Colleen – My Story

Colleen – My Story

I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember, I’ve always felt I was alone and I was the only one suffering with so much worry and panic. I felt as though I just needed to accept that constant gut feeling in my stomach for the rest of my life. I finally went to the doctors after my anxiety began putting a strain on my relationship with my boyfriend who I hope to have a future with. I was referred to the wellbeing hub in Rugby where I began six weeks of one to one sessions.

I was so nervous to begin with as I have never received help and not many people know I suffer with anxiety, my parents are aware of it but I have never opened up to them about how bad it had gotten. After a few sessions I finally felt relaxed and looked forward to attending them each week.

I regularly go to the gym and attend exercise classes and I never associated these with helping my anxiety, I had a car accident a few years ago which has now created masses of anxiety when I drive, one day I had an incident when I was driving home from the gym which would of usually caused me to go into panic mode, but because I’d just been exercising and felt good I didn’t worry and simply shrugged it off. When I mentioned this in my session we talked about going for longer car journeys after I go to the gym and I even revisited the roundabout where the accident happened. I even go for short walks with my iPod on me which helps to clear my head and so I forget what I’m worrying about. Exercise simply isn’t encouraged enough when it comes to mental health, everyone associates exercise with getting fit and losing weight and not that it can improve your mental health.

Since my six week sessions I now feel more relaxed and I now know I am not alone, social media has also helped me to see that I am not the only young person who suffers with anxiety. I’ve also gained more knowledge into things I can do to help my anxiety if I ever feel panicked like breathing exercises which I never knew about before.

Attending these sessions has also helped me with my future, I am now going to begin a college course in September on counselling so hopefully in the future I can help others with mental health problems. The wellbeing hub has truly helped me in realising I am not alone and there is help out there.

Lee – My Story

Lee – My Story

I have used Coventry & Warwickshire Mind’s services.

It’s hard to think back to what life was like before because I’ve had depression since primary school but I didn’t know it until I spoke to a friend who had depression when I was 13.  When I was younger, I was very unoptimistic and cynical and at school I felt like I was on the verge of a breakdown all the time.  I would always fantasise about running away from school and home.  I learned to cope through college with the support of my friends and it was after college that I found it more difficult to cope.  At 19 I left college and was left to control my depression alone.  I found it more and more difficult to control the depression which led to various breakdowns and ultimately a suicide attempt.  After this I was able to tell my mum about my depression (I was too worried to do this in all the years before) but thankfully I did because she helped me go to the GP and crisis team and since then I’ve felt much more in control.

My GP recommended I visit the service in Rugby, that was 8 months ago and I still attend the Drop-in twice a week.  I’ve done a Lifestyle Check at the Hub and now regularly visit the sports centre where I use the gym thanks to the ‘Fitter Futures’ programme.  I feel much more in control of my depression and I’ve worked out my mind needs a rest now and then, its own little sanctuary.  I’ve found this at Rugby Wellbeing Hub, the gym and the pool hall.