Emily* was referred to a social prescriber last autumn following a major operation.
She had not been able to work during that time, resulting in a reduction in her income.
Emily shared how she had no support network and felt depressed and isolated.
Her social prescriber referred her to Talking Therapies and to Active Minds – an organisation supporting people with experience of a mental health problem to make healthy lifestyle changes to benefit both physical and mental health – and encouraged Emily to join their online activities.
Emily now joins weekly social meet-ups, online yoga and mindfulness sessions. She has also created a personalised Mind Plan through Every Mind Matters – an NHS programme that provides expert advice and practical tips to help people look after their mental wellbeing.
As a result of her recovery taking longer than anticipated, Emily was also dealing with having a limited income. She applied for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) but, when her claim was turned down, her social prescriber was able to refer her to Citizens Advice Croydon who have assisted Emily with an appeal.
Regular deliveries of food parcels from the Purley Food Hub were arranged to support Emily and more recently, as she has been improving, Emily has been encouraged to use the Food Stop community supermarket at Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church.
This has supported her in building her confidence and gaining some independence by going out again while also enabling her to choose her food at a reduced rate and become less dependent on the delivery of food parcels.
Emily said: “This has been a very difficult season for me mentally, physically and financially. I do not have a strong support system and I am finding my strength. You have gone above and beyond to help me in all those areas and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you for all you have done and are doing to help and support me on my road to 100% recovery.”
More information about Croydon Talking Therapies, including guidance for self-referrals.
* name changed to protect privacy