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Elizabeth1

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Hi, I will see my gp if I decide to reduce my medication, though I don't like going. When I was physically ill recently I thought they seemed to focus on my mental health instesd. I was referred to the CMHT and hsd an assessment. They offered me a local service but I refused to deal with them due to past experiences. I did have 4 weeks of telephone councelling before I was discharged. I felt yhey thought I was coping on my own, but I would have liked someone to talk to.
Anyway, how do you cope as I don't have many friends I don't mind discussing thingd on here.
 
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Hi, I will see my gp if I decide to reduce my medication, though I don't like going. When I was physically ill recently I thought they seemed to focus on my mental health instesd. I was referred to the CMHT and hsd an assessment. They offered me a local service but I refused to deal with them due to past experiences. I did have 4 weeks of telephone councelling before I was discharged. I felt yhey thought I was coping on my own, but I would have liked someone to talk to.
Anyway, how do you cope as I don't have many friends I don't mind discussing thingd on here.
Hello and :welcome:

The Samaritans are good if you're feeling lonely. This forum is really good too; I've met some great people on here and they've been massively helpful and lovely to me. Another thing I would suggest would be to find something you could join within your community - there might be some interesting clubs available.

Wish you all the best.
 
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Elizabeth1

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Thanks for your reply.
I do voluntary work 2 days a week, which I find hard sometimes, as I get tired standing up all the time! I recently joined a "knit and natter" group with the local church and am knitting a baby blanket now.
I still feel lonely but I think that is partly due to my age. I have got better at passing the time these last few months as I just go shopping locally as I don't feel up to travelling very far as I don't drive.
I am luckier than some people as I have family that visit.
 
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natalie

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Hi again,


Yes, good idea, JRuth regarding to join a club within the community,.



In answer to the question; how does one cope with mental health problems, maitenance - fine, very well, I am on only 1 type of medication, for the sczhophrenic side of things, and I basically use self help management interests; working out to fitness dvds, sewing work - cross stitching, and I listen to music through personal cd player combined with cross stitching or knitting. I'll point out, that I am a very well character and I am just under GP Practice care, I was discharged back in 2008, with a brief referral back in, again, in 2012, now 2015, and I have managed very well without extra mental health back up since. Furthermore, I am on call for volunteering at a few charities I am registered with for on volunteering standby.


Yes, I also agree to the extent, that you if you are able, you could investigate in a comunnity group or club in your area.

Best Wishes,

Natalie.
 
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natalie

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Sorry, I just realised, that you also do voluntary work, a couple days a week.


By volunteering, you should be able to meet people along the way through volunteering.

Natalie.
 
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Thanks for your reply.
I do voluntary work 2 days a week, which I find hard sometimes, as I get tired standing up all the time! I recently joined a "knit and natter" group with the local church and am knitting a baby blanket now.
I still feel lonely but I think that is partly due to my age. I have got better at passing the time these last few months as I just go shopping locally as I don't feel up to travelling very far as I don't drive.
I am luckier than some people as I have family that visit.
Yeah, I see what you mean. It must be hard. It's really great you're volunteering and part of the "knit and natter" group - that sounds like a lot of fun. :)

Maybe you could increase the amount of time you spend volunteering, if you don't feel it's enough for you; you could maybe volunteer somewhere else, thereby meeting new people and helping a new charity?

Do you read? That's a brilliant way to pass the time. Also, you could write your own books/poetry/short stories. If you're interested in that, you could join a writing group too.

Wish you all the best.
 
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