I had a great and positive experience. The experience with Robin was life-changing, I was treated respectfully and the sessions were very fruitful. I received support with CVs, interview coaching and covering letters. After several months, I finally got a job and started working again after 5 years of unemployment!
I feel that I bonded well with Robin, and consider him to be a life-long friend and a mentor. I am grateful to have received great support, which helped me overcome depression and embark upon a new career as an animal/aquatic technician in major institutions.
Thank you so so so much. I could never have gone back to work without your help.
A massive thank you for all of your support that I have received in this stressful period of my life, it has made going back into work more manageable and helped me to prepare for it. Having someone there on the morning of my first day back at work after being off sick for many months really helped me to feel a lot better
Thank you for your help, finally I’ve got the job as Maths Lecturer. I went to interview and used the interview skills we practiced together. Again many thanks for your help and support
I have nothing but praise for this service. The way Lan helped and supported me was wonderful. When we met I was in the middle of a personal crisis and she sat and listened to me without judgement, without criticism. She was so kind and able to really take on board what I was saying to her and how I needed her to help me. This has been a massive part of my healing journey, meeting someone who was able to be with me in the place I actually was. I will always be grateful to her and the service for this.
I wasn’t new to counselling when I had group sessions with the Mother Tongue Counselling Service, but it was still a new experience for me. I was looking for someone who listens to what I have to say and respond without being pushy, and that’s what I got. The facilitator brought in interesting topics of discussion, paid attention to us individually and showed us our options. I was able to make changes and have some conversations with my family which I had always been avoiding. We were always reminded of the choice of self-referral, if need be. The handouts, booklets and emails which were distributed, especially after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, have been extremely handy and helpful. Will definitely recommend the service to a friend!
When I’m at the groups they help take away my anxiety, (not all – but partly) It’s a fantastic service. The mix of talks and activities is varied and relevant. When I’m depressed I need to be with others to help me laugh again, during the conversations with others this does happen and the sharing of experience really helps and to know that there are people around who care and who recognise me.
Being with others who have a shared experience of depression is helpful because people there have lower expectations of me, they are less judgemental than others and we do help each other, sharing our experiences of depression when it comes up. The groups don’t make demands of me and that helps when I’m depressed – I also have problems with personal obligation. Coming out to the meet-ups does reduce my isolation, and keeps me active and I can help others.
Without Friends In Need I feel that my recovery would be totally reliant on meditation. Having Friends in Need has now become a life line in supporting my wellbeing. I receive so much more than medication can provide. My isolation has lessened, my activities have increased. I’m discovering new activites such as the appreciation of Opera. The workshops really give me a sense of involvement. I have met wonderful people and I feel very supported by them. They have become my friends. I love my time spent with everyone they have become my family.
I was terrified when I walked into my first Friends in Need meet up and I didn’t know anyone, I wanted to leave. It’s so hard to socialise with others. The help that Stuart and Whitney provides to introduce me to others helps me. I now recognise a few people and that interaction is important for me. Having people talking openly about their mental health is a support to me, it’s not usual for people to open about their mental health…. And just from talking I learn from others – hear their ideas… I definitely recommend it.