Yvonne is a talented artist whose work is exhibited widely, she also has Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). Simple acts, such as speaking on the phone, can become difficult. Yvonne’s GP put her in touch with Together Co Social Prescribing, where a link worker helped Yvonne rebuild her confidence.
I was referred to Together Co during a difficult period of time; I had been struggling with severe depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Living with both physical and mental ill health, I had become isolated without realising it.
I went to my GP for support and he asked if I would be interested in trying social prescribing with Together Co. After an initial phone call and email contact, I chose to meet my link worker in a cafe. He was very friendly and made me feel safe. We talked about all the things I could do to help reconnect with people and build my confidence.
The positive relationship I had with my link worker was crucial. I had someone trustworthy and reliable to communicate with. We discussed which social groups and activities to try, and talked about progress and achievements.
Being isolated and not knowing who to trust was scary. Working with Together Co helped me identify kind and caring people. I now look for those traits in others. I feel more positive. I’ve made new connections. It’s an ongoing process, but I’ve made little steps.
The positive relationship I had with my link worker was crucial. I had someone trustworthy and reliable to communicate with.
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