"Mental health - anxiety and stress."

About: Six Degrees Social Enterprise (CIC)

(as the patient),

I was referred to a lady from six-degrees by my GP. This was fantastic as it was set up in my surgery so no worries as to where I was to go, or how to get there. (normally not a problem, but due to how I was feeling I would of probably not gone if it was elsewhere).

To me, my mind was like a bowl of spaghetti with hundreds of issues running around the bowl. I was trying to push the ends back into the bowl and not deal with the strands that kept falling out. Even after only a couple of sessions I started to face up and sort out issues 1 by 1. From the support and sensible guidance given to me, I had several more sessions each week and slowly started to see me again when I looked in the mirror. I would not have thought this possible from such informal /yet professional sessions. I will be eternally grateful for the help and support that I have been given.

I am 52 yrs old and have never experienced what I have been through before so as you can imagine I was scared about the whole process.

I was put at my ease - in a comfortable environment - a box of tissues (these were needed on early appointments). Bit by bit, she emotionally picked me up and dusted me off so that I would have the strength to address and sort out issues affecting me. My self esteem rose and I was able to ask anything without fear of feeling daft.

An excellent service which made me feel that I could slowly get back onto the "hamster's wheel of life" again.

I have learnt strategies to cope with life's ups and downs.

I would not change anything.

Thank you

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Response from Chardworth Dhliwayo, Operational Manager, Six Degrees Social Enterprise

We are grateful that you have taken your time to give us this wonderful feedback. We are pleased that we have been able to support you to deal with what must have been quite distressing concerns. We are going to share your feedback with the rest of the team. We wish you all the best and please feel free to get in touch if you happen to think of any suggestions.

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