Maya Patel

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My name is Maya and I’m the Volunteering and Training Coordinator and Mental Health First Aid Instructor at Restore. 

Why did you want to become a MHFA instructor?
One of the reasons I wanted to become an MHFA Instructor was to eradicate the stigma associated with mental ill-health. I want people to feel comfortable enough to speak about their mental health when they need help, just as you would do with physical health. 

What impact do you feel you make as an instructor?
I enjoy delivering the training as it is well structured, informative, and interactive. I have my own experience of mental ill-health and have supported others in their recovery which has helped me in delivering the training. 

How you feel the Pebble Project will help promote mental health in the community especially for minorities?
The Pebble Project is important as I feel very passionate about reducing the stigma around mental ill-health in BAME communities. I believe it is very important to form links so that people have the skills and knowledge to help others and themselves in their recovery and can talk openly about mental health.


Restore is taking part in Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020, the UK’s largest match funding campaign, to raise money for an MHFA Marketer to reach more diverse communities in Oxfordshire – we’re calling this the Pebble Project
Donations made through the platform from 1pm December 1st – 1pm December 8th will be doubled. 
Find out more about the Pebble Project
Donate to our Pebble Project