Carlos Sebastián Ayala, Project Manager, The Bristol Veterinary School

"Since my teens, I have been in constant search of inner connection to balance my thoughts hand in hand with my daily activities. However, 2020 made me experience a strong episode of anxiety crisis which led me to be paralyzed, mentally and physically for almost two weeks. I normally used to call myself the ‘Psychologist of my friends’, as I have always been providing emotional support when they have needed it. Now I feel honoured and pleased to be championing mental health across my workplace and my community. I consider having experienced ‘both sides of the arena’ and thus, to help generate a different vision and to approach mental health in a constructive and liveable way among colleagues, friends and family."