“When health declines, you have a tendency to pull away from those places that you need the support from"

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Preston Park Recovery Centre Client

I think it’s quite easy to get angry and frustrated with your limitations. Try and divert that to something that you can do. It’s more effective than just not doing anything, or inwardly ruminating about problems.

When health declines, you have a tendency to pull away from those places that you need the support from.

The regular activity I do is Anti-Stress Colouring. I think being creative does help. Outside of here I go and do singing. I think those things are important. It absorbs you. It takes you into a different space.

I generally come within the week; I have a meal which is provided for me for my dietary requirements and the ability to do activities and to chat with people within a fairly relaxed environment.

I used to work for a bank. There was a bank raid and I think the greatest challenge was quite honestly going back to the same job. I’d previously had mental health issues and I’d gone back to work and this happened and it just threw it all up in the air again.

I have got a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) which basically highlights your key areas and your triggers and that’s why I try to make sure I don’t go out of kilter too much. If I see that there is something, I try to do something else to bring it back to equilibrium.

I do have times when something can trigger something off and that can send me in a very adjacent direction. But I think that because I’ve still got a worker from the NHS at the moment and they’re making the timescale longer to see me, and I’ve got somebody here, I try not to let it get too far so I don’t dip in any direction.

I think it’s quite easy to get angry and frustrated with your limitations. Try and divert that to something that you can do. It’s more effective than just not doing anything, or inwardly ruminating about problems.

Preston Park Recovery Centre provides a welcoming and supportive environment in which people with mental health support needs can receive individual support, learn new skills and get involved in a variety of groups and activities. The Centre also provides access to our specialist employment service, a welfare benefits service and can refer onto other services such as housing and health.