Madeline struggled with mental health problems after a very challenging childhood that included trauma. Eventually this meant that she needed to take early retirement. She also had restricted mobility that meant living in her home was unsafe. caba helped Madeline with counselling, debt advice, access to benefits and a grant to adapt her home and make it safe.
I have always struggled with my mental health and clinical bouts of depression and anxiety meant that I have had to have about 3 months off a year for most of my career. I was hardworking the rest of the time, and my employers were very supportive in helping. They provided some counselling, but when eventually work got to much, I had to take early retirement, and the counselling stopped. My income reduced which meant my family got into some debt. I was very overwhelmed. I called caba, and they were able to help me access the services I needed to regain my independence and achieve peace of mind.
caba recognised that I needed specialised mental health support and funded a counsellor who specialised in childhood abuse. They also helped me get across the debt, consolidate it and work out a payment plan to resolve it. This worked and we are now no longer in debt. They also saw that because I was unable to work, I should apply for Independence Payments. I didn’t know about that and definitely wouldn’t have thought of it on my own. The form was long and complicated, but my caba advisor came to my home and calmly went through it with me. Again, that would have been too much for me on my own, but they helped so much.
Around that time I had a fall getting out of the bath, which really frightened me. I could have been very seriously injured and I told caba about it. They arranged for an occupational therapist to come to my house and assess my mobility needs. The therapist said that the bathroom needed turning into a wet-room with an accessible shower and handles. This would have been expensive but caba were able to help with a grant.
caba were supportive and empathetic. They really listened to what was going on for me and acted straight away.
If I didn’t have caba I don’t like to think about what my life would be like. Because I would be in a terrible financial state and wouldn’t have known to access disability payments. And also, the counselling really helped. It was emotionally difficult, but it shifted something for me, and I much more optimistic and resilient than I was. I get a lot of support from my community, and I am able to give back too, I now volunteer for a charity. It’s great be part of a team and to know that I am doing something of value.
Don’t be afraid, caba are there to help you. It can feel overwhelming if you are struggling with mental health, but you can get the help you need. I am more resilient and positive person now because of the counselling I had. It is possible.
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