How much do you value not being alone?
Being able to talk to someone who understands and cares? This can be truly life-changing.
Jane describes herself as a private person. Until five years ago, she stayed at home, never going out.
I’ve got Schizotypal personality disorder, paranoia, depression, insomnia and OCD. Recently my new psychiatrist said: ‘You’ll never get better’.
But being part of a Rethink Mental Illness support group helps me with my mental health, because it takes me away from the world a bit. It's my therapy. The group opens different avenues, different possibilities.
I wouldn’t talk to anyone when I started coming here - I was pushing the group away. But now I’m getting some help. I still don’t sit and chat with people much, but I don't have to, I can be myself. I come because being here has helped me.
We recently went to the seaside. I went swimming in the sea, and loved it. Being part of the group has brought me out. I would never have gone to London; I would never have gone up Big Ben.
Years ago my future was that I wasn’t going to be here. But every day, I’ve stayed alive. Every day I think: “Today is going to be a better day"
All the money we raise for this appeal goes towards our support groups, helping people like Jane.
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(Photo and name have been changed as Jane is a bit shy)