Viv's story

 

Viv was facing a number of issues when she joined Step Forward Tees Valley:

 

Mental ill health - she was suffering with depression and anxiety. Her navigator referred her to the Well-being Centre in Saltburn for counselling sessions. She found these sessions to be very beneficial and her mental health improved. She liked the fact the sessions  were in her home town and the familiarity gave her some comfort.

 

Isolation -  she was feeling very isolated and felt she isolated herself due to her mental-ill health. Her navigator saw her regularly for one-to-one appointments and they discussed different ways she could start to feel more part of the community. She started to  attend a ladies' coffee mornings and Community Hero volunteer events. They discussed volunteer opportunities and the options available to her

 

Domestic abuse - after seeing her navigator for a while, Viv admitted she had been a victim of domestic abuse and how historic domestic abuse she suffered affects her mental ill health. She was referred to EVA Women's Aid and joined their Freedom programme. She found this to be the most beneficial course. She met some new friends and regularly meets up with them outside of the course for social activities

 

Viv said: "I received a lot of support from Step Forward and my  mental health has improved significantly."

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