Experience – Activity Groups

Leaving limbo and finding my creativity

Before finding FDAMH I wandered around in a state of limbo thinking why me and that I was the only one feeling this way. I felt ashamed to admit I had mental health issues. Now I feel I’m part of a family who are all my friends. I am not judged and I am accepted as me! I started off attending for counselling and then attended the women’s group. At present I’m in the media group which I thoroughly enjoy. We have done a play about mental health “we are all bobby” and have performed this in front of an audience. I now do poetry which may not be rabbie burns but its mine and I enjoy it. The truth be told if I had not come to FDAMH and joined the media group I wouldn’t have known the creative skills I have. I look forward to many years with my family and friends.

Tags: Activity Groups, Counselling
26/11/2013 at 4:44 pm


Without my Link Worker I’d still be shut up in my house

My experience of the link service is a very positive one. I met Jane when she came for a visit, after a talk it was decided that I would benefit from this service. Jane would come to the house and pick me up, then we would go out for a walk and decide what would happen next. She helped me get into a craft group (not an easy task), we were getting on really well till a group of about 6 people entered at one time. I escaped panicking and could not go back in.

After trying another couple of things Jane suggested we go down to FDAMH and we went up into her office. Next she introduced me to the Next Step Course and came with me on the days out, I was quite secure when we were out in the open I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jane continued to support me in many other ways too, I could only get off the bus at one bus stop, so Jane met me at the bus-stop for a few weeks then she got on the bus with me to a stop nearer the centre, this was very scary for me as I was afraid she would not get on the bus. After another couple of weeks she met me at the next bus stop instead of coming on the bus. After that she would meet me further and further down the road till the first time I made it on my own, You have no idea how I felt that day.

I was introduced to the Arts and Media Group, this was amazing, I actually got up on stage in front of a crowd of over 100 people and played my part in our brilliant play, ‘We are all Bobby’, my husband and son could not believe it! We are now rehearsing for a Comedy charity night during Mental Health Awareness Week in October, can’t wait.

With Jane’s encouragement I applied to be a volunteer with the Third Age Befriending Project, I completed the training, I am now waiting to be matched with a befriendee, who would have thought it!

Without the help of Jane as my link worker I would still be shut up in my house, I cannot say how big a support the Link service is.

Tags: Activity Groups, Anxiety, Isolation and Loneliness, Link Service, Panic, Volunteering
25/11/2013 at 7:14 pm