A woman has shared a video in which she talks frankly about her depression and how counselling with BSL Healthy Minds helped her get her life back.
Before she became depressed, Bexi was a bubbly person who loved to socialise and get involved with things. She saw friends regularly, helped out her local Deaf Club and enjoyed life. But, when a close friend who was suffering from cystic fibrosis died, Bexi plummeted into depression:
“My world came upside down. I became quiet, withdrawn, sad” she says.
Bexi could not accept her friend had gone. She stopped seeing friends or going out, started using cannabis heavily and became depressed and lonely. Even seeing a grief counsellor couldn’t help Bexi cope with her loss.
As her depression worsened, Bexi started to experience panic attacks and started to have ‘dark thoughts’. Eventually she broke down and asked her parents to help her get some support. She
went to her GP who prescribed anti-depressants and referred her for counselling in BSL with BSL Healthy Minds.
With the help of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Bexi was able to face her problems and started to recover. Today she says she is happier and that her life has improved. She can accept her friend has died but he is still with her in her heart.
Bexi says SignHealth saved her life and now she’s using her video to urge other Deaf people who are depressed to ask for help too.
“Ask for help, don’t feel embarrassed.”