• Question: What is your main motivation within your job?

    Asked by AA to Robert, Olly, Nicola, Jasmin, Dennis, Caroline on 12 Jun 2019.
    • Photo: Jasmin Moon

      Jasmin Moon answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      To know that I can improve other people’s lives is my biggest motivator in my job. People spend a big part of their day at work and often see their work colleagues more often than they do their own family and friends. Therefore I feel that people should be happy, healthy and safe at work and I try to make sure of this for the people I am supporting as best I can.

    • Photo: Dennis Relojo-Howell

      Dennis Relojo-Howell answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      I love blogging. I have been doing this for 15 years. I think being a mental health blogger is an exciting career option. It’s like being a YouTube vlogger.

      Also I like to publish all things psychology, mental health and well-being.

    • Photo: Oliver Clabburn

      Oliver Clabburn answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      As long as I feel like the work I’m doing can help people and improve their lives somehow- it’s all good! Moreover, it’s really important to have a good work/life balance and to not feel so over-stressed and burdened with work that your personal life suffers.

    • Photo: Robert Dempsey

      Robert Dempsey answered on 12 Jun 2019:

      I think helping to understand why some people experience mental health difficulties, how they manage these difficulties, and how we can help to reduce distress experienced by others is a big motivation. For me, I think we really lack a clear understanding of the complex mechanisms which lead to poor mental health outcomes and also why some people don’t experience these poor outcomes despite having some difficult personal circumstances (i.e. what buffers against these risk factors or improves wellbeing). I think psychological approaches to mental health offers a way of understanding the complex nature of mental health and wellbeing (which other approaches may not be able to do alone)

    • Photo: Nicola Johnstone

      Nicola Johnstone answered on 13 Jun 2019:

      Helping people.

    • Photo: Caroline Brett

      Caroline Brett answered on 13 Jun 2019:

      I’m a lecturer so my main motivation is to teach my students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in psychology (and beyond)