To continue Mental Health Awareness Week, it was off to local college today to talk to the students about mental health and what they know about it.
An awful lot, which was very gratifying. Myself and my colleague didn’t have to prompt, they knew plenty about the subject, and we let them get on with it. An interactive session, rather than both of us reading off a screen or from a text book, worked perfectly. I like that style, which means whoever is doing the presentation can personalise it to suit the audience.
I recounted my story, culminating in the diagnosis of autism in January. I fielded lots of questions and I like to think the audience were interested in what I had to say. That was also very gratifying too and fills me with a sense of pride and satisfaction.
Now, I’m back at the pub, drinking a cup of tea, waiting for some punters for the follow up to yesterday’s Speed Mating. Very civilised, and very English.
Allen Brooks xx