In this post, Sabine writes about her journey with Mental Health……
My journey with Mental Health started in 2010 when my life went from being normal with a job and a happy home life, after 2 major events I no longer knew who I was, I had fear of leaving my house, being judged and being attacked again.
In 2011 I was referred to Touchstone and then onto the PD Network to do a programme called Journey, with the combination of the two I was able slowly to come out of my home and start to live my life better. Also in 2011 I was informed about a group called The SUN (Service User Network), and it was for service users using or used the services.
I was sure about going as I still had a fear that everybody knew what I had gone through and I would be judged again and worst still attacked for what had happened to me in 2010, a very nice gentleman called Tony, an Independent Involvement Worker from the PD Network, said he would come with me so that I wouldn’t be scared or alone, so I went and the rest is history.
I don’t know why I was scared as the first people I met were Beverley and Anne and they welcomed me with big smiles and made me feel so welcomed I went back month after month. Since I have been with the SUN I have got involved with a Hospital Inspection, reviews, events and helping with the refreshments and my confidence has grown that I now have a job working for Touchstone (Service User Consultant) and the Network (Involvement Worker) and it has also given me the confidence to try new things that even before my melt down would never have heard of or thought of doing.
So I would like to say a huge thank you for everyone who have helped and encouraged me to move forward in my life, given me that extra boost of confidence, encouragement and power to get my life back and to do the things I am doing today, because without Touchstone, Tony, Beverley, Anne and everyone else who have helped me to get to the position I am in today I don’t know what I would be doing or where I would be.
So a HUGE THANK YOU
Thank you for listening