"Rosewood has been my saviour"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as the patient),

I first attended Rosewood Involvement Centre in March 2014. Its been paramount in my health and wellbeing alongside all my other coping strategies following the breakup of my marriage in June of last year.

For the first time in my life I have taken back control of illness. My saving graces being exercise, music, dance, relaxation, talking talking to friends, saying no to people for the first time ever, being kind to myself and asking for help and last but not least -listening to my body.

Unlike any other time I have driven the illness rather than it controlling and engulfing me. I came to Rosewood knowing it was a safe place and for me the next step in my recovery journey. I must say that having worked as a professional for 20 years I never managed to remain in work each time I suffered relapse. Instead my skills in the workplace became defunct each time I was illness. This time however I have used and increasingly continued to revisit all my professional skills which have all been transferable to Rosewood. I feel human again. Mental health doesn't discriminate - we are all vulnerable to it. Rosewood has been my saviour. And I have learned to manage my illness much better. At Rosewood to mention just a few things iv achieved are: -

- Attending conferences and Recovery Forums.

-Organised buffets

-Done training and public speaking.

-Practised good health and safety.

-Been involved in music, gardening, poetry and dance.

-Listening to talks on safeguarding, equality and diversity, food hygiene.

Instead of relapse I have hope, health, happiness, healing, opportunities, confidence, strength, vitality, excitement, friendships and most importantly, lived experience which I hope others will gain strength from, and now I want to give something back as I couldn't have done it on my own. At last I'm proud and I hope others will be too. Thank you Rosewood and family there. x

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Response from Toni Morley, Children & Young People's Patient Experience & Involvement Lead, Family Health Division, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear MrsS123,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences of attending the Rosewood Involvement Centre here on Patient Opinion and thank you for sharing such positive feedback with us.

I am delighted to hear that the Centre has proved so beneficial to you during your recovery journey and has helped to give you happiness, confidence and all the other positive attributes you mention in your posting.

Our volunteers are paramount to making our Involvement Centres what they are and it's the volunteers, like you, who come along and support each other that make it so rewarding and valuable to everyone involved.

Please keep coming, and working with us. Your contribution is really appreciated

Many thanks once again for posting such lovely feedback, it really does help us to shape the way our services run and continue to offer a professional and beneficial support system to our volunteers.

Warm regards


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