Clinician inspired to help others following her mental health struggles as a teenager

19 May 2023

Katie Hopkins, a Healios clinician, has opened up about her experience to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (March 15-21) as she uses her lived experience day-to-day working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Clinician.

Through her role at Healios, the 28-year-old, provides mental health assessments and treatment interventions to young people with a variety of different mental health needs such as anxiety, mood disorders, self harm and suicidal ideation, eating disorders and neurodiversities. Reflecting on her journey, Katie said:

“I wanted to use my experiences in a positive way to help other people and instil hope and show them that anything is possible even in the darkest days. Through my own experiences, I can understand what it’s like to be on the receiving end of getting help from health professionals, and how scary and challenging this can sometimes be. I think it’s important to show people that whatever struggles you may have had with your mental health, this does not define you as a person, and you can go on to achieve anything that you wish to do so. I also think that it’s made me a better clinician through my approach and ability to relate to others. You’ll always remember the people that were kind, treated you with respect and made you feel safe in a time of need.”

To read Katie’s full story, download the UK press release here.


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