“Earlier this year, I was suffering greatly with depression and anxiety, my situation had been getting bad for a while and I had just started going back to the doctors despite having realised the symptoms throughout the year. At that time, my grandmother, who I was very close to, passed away having been terminally ill and the weight of my course hit me hard; my girlfriend also split from me as she couldn’t bear to see me suffering. As a consequence I was in a very low position, to the point where I was suicidal and had actively started to act on these thoughts and feelings.
Finally something triggered and I reached out to my tutors, who both offered me support and help, and one of them put me in contact with the ABS who referred me to Anxiety UK. I had a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). My counsellor was a very kind helpful individual who was always able to tailor the techniques to my situation.
Following my initial contact with the ABS a lot has changed; I have come to terms with the loss of my grandmother, I have also finished my Masters and am currently a Part 2 architectural assistant in Winchester at a firm where I have wanted to work for a long time. My girlfriend and I managed to work things out and being more open about my mental well-being really helped us. I listened to the doctor’s advice more as well and have been on a course of anti-depressants.
I have come a long way from where I started and definitely feel more confident to talk about my well-being and reach out if needs be. I have noticed a change in myself and I do feel the tools Anxiety UK gave me through CBT have really helped me get to this point.