Tell me a little about yourself & what has brought you to the centre?
I had depression for 35 years and just dealt with it and I just had a major depressive episode
which led to psychosis. Which led to a suicide attempt and a 2 month hospital stay. At the
hospital I eventually started to join in sessions and realised it was good to tackle my
depression. I was employed but off work for 6 months.
How were you dealing with your situation before starting to attend CLC?
I wasn't dealing with it- just putting up with it. I had a negative attitude and I felt no point
and just stayed in bed.
What has helped since becoming a member?
The support sessions have helped me, giving me someone to talk to. It's somewhere to go
to talk about solutions. The CLC doesn't feel clinical. As soon as I walk in here I feel safe and
I feel normal. The courses/activities. It has given me a better understanding of depression.
What would you recommend to others?
Just to come along and try anything, see what there is.
What would you say to others about CLC?
It's not clinical - feels like its people helping people. The CLC is a lifeline. It's a break from
everyday life and also helps me long term with everything I have learnt here.
What have you achieved since you became member of CLC?
I now feel okay to just sit and talk to new people which I wouldn't have done before. I don't
cook at all but since doing the Eat Well Feel good course I have made quite a few meals at
home. I've used the circle of excellence if I'm struggling with something. I have learnt from
others, hints and tips. I am now able to break negative thoughts and patterns. I have
improved confidence. I am now more able to talk to people in general and about my mental
health. I am coping better with my depression. I attend courses outside of the centre
because of coming here. Originally I was convinced that I was not able to go back to work
but I am now back in work and approach work with a better attitude and less worry.
Has coming to the centre helped prevent you needing other services?
Yes, it has saved me going to the GP and asking for anti-depressants. it has also helped stop
me asking for far more psychiatrist appointments because I couldn't cope.