Reviews

MindOut service user reviews:


A Service User, February 2016

What are your reasons for attending this Dorset Mind Service?

“I was depressed and anxious and feeling suicidal.  I googled and found this group.  I attended my first meeting before Christmas.  Having somebody to talk to about anything has kept me going.  I hope to learn new or practice and review techniques for thinking and feeling better.  This will help me and my personal relationships with my family, friends and the community.  Here I didn’t have to hide or explain or be explicit about being LGBT. In other groups I have to hide this part of my life because people make judgements.”

What have you gained or has anything changed since coming?

“I am still here and have made the commitment to be here. I feel more positive because I have made the first step in helping myself without waiting 5 weeks to see a health professional who wouldn’t be able to help anyway. I am still trying to do positive things and think more positively.”

What are your hopes, goals and areas you want to focus on in the future?

“Dealing with telling people about LGBT, understand how to do less negative thinking, be less anxious, sleep better, be supportive and teach techniques I learn here to other in my life.  Also to learn how to deal with anti-LGBT comments in public groups.”

 

A Service User, February 2016

What are your reasons for attending this Dorset Mind Service?

“I attend for support, to build friendships, a reason to get out of bed and to talk about problems in a non-judgemental environment.”

What have you gained or has anything changed since coming?

“I always look forward to coming to the group and it makes me feel happier I can talk to someone.  It’s given me a little bit more confidence to mix with other people.”

What are your hopes, goals and areas you want to focus on in the future?

“I just want to be happy and not have to suffer this mental illness forever.  I know it is a long-term goal as I have suffered for over 40 years.”

 

A Service User, February 2016

What are your reasons for attending this Dorset Mind Service?

“I have bi-polar disorder and ADHD as well as physical health issues which often leaves me without seeing people for periods of time.”

What have you gained or has anything changed since coming?

“It has given me more confidence to be myself and come out as a trans guy and the group has given me a lot of support and knowledge of other services.  And generally the support that I don’t get from other health professionals who look after my physical and mental health issues.  I am now less isolated as well.  I started the process of becoming a volunteer for Dorset Mind Weymouth MindOut in 2015 and have started volunteering in Bournemouth MindOut in 2016.”

What are your hopes, goals and areas you want to focus on in the future?

“Hope to continue on my journey as my transition progresses and grow into the person I am meant to be.”

 

A Service User, February 2016

What are your reasons for attending this Dorset Mind Service?

“To learn more about disability such as Mental health and diversity.  To maintain confidence levels and social skills.  To make new contacts or friends within the group.”

What have you gained or has anything changed since coming?

“Learning how to deal with depression and anxiety and prejudice, respect others more, I’m learning to be tactful and to get support and acceptance.”

What are your hopes, goals and areas you want to focus on in the future?

“To have more social gatherings.  This group continues to flourish and to discuss subjects that are interesting.”

 

A Service User, February 2016

What are your reasons for attending this Dorset Mind Service?

“After coming to this group for many years with anxiety and depression..  I had since left for a period of time.  In coming back after a hospital stay was diagnosed with EUPD so I have further benefited emotionally, socially and psychologically and since been diagnosed with a tumour have had amazing support as it has had a massive impact on my mental health.”

What have you gained or has anything changed since coming?

“I have greater insight into my own mental health have extra support, made friends with like-minded people.  I have learned new skills and developed what skills I had.  I have encouragement to continuing acceptance for myself, faults, past and future with non-judgement.”

What are your hopes, goals and areas you want to focus on in the future?

“I want to work on my emotional regulation and not take things personally.  I hope to do my counselling training.  I want to continue to strive in my mental health, look forwards, stop people pleasing, I want to work on my understanding of words as sometimes I go into over load if I don’t understand the context of words.”

 

A Service User, February 2016

What are your reasons for attending this Dorset Mind Service?

“I’ve come for some years and find the group very supportive and my problems, pertaining to being lesbian and having mental health problems.  It’s also very nice just being with LGBT group members and finding how they cope with problems that we all come across in life, especially as stigma is attached to both mental health issues and being an LGBT person.”

What have you gained or has anything changed since coming?

“I very much enjoy coming and would be devastated if MindOut finished.  Its unique as the members are LGBT and have Mental health problems.  We have some excellent discussions, learn how to cope & I have made friends with some lovely people here.  We have a wonderful facilitator.”

What are your hopes, goals and areas you want to focus on in the future?

“My hopes are that MindOut continues as it would be terrible if it finished.  There’s nowhere I could do the above.  We do many different things socials, have speakers, learn from experts that come.  I feel safe and for a change not prejudiced against here.”