"Amazing. I owe my life to you guys."

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

(as a service user),

I am in my 30's, male with 2 young children. Several years ago I was admitted onto Ward B2 after suffering with depression for a long period of time. I had been on a course of anti-depressants and along with regular visit to my GP had been seeing therapists and psychiatrists. Although these treatments were good in the short term, my problems and difficulties with dealing with certain situations soon resurfaced. This got to the point where I attempted suicide and was unable to guarantee my own safety.

During my second period on B2, I was approached by ‘R’ and asked if I would be interested in trying some alternative therapies as she thought they would be beneficial to me. After several weeks and numerous sessions, I was released from hospital but kept returning on a weekly basis to attend appointments with ’R’.

My last appointment was over a year ago and although I still suffer with difficulties in coping and at times struggle, I have not attempted to harm myself. I strongly believe it is because of the work with ‘R’ and the other staff on B2 that I am not just coping but leading a normal life. I have been working now for over 8 months, looking after my 2 young children and carrying out normal everyday tasks, things that up until 12 months ago and before the amazing work of all the staff on and connected to the Mental Health Unit, I found almost impossible.

Thank you so much. I owe my life to you guys.

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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for your posting. Your story is inspirational..It is great to receive positive comments about the work on B2.. I will forward it onto the staff who will appreciate you taking the time to share your story.

Best Wishes for the future.