Naomi is passionate about volunteering, mental health, and getting young people involved in their communities. She believes that it’s played a major part in helping her discover who she is as a person and what she wants to do with her life, allowed her to meet new people and has given her opportunities that she would have never otherwise had.
1.How did you first get involved in volunteering around mental health?
I met Liz, from YoungMinds, on World Mental Health Day in 2012 when they were running a ‘Nut Tree’ in the Victoria Quarter in Leeds. I’d gone to meet her to discuss project I was working on, to do with autism and photography, but we got chatting and I began to volunteer with them.
2. When did you first start volunteering with Shout Out?
Right at the beginning! Before we even had a name or a logo. It was sometime around the beginning of 2013…
3. What is your favourite book to read?
The ‘Little House on the Prairie’ series are my go-to books. My Mum introduced me to them when I was younger. They’re such lovely stories and never fail to make me feel a little more relaxes about life.
4. What are your hobbies?
I’m a knitter and a crocheter, I also love most other things crafty/creative. I love to run but I can’t at the moment which really sucks. I cycle almost everywhere I go – it’s a mode of transport more than anything else but I enjoy it.
5. What would be your 5-a-day for your mental health?
Blankets, sleeping enough, drinking all of the liquid (usually in squash or pepsi max format…), getting outside at least once a day, and watching Netflix.