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Joe
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My Story

The best advice I can give is that dark days will pass. Joe Laker

I always considered myself someone who could tackle any problem life presented to me. I have always struggled to talk about my emotions and feelings. My job had always been a release for me and was a way for me to channel these emotions into something creative and fulfilling.

Things changed in 2019 when I started working in a kitchen that completely took all this away. It was both physically and mentally draining and it was no longer giving me the release that I always had. The environment was violent and completely stripped of humanity. It was the first time in my life I walked out of a job. I was thrown into quite a deep depression, first of all because the industry that I love and have given my life to suddenly became the reason I had crashed and burnt. At this point in my life I never wanted to step foot in a professional kitchen again, I thought it was all over for me.

It was a slow journey back to where I am now. I had some very close friends who helped me get over the worst of it. I took my time and didn’t rush into getting back to work. For the first time in years I gave myself the time I needed to heal. Taking the step back into the industry was not an easy decision to make but it was one that I can look back on with no regrets.

The best advice I can give is that dark days will pass. Surround yourself with people that enrich your life and that you can talk to when times get hard. Talking about mental health isn’t a weakness, there’s strength in needing others.

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