“After a very busy period at work, I started developing stomach aches that woke me up every morning. This led to extreme tiredness over the following few weeks and eventually led to not falling asleep at all. I contacted my GP who diagnosed me with anxiety, and I was put on a waiting list for NHS talking therapy. Knowing this could take a while, I soon realised it would be a good idea to contact a therapist as soon as possible. However, the cost for therapy was something we just could not afford as a family. This is when I approached ABS for help.
ABS referred me to Anxiety UK who quickly (in just a couple of days) carried out a wellbeing assessment before funding the sessions I greatly needed with a therapist who gave me tools for coping with my high workload and work-related stress. I now use these every day! If ABS were not able to connect me with a therapist, I would still be waiting and would not have been able to get the tools I need to cope.
I hope one day to be in a financial position to support ABS, who can then continue to support others in need.”
*Name has been changed for confidentiality.