“My life changed when I made a decision to stop being challenged by the idea of having a mental illness, and became a mental health advocate and educator, visiting high school classes. That was another major step in terms of recovering and rebuilding my life in a satisfying way.”
If you have yet to experience volunteering, you may wonder why it can be personally rewarding. There are quite a few convincing reasons.
Volunteering helps you develop stronger social networks and more friendships. It can help you become more mentally and physically active, and can even contribute to getting a better sleep. Some people find that volunteering helps them experience less stress and anxiety.
You can pick up new skills and knowledge by volunteering, and it can also improve your employability – if that’s something you are looking to do. And you can volunteer for as much or as little time as you like – from just a few hours every now and then to a full-time commitment.
Whatever you are interested in, you can probably find an organisation in your community that would love to have your help, and volunteering your time and effort can be a great way to add purpose and meaning to your life. We also have pages on other purposeful activities like work, hobbies, and getting involved.