"Without the help from Inclusion Matters I would not be where I am today"

About: Inclusion Matters Sefton

(as the patient),

I had been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder due to being at Hillsborough 24 years ago. I had never told anyone of my experiences and had tried to lock it away in my head and ignore what I had gone through.

In January, I had a breakdown. The previous six months I started suffering with strange symptoms but did not equate this to Hillsborough. Without the treatment from Inclusion Matters I don't know what might have happened to me as I was in a very dark place.

After an initial conversation over the phone I was given an appointment 2 days later. During the sessions over the following weeks it became apparent to me how much my experiences at Hillsborough had actually affected me over the years.

Before the treatment I received at Inclusion Matters I could not talk about or watch anything to do with Hillsborough. I could not attend any of the memorial services.

Over the past 5 months I have learned to deal with what I went through that day and finally after 24 years I feel I can live with my experiences. Without the help from Liam and the staff at Inclusion Matters I would not be where I am today.

I know there are many other Hillsborough victims suffering in silence. I just hope they can get the treatment I received.

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Response from Elizabeth Forrest, CBT Therapist, Inclusion Matters

Dear Patchy475,

Thank you for your open and honest feedback.

I am so pleased that you got the support you needed and now feel that you are able to live with your experiences of Hillsborough.

I am sure there are many other people who are deeply affected by Hillsborough, and indeed other traumatic events; and I hope your words will be a comfort to them and an encouragement for them to contact their GP to ask for a referral to our service.

I will pass your feedback onto Liam and thank you again for taking the time to do this.

Best wishes for the future,

Elizabeth Lovell

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