Justyna Maslanka

I am Justyna Maslanka.

I am proud to serve as a mental health advocacy and support volunteer for ethnic minorities at Cairde. My journey with Cairde has spanned almost 20 years, starting when I sought advocacy support as a client to address my mental health services complaint successfully. This positive experience sparked my passion for supporting others, leading me to join Cairde in 2015 as a Community Health Worker and later as a volunteer.

During my time with Cairde, I have had numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth. I have been involved in various projects and activities, gaining valuable insights and expanding my understanding of the Irish mental health system. Cairde’s supportive staff and friendly environment have empowered me, instilling confidence in providing professional advocacy support to others and helping them access the needed services.

Through my involvement with Cairde, I have received certifications as a WRAP Facilitator and have participated in Mental Health Advocacy and Support training specifically tailored for ethnic minorities. This training has equipped me with the necessary skills to support individuals with lived experiences of mental health illnesses effectively.

Working with Cairde has not only challenged me to invest in my personal and spiritual development but has also allowed me to contribute to the betterment of our community.

As a member of Mental Health Reform and the Sharing the Vision National Implementation Monitoring Committee, I actively contribute to projects, conferences, and important meetings, representing the interests of our community.

Engaging in voluntary work with Cairde has become a fundamental part of my life and soul’s purpose. It brings me great satisfaction to support and work alongside individuals who share the same vision of building a strong and inclusive community. Together, we are optimistic, eager to face new challenges, and passionate about developing a professional and free service. Cairde’s dedication to providing high-quality advocacy, mental health support, and overall well-being services has been inspiring. It is truly amazing to be part of a team that supports, motivates, and challenges me to continuously grow and make a positive impact on the lives of others.