"You never think you want the help, but you do sometimes. Comes a time when you do need it”

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Preston Park Recovery Centre Client

I call it a substitute family. I don’t know what I’d have done without this place, life would be really grim.

I’d been going to a psychiatrist in 1969 for post-natal depression. I had tablets for about three years plus a couple of those ECT treatments. I thought I was cured but now and again it would appear. I didn’t get moody, I just felt very very low.

The first time I came here was in 1985. It’s just a marvellous place, the staff and social side, the way people help you.

I used to think I wasn’t as good as other people cos of the way I was, I suppose it’s disability that makes you think that. But that’s not true. I think I’m just as good as anyone else.

People in the street walk through you, they don’t walk round you. But here they do. They’re like a family. They all know me. They always ask me if they can do anything.

I call it a substitute family. I don’t know what I’d have done without this place, life would be really grim. Probably done myself in. I mean people say that as a bluff but I don’t know how I would’ve got by, I honestly don’t.

It’s given me a bit of security, and friendship, and moral support.

You never think you want the help, but you do sometimes. Comes a time when you do need it.

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.