that you feel most passionate about?
Mental health awareness, reducing stigma associated with mental health, fighting suicide.
- If you could have any special magic, what would it be
Never to get angry.
- Who is your hero?
I do not have just one hero. Heroes to me are people who make the most of their lives, overcome obstacles and strive to be as good as they can possibly be, every single day.
- What did you want to be when you were small?
I wanted to be a vet.
- If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oh dear, that’s just too hard to decide, as I love food and cooking. I would have to say pasta, but I don’t think I can decide on just one type of pasta dish or sauce.
To find out more about Pillar’s monthly programme of events visit http://www.pillarkincardine.co.uk/pk/pdf/prog.pdf
Visit us again tomorrow to find out more about Pillar and read how mindful colouring has enhanced the lives of many.