"Thank you for my life again"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a service user),

Eleven years ago I had a very bad breakdown. I felt worthless, that I couldn't do anything of importance, that I was a failure and that everyone would be better off if I was no longer alive.

I heard about SPAN Foster Drive and my care worker at Stonebridge sent in a referral for me. I opted for the computer group even though I did not know how to turn one on.

I attended the group and the Training Area Manager (Tim) helped me to eventually pass computer exams and feel as if I was capable of actually doing something worthwhile. I felt as though I was important to my family and that I could eventually get my life back on track.

I have now been volunteering as an Administrator for Tim in the I.T. Group for 4-5 years and I would like to thank him and SPAN for giving me back my life. I still cannot cope very well with lots of people or buses but I know (hope) that this will get better.

Thank you Tim

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Response from Julie Grant, Head of Communications, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you very much for this feeedback.

Our social inclusion service works hard to give people the chancce to develop their skills and find routes back into volunteering or work. It is good to hear that your self-esteem and confidence are improving.

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