Neil can...

NAME: Neil

FROM: Middlesbrough

ABOUT: Mental Health - Depression

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MY #BOROMANCAN STORY:

“We had so much going on, and because I didn’t want to put any more pressure on my family, and I thought it was probably my Crohns disease anyway”

Neil was working at SSI in the steel industry when in 1995 he was diagnosed with Crohns Disease which is associated with flare ups of nausea, abdominal pain, weight loss and fever. Stressful enough without the threat of closure at the steel works during 2015. Add to this the serious heart problems his young son was struggling to get a specialist diagnosis for and a house subsiding and an insurance company not wanting to pay out, and things were bound to take their toll. His told his GP his symptoms which included low mood and worry.  “I went to the GP and wanted it to be a physical issue, not mental health” and after blood tests the P told me to return two weeks later. “He told me I was suffering from mild depression”. He rejected the idea at first until he received a sicknote for work stating it. Neil is a Mental Health First Aid instructor and says that anti depressants made him emotionless, but that therapy through his workplace changed everything and helped his explore the many losses he had experienced, and not dealt with properly including losing parents at a young age.

He credits his recovery closely to using the five ways of wellbeing, counselling and having good support from family and friends and has changed the way he views and approaches problems in life.

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FIND OUR MORE

  • Tell your GP, friends and close family about how you feel.
  • Get free NHS counselling from http://wecantalk.org/
  • Find out more about the five ways of wellbeing by searching on the internet for ‘Insight five ways of wellbeing