A man who left a 34-year career due to mental health issues is about to help others with mental health problems.
Kenneth Cooper, 51, graduated from Blackburn University Center with a 2: 1 BSc in Applied Psychology after abandoning a long career in engineering.
He now wants to use what he learned in his course to help other people in a similar situation.
Kenneth, of Blackburn, also won the Herbert Parkinson-sponsored health award, which was presented to him at his graduation ceremony, held at King George’s Hall on Tuesday.
During his course he was praised for his work on men’s mental health and has regularly lectured on the subject.
He said: “I worked in engineering for a long time, but at the end of my career I got into a very dark situation, so I asked for help through advice.
“That’s why I wanted to change direction and do something to help other people struggling with their mental health.
“I think helping others is especially important given the stress caused by the Covid-19 pandemic which has caused an upsurge in mental health issues.
“It was a huge change and a challenge to come back to academic learning after all these years, but I had a fantastic tutor who supported me a lot and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to follow. a course with. Without their support I wouldn’t be where I am today, so I really want to thank them.
“I am not sure of my next steps yet, but I am planning to do a master’s degree. Whatever I do, I want to make sure I help others.
Kenneth was one of more than 600 students who celebrated their successes at the three Blackburn University Center graduation ceremonies at King George’s Hall on Tuesday, October 12.