"She was the only person that has kept me safe and protected me"

About: Advocacy Support Cymru

(as the patient),

Hi, my story is about my battle with depression, and my job that conflicts with it. I have had depression for 3 years.

My recent advocacy experience was quite emotional and with a heightened anxiety and past memories. When my advocacy supported me during the HR work meeting, I just didn't want to do it in that room, with the HR and my boss. I feel that my three years of suffering and constant battle with my depressive illness was a life killer, and I thought I wouldn't survive this hell that I'm going through.

I wasn't sure if I was able to make it back here. I would like to say, thanks to my former key worker, who has given me hope to believe in myself again. She was the only person that has kept me safe and protected me from the outside world.

From this day I am still fighting with the help of my medication. I know that a part of me is gone, but I'm still here and fighting on, and I will keep fighting until my depressive illness doesn't harm me anymore.

I hope that there are people watching over me, from above, and give me the strength and faith to be a stronger person than I was before.

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Response from Advocacy Support Cymru

Thanks for taking the time to tell your story. It certainly helps us to know about the experience of our service users and could be a help to others also.

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