Mental health: Finding someone to talk to

‘I’ve had a good experience compared to other people’

Karla says she knows she’s been lucky. Her experience of accessing mental health care has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I’ve got two long-term health conditions but it was this year that it became a real issue. In January I did attempt suicide,” she says.

Karla, who lives in Derby, adds: “I got CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) really quickly, within a couple of weeks. And in that time, I was seeing my GP pretty much every day. He made time to make sure I was OK.

“It doesn’t happen very often that people have that experience. I was really fortunate to have a GP who took the time. The access can be such a problem.”

And she says her CBT made a significant difference. “The therapist helped me through a lot of things. I’m officially in recovery from depression and anxiety. I’m in a far better place.  more

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