Ryan's journey with anxiety

Meet Ryan, who recently realised that through most of his adult life he has lived with anxiety

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we are joining the fight to get people thinking and talking about their mental health and trying to remove the stigma around it. 

Ryan Palmer, our Director of Quality and Impact here at Central YMCA, has agreed to share his story of mental health and anxiety with us. In doing so, he has set an example and shown us that addressing your feelings isn't a sign of weakness but shows us your strength and is absolutely crucial for your wellbeing.  

If you are struggling to cope, we urge you to speak to someone you trust or to call a free helpline such as the Samaritans (116 123 – UK and Ireland).