In May of 2012, I went off Work with Stress and Anxiety – Simon

I contacted Mind and was asked by the person on the other end of the phone ‘well what do you want us to do about it’ leaving me completely lost and with nowhere to find the help I needed. 
I ended up struggling on with help from my GP and anti-depressants but the treatment I received from Mind left a severe sour taste.

In March of 2014 I was forced to leave my current Employment with extreme Anxiety, I saw my GP and was immediately referred to a private Psychiatrist, as I couldn’t wait to see one through NHS. I was diagnosed with an Acute Smiling Depressive Disorder.

I was passed a leaflet for Mind in November of 2014 by a Family member and bearing in mind my previous experience with Mind was extremely hesitant. However I began attending Moving Forward – and this was the best thing I have ever done, joining people in my situation and sharing our experiences, especially Alan, who chairs our Meetings, whose compassion and understanding of mine and the other Service Users experiences and needs has been invaluable in the tentative first steps on my road to recovery.

Alan is a man who seems to genuinely care about all of us who attend Moving Forward and I have also been attending the Boxercise Class which Alan also runs.

Upon Alan’s suggestion I have also started attending the WRAP Course at the Piccadilly Project in Bradford and this along with my weekly attendance at the Moving Forward Group has given me a sense of belonging and kinship with my fellow attendees and after a very dark period in my life I am now, finally, beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

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