I have started feeling like myself again. I don’t feel judged by anyone here and knowing that we are all in the same boat helps a lot. The biggest thing I have learnt on the course is how to break the cycle of bad thoughts and to be more confident in not allowing them to take over.

Here is my story.

I have been staying in supported living accommodation with a charity called Fledge since about May. Before that I was in emergency accommodation but it is so lovely where I am living now. I can stay there for six months.

When I came on the Choices course, I was hoping to be able to find ways of coping with my problems. This course has helped me overcome some of the barriers blocking my way forward, such as rejection, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and depression. We did the PUSH back technique today which is about pushing back the negative thoughts with positive thoughts which has been really helpful.

Being able to talk to new people has been good and has helped me build my confidence back up. I have been answering questions in front of the group and feeling like myself again. I don’t feel judged by anyone here and knowing that we are all in the same boat helps a lot.

The biggest thing I have learnt on the course is how to break the cycle of bad thoughts and to be more confident in not allowing them to take over.

Finding out that I had other skills that I didn’t realise I didn’t have has been good also. I had forgotten that I had skills in caring, helping, listening and I had overlooked skills such as teamwork. We have also been looking at thoughts that might escalate and how not to jump to wrong conclusions, which I have done in the past.

This course is giving me the confidence to be able to say what I want and to be able to cope with daily things.

June 2016