18 October 2020
I knew that I needed to get help when it just felt like every day was a bad day. Every day I was sad. I also knew something wasn’t right when I couldn’t see the huge amount of weight I had lost. Even six months down the line, my mind wouldn’t recognise the hug shift in my appearance – this scared me.
Once I had decided to get some support with my mental health, I took to the web and found italk. I read up some reviews, looked at some forums and decided to refer myself. I found this really helpful as I didn’t need to speak to anyone in order to complete my referral. It felt less daunting.
To be honest, CBT changed my whole life. I didn’t realise how much I was holding onto negative emotions until I was able to work on them through CBT. I was able to work on myself but with the support of professionals with me every step of the way.
Even through the COVID19 pandemic, I was able to continue my treatment virtually and knew the team were only an email away. This really helped when I was feeling isolated, much like the rest of the country.
I was able to get to the point where not every day was a bad day and I finished my treatment of July this year.
My biggest piece of advice would be, try to picture your life when every day isn’t a bad day. If you want to get there, reach out and seek the support that you deserve. I know it’s easier said than done, but we all need a helping hand sometimes.
Leanne took over the Southern Health NHS Trust Twitter account for our 10th Birthday on Monday 19th October. You can catch up on her tweets here: #LeannesEpicWaffle