R E C O V E R Y
"Hello, I'm Natalie, I have always suffered with mental
health issues of one sort or another, including schizophrenia which
covers Hearing Voices, in 2001 and 2003, and had very big
mental ill health situation back in 2004. I was in hospital
for two months and not discharged from out-patients until
I had a problem again in early 2012, so back for
a referral. I was fortunate to be put on a high dose (but
not too high) on Aripiprazole and things have settled down
- the Paranoia and Hearing Voices - and maybe I do
sometimes get anxious.
In terms of my recovery which had commenced just after I was
discharged back in 2008, when the weather isn't too hot and I am
able to, I'll do a work-out early in the morning -
Aerobics DVDs or Low Impact dance. I check
the emails that I might have
received overnight, then after 9 am, I keep an eye on my
emails regarding volunteering. I have had a couple of
placements and have also been short-listed for other
roles. I have applied to work in the Post Room of a
charity - this would be a regular commitment of 3 hours in
the afternoon. This is still in its early
stages, and I have to be interviewed.
I also have a Computer Data Entry position for a different
charity on Mondays. I fell down recently so this
has been put on hold. Since the fall on Friday 12 July, I
have had slight problem with the voices, but I am fine once again,
mental health wise.
On a day-to-day basis, I go out on errands or attend
daytime Zumba classes - there is going to be
Zumba at my Golders Green charity very soon - from
October. And I'm also registered to help with mailing and
stuffing envelopes on the odd occasion when the charity needs
me. If I do get the Post Room role, I'm not sure how many
days in the week it will be. Also if I don't have
anything on and I'm very well normally, without the fall, I might
decide to workout in the afternoon at
I have had a Befriender for the last 4 or 5 years, but this
has now ended. I am now on a waiting list for a different
Befriender, and I have to admit, I did get fed up going
to the same place, at the same time, but there was a varied
restaurant menu each month. So I'm relieved that eventually
I'll receive a different Befriender.
I am a confident, and a positive and happy mental health character
and should still like to break down any stigma attached for those
suffering with mental health issues.
If you have a serious concern, please see your
GP or Consultant or Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN).
Thank you for reading this.