Today is International Women's Day, and we want to take this opportunity to celebrate all of the women across Devon who have accessed our NHS mental health support when they have been struggling. Over the course of 2022, nearly 19,750 women referred themselves to TALKWORKS for mental health support. This stat shows the progression of how far we have come in recognising the importance of looking after both our physical and mental wellbeing.
A number of brave women have also come forward to share their stories of how TALKWORKS has made a difference to them. Danielle describes how our perinatal support helped her as an expectant parent when she was experiencing constant worry. She said “I felt like I had lost control of myself and couldn’t see how I could get back to that point of feeling ecstatic about my pregnancy. I knew that TALKWORKS offered support for expectant mums who might be struggling and I decided it was time to seek help. Being able to speak to someone who wasn’t trying to offer unsolicited advice and wasn’t judging me felt like a huge relief.”
Kat contacted TALKWORKS when she was experiencing intense nightmares and suffering from sleep difficulties. She said “For many years I was suffering from intense stress from an outside source which was beyond my control. I started receiving therapy from TALKWORKS and can honestly say, this has been a life saver! I would encourage anyone who is struggling out there, regardless of what age you are, to get in touch with TALKWORKS.”
One of the hardest and bravest things you can do is reach out for help when you are struggling. It’s not always easy to take the first step, but it’s important to remember you are not alone.
If you would live in Devon, and are over the age of 18, you can self-refer to TALKWORKS. As part of the NHS, there is no cost to accessing our services, and all of the treatment and support that we offer is available free of charge. Simply complete our online self-referral form, or call us on 0300 555 3344 to speak to a member of the team today.
Posted by Victoria Walmesley on 17 March, 2023