"I found the group beneficial, it definitely helped me gain a healthier perspective on my mental health struggles and realise others had some of the same issues as me. I was looking forward to for ways to deal with depressive episodes and having a more positive outlook in general and I feel like the group has helped with that."
"Overall, the group was a helpful and informative experience. We learnt techniques to help lift our mood and that we are not alone in our experiences. During this lockdown period it also provided a welcome opportunity to ‘meet’ new people and not feel so isolated."
"The group was handled excellently, depends on how much others want to share, some people did not but I wanted to share so I did. I felt encouraged to share thoughts and feelings with the group but the balance was just right as we were encouraged – not pressured."
"I normally hate talking in front of people but this felt like a really safe space."
"I think we got on well as a group and could relate to each other despite having different ages and backgrounds. There was no judgement, just a friendly atmosphere."
"It was a new experience for me – which was great because we were able to share and help one another out."
"A big ‘thank you’ to my therapist for his time, positive attitude, and professionalism. He facilitated a great set of sessions and provided some really good tips and behavioural techniques to help me figure out my thoughts and emotions. I feel I am now in a better position to reflect and most importantly ‘act’ when I am feeling down and in reflection, believe my mood has improved dramatically in the past 6-8 weeks."
"I found the service really helpful with the advice and treatment provided for me it was also really helpful to be able to speak to someone that’s was not family or friends about how I was feeling and someone that is aware of my problem and symptoms and give informed advise."
"Right from the beginning I found the service to be excellent. From the self-referral process, to the initial assessment and then finally be assigned my therapist."
"I couldn’t have hoped for a better therapist – I was a little unsure how it would work over the phone, but I felt at ease immediately. I think the rapport that we established really helped me get the most out of this experience."