Meeting Miss Teesside 2016!

Caption: Sarah Gething wanted to thank us for all the help and support we provided for her
Caption: “Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind re-engaged me into chasing my dreams, I lost focus but my counsellor motivated me"
Caption: Sarah Gething now has three titles under her name including Miss Teesside 2016, Miss Charity 2016 and also Miss Publicity 2016.

We all struggle to cope at some point in our lives and that even goes for Miss Teesside 2016.

Sarah Gething popped into our centre this week and we just had to share her inspirational journey.

Prior to entering Miss Teesside, Sarah suffered with depression after being made redundant from her job. She felt she had hit rock bottom and lost all of her confidence in the process.

Sarah came to Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind for help and support and we worked with her for over a year to get her back on track.

“Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind re-engaged me into chasing my dreams, I lost focus but my counsellor motivated me. The sessions give me the confidence boost I needed to get out of that dark patch”.

In her early years, Sarah had been bullied in school for being a sporty girl. She felt she was left out and didn’t have place in a friendship group.

Sarah kept her mind focused despite the bullying and it all paid off when she became a semi-professional Badminton player.

Now 26 years old, Sarah currently teaches at Sunderland University as a Sports and Public services lecturer.

It was Sarah’s boyfriend who encouraged her to apply for Miss Teesside and she decided to give it a chance and see what impact she could make.

“I stood out for being different and it definitely paid off in the end”.

Being crowned Miss Teesside 2016 was a way to challenge the stereotype that all women need to look a certain way, or have a certain body type to be beautiful and prove that anyone can win if they put their mind to it.

Sarah now hopes to raise awareness of bullying and how it can impact a person’s confidence. She hopes that winning this pageant inspire others to feel confident enough to be themselves and to not buy into the media portrayal of beauty, to just be yourself.

Sarah Gething now has three titles under her name including Miss Teesside 2016, Miss Charity 2016 and also Miss Publicity 2016.

“Always follow your dreams, because no dream is too big”. Sarah’s next ambition is to attend Miss Europe in May next year and she’s really looking forward to it.

It’s so amazing to hear Sarah’s journey but also for her kind words on how our charity has helped her restart her career and build the confidence she lost.

“If you put your mind to it, then you can be who you want to be”. Sarah Gething is exactly that.

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