Working during the pandemic was a stressful and exhausting time for all of us in the NHS. The anxiety I had been trying to manage became overwhelming and I took a leave of absence in 2021.
I started working with Dorothy in SES/Action Mental Health following my return to work. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I was unaware the Trust availed of this sort of service for staff. It was nothing to be apprehensive or anxious about- in fact, quite the opposite. Over the course of a year, I met Dorothy at regular intervals to discuss work and my general mental health.
As we got to know each other, she was able to offer me options that might help with my anxiety. I chose to go with sessions of CBT. These sessions equipped me with simple tips and tricks to manage my anxiety, not only at work but also in my daily life.
I cannot recommend this programme and the people involved with it highly enough. I felt that my mental health was careering off in the wrong direction. However, this programme helped me to stop, take stock and turn things around. Mental health is just as important as physical health and my hope is that many more people are able to avail of this invaluable service in the future.