Carol’s Story

Having suffered from anxiety, panic attacks and phobias for most of my life, two years ago I became ill with a physical illness, which lasted for over 6 months. I became deeply depressed and my Doctor sent me to see a psychologist, who was a great help. He gave me a pamphlet about a support group called HAND UP.

I was afraid to go at first, but I rang one of the contact numbers and I talked with someone who understood what I was going through. The person I spoke with said, that if I wanted, a couple of group members could visit me before I attended the group myself. I liked this idea, because I thought it would be easier for me to attend the group if I already knew someone there.

I found the people who came to see me were very friendly and supportive, so I decided to attend the next HAND UP support group meeting.

I have now been going to the support group meetings for over 18 months and I love to help other people and share with them. We laugh a lot and enjoy our meetings.

I find that talking about my goals and keeping contact with others really helps. I also enjoy the mental health readings, which help me understand my depression and anxiety.

I have grown in self esteem and confidence and have even joined a choir, which started in the group.

The support group has helped me become a more positive person and to enjoy life again. I highly recommend HAND UP as a support group to anyone. It has changed my life for the better.