For many years, Janet has tried to encourage others to open up about mental health. After struggling from anxiety and depression herself, she knows how important it is to get people talking.
Janet had worked for the Civil Service for over 33 years before retiring. A range of factors in her personal life eventually led Janet to feel like it was the right time to focus on herself.
“My anxiety levels had become overwhelming and I knew it was time to put myself first. At that point, I tried to prioritise everything in my life and make a fresh start. But I didn’t really know where to begin.”
Janet was initially on long-term sickness leave but was eventually able to claim ill-health retirement. Within this six-month period, she found herself worryingly short on money, not knowing where to turn for help.
“I was very concerned about my finances. I had gone from a reasonable salary down to nothing, so it was really hard to adjust. On top of everything else going on, it was a nightmare.”
Although she was going through one of the lowest points of her life, Janet was not alone. She was surrounded by supportive friends who suggested getting in touch with the Charity to see if anything could be done to help. With a little encouragement, she gave us a call and told us about her situation in detail. We then found that we were able to provide financial breathing space during this stressful time to help Janet make ends meet. She was also offered mental health support, but felt she was already receiving the right mental health treatment through the NHS.
“The help from the Charity has had a real impact on my life – I was quite touched to be honest. It brought a smile to my face. It made me feel like everything was going to be OK.”
A few months down the line, Janet is in a much better place. After a financial boost and therapy to help tackle her anxiety, she wants to help others in need by spreading an important message.
“I want to encourage other people to talk about their problems and never give up. Get it all out in the open. You never know who may be able to help.”