I would like to write a few words of thanks. Not only to my own befriender who has helped me through a difficult time in my life, but to all the volunteers who take up this position. It’s hard to define the true essence or value I apply to such a simple thing as gaining a friend – even if it is for just a short while. A friend who sees the person they’ve befriended for who they are and not what they are.
I would also say the impact on the feelings of isolation I have had because of my mental illness have been greatly alleviated by the social interactions between my befriender and I. I believe that this is one of the most priceless gifts a befriending scheme can offer and with that simple gift there are many avenues for self-improvement to be found.
Since I started with the befriending scheme at FDAMH I have found that my confidence has increased. My self-esteem has increased and my general wellbeing has increased. I have gained so many things that it is difficult to quantify the values in such a short letter. There is one other benefit that I would like to mention. It’s the rebuilding of personal friendships in my private life because of the increase in self worth and the desire to get back on the saddle again.
The befriending scheme made me feel human again and you just can’t put a value on feeling human. It’s priceless. Thanks