#5000colo Day 28: My Hero

Distance travelled: 21.91 miles
Cumulative distance: 565.38 miles
Distance remaining: 4434.62 miles
Percentage complete: 11.31
Villages visited: Little Plumstead, Salhouse, Wroxham, Hoveton, Coltishall, Horstead, Crostwick.

This is Jamie. He’s a good mate of mine, and one of my mental health heroes.

Jamie has experienced various mental health issues, homelessness, drug addiction and bereavement, and now uses his experiences to help others.

He originally trained as a peer support worker, but then completed a foundation degree in mental health nursing, and now works in the NHS as an assistant practitioner.

Jamie’s constantly managing his own mental health, but also devoting his career to espousing the virtues of a recovery-led mental health model, which puts the individual at the centre of their recovery journey rather than simply directing them to a particular service or waiting list.

Jamie’s strength, courage and openness is an inspiration to me, and I’m a strong advocate of peer support and the recovery model.

We had a lovely old chat over coffee at Salhouse Garden Centre, and we’re going to try to ride together again soon.

I’ve also recorded an interview with Greatest Hits Radio (99.9FM on your dials, for those of you who still have dials), which I hope will air tomorrow at some point.

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