"'You really helped me when I needed it most' - CAMHS"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – Community(County)

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

Hi Keith, I just thought you should know that today I went on a plane. The biggest thing I had been working towards. I flew from London Heathrow to Leeds Bradford Airport, taking a total of 1 hour. (1h 15 including boarding) It was the most therapeutic thing I could have done. I'm experiencing a rush from facing my fear, like I can do anything. The sheer freedom.

On May 15th, I passed my driving test and recently did a Pass Plus course too. The freedom is unreal and I am constantly out and about doing stuff, without any anxiety or giving it a second thought.

I feel more freedom, not just within the UK of course. This coupled with driving, I feel like a normal person once again. We are now going ahead with the visa application for Australia, and I am now looking to do regular flights to help prepare me for the final flight out there and ultimately, employment.

I am not under CAMHS anymore so I won't contact again, I just felt you should know since you gave me the tools to do all of this. Without you I probably wouldn't have been able to go through with it, you really helped me when I needed it most.

Thank you once again.

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Response from Keith Sykes, Team Leader, Thorneywood Intensive Interventions team, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust

Thank you for taking the time to tell me of the positive steps you have taken. It is inspiring to hear all the positive things you have done and have planned. I am sure your story will inspire other people in similar situations to continue with treatment, and help them to realise that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Your commitment was the inspiration that got you where you are today. There were ups and downs on the journey but by working together we overcame the downs and celebrated the ups.

well done and good luck for the future


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