Corrina Simmonds is a Wellbeing Practitioner at University Centre Sparsholt and is passionate about helping students look after their minds and supporting them when things get tough.
1. Tell us about your mind. What’s it like up there?
Hmm tricky to answer as it depends…sometimes is BUSY things are going in and out and around about! Other times it’s relaxed and joyful, especially if music is playing. I have the type of mind that is good at shutting off, which is why I think I am able to do the job I do. I’m not sure if this is something I have naturally or if I have learnt and adapted over the years?!
2. Why do you think we need to talk about mental health and wellbeing?
Talking about how you feel is so important as it impacts on everything we do. Knowing that you are not alone and there is help and support out there is so beneficial too. I think the more comfortable we feel about talking about mental health then the more likely we might recognise when we need some support and seek help.
3. What’s your advice for getting people talking about mental health and wellbeing?
Listen, really listen. You don’t always need all the answers but acknowledging how someone is feeling can make the world of difference.
4. How have you used Mindapples in your work or your organisation?
I came across Mindapples via an internet dive and loved what they stand for and their ethos about education for the mind. We are very happy to be working with Mindapples this year to help students recognise healthy ways to look after their minds in everyday life.
We have launched the App and had a Feed Your Mind webinar to get our students thinking and talking!
5. What do you do that’s good for your mind? What are your “mindapples”?
I am a fresh air girl so some gardening or a walk always help to make me feel grounded and refreshed. I love listening to music, it can really sort me out if I have had a rubbish day or pump me up if I am going out. A big huggle from my boys is always so good for the soul. Finally, I love a good button or switch – there is something very satisfying about a good clicking sound!
Corrina Simmonds is a Wellbeing Practitioner at University Centre Sparsholt and is passionate about helping students look after their minds and supporting them when things get tough. She’s a Mum of two, who likes music, cricket and growing flowers and veggies in her garden.