Lesley Hayes
Name: Lesley Hayes
Character: Care coordinator ‘Marcia’
I have been with Know My Mind since September 2015, but saw the play earlier in the year.
I play Marcia, the care coordinator, who becomes completely overwhelmed by her workload, which affects her health and private life, and things get worse from there. She feels trapped in a system where she is responsible for caring and supporting everyone else, while receiving none for herself.
Having worked in care myself, I have seen and, to a lesser extent, felt this happen. What's so frustrating for Marcia is that even though she is working within the mental health service, she still feels she can’t trust or talk to anyone about how she is feeling. What's worrying is that if it can’t happen there, how can it possibly happen anywhere else?