Roger Brooks


Ward Visitor

  • When did you join Canerows and Plaits?

July 2010.

  • Why did you want to be a visitor?

I wanted to be a visitor as I wanted to help people with mental health problems stay well. By telling people how I stay well and giving them the encouragement and support to do what they need to do to stay well, be it by taking their medication, through counselling or going to the gym.

  • Tell us a bit about your education and work.

In college, I did a B tech Diploma in computers. I used to be a cab driver about 20 years ago. I was also a chef at Sound Minds for about two or three years. Now I’m a singer and a base player for ‘The Blessed’, a band at Sound Minds.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy cycling and listening to music.

  • What do you like about working for Canerows?

Helps make a difference to people with mental health problems.

  • What do you like about visiting people?

I like sharing my own experience of mental health problems and telling them what I’ve been through because some people have been through the same thing. If I can overcome them then I want them to be able to do the same.

  • What tips would you give people considering taking up the role of a ward visitor?

Well, I’d say you must be able to ‘listen to what the person has to say’ which is very important.