Before I asked my doctor to refer me to SignHealth’s service BSL Healthy Minds, I was not very well. I felt very down, stressed, anxious and I did not have much motivation or confidence.
I was also drinking far too much to try and feel better, calmer and to help me sleep. This caused a bad pain in the side of my stomach.
I put off asking for help for a long time because I did not realise that:
- You can ask your GP to refer you to this service.
- It doesn’t matter if you’re not perfectly fluent in BSL, they can match you with a therapist according to your communication needs e.g SSE.
- The therapist can travel to your own GP surgery or another suitable local place.
But once I was reassured on these points, my therapy started with a very supportive SignHealth counsellor and within 6 months I felt more confident and motivated, I started going out doing things and meeting new people. I had also halved my drinking and started to have a few days a week without drinking at all. Therapy with SignHealth was a life-changing experience for me.
If you feel depressed, anxious or stressed, or you are worried you are drinking too much alcohol and need someone to talk to, our service BSL Healthy Minds could help you. Click here to find out more.
This is a true account of one man’s experience. We have kept his identity hidden at his request.
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