Tackling anxiety and alcohol concerns

When I first met Just Straight Talk, I was in a dark place. I felt alone and like I barely had anyone to talk to. I generally feel okay a lot of the time, but when I get really down and lonely, I start to drink, and then things get a little out of control. I was very nervous when I first went to the water hub to meet JST WDH, but the chap who ran the group was welcoming, and the other people who were there seemed lovely, so I had a cup of team, calmed down a little, and joined in the chat. WDH introduced me to the JST Platform ‘Anxiety’ group, and after completing that, I started their Digital Skills project and was given a Chromebook also; this all gave me a sense of something to do every week

I want to do more with my week to stop me feeling so alone, and so down. I feel like this is a bit of a spiral sometimes, and I’m sick of it. Coming to WDH and them introducing me to Platform, helped me find out about more options and help in the community, which is something I have to do. I want to be more active and less alone. I said in my last appointment I want to stop drinking to not feel so alone, and I want to make more friends. So, I have been coming to the groups which gives me something to focus on each week. This has also helped me meet new people whom I talk to outside of the group. I have also found lots of other groups and activities in the community that I can attend and join in.

I have had a bad low since I have been coming to these groups, and this led to drinking and a little time in the hospital. The support after this has been really helpful. In my last session I has a 1-1 where we talked about my anxiety and depression, and we made a referral to get some talking therapy. I was supported to make this referral myself as part of my digital skills, and I am also going to Cranstoun to get help with why I drink when I get lonely and down. Doing this made me feel like I had achieved something more from the day, not just learning new skills but helping myself, too. Through JST I have been invited to groups, met new people and even had support just by myself which has helped me really build up my confidence. Now I feel like I am less alone and do more groups in the community. I want to keep on working on myself, attending my appointments, and coming to the groups.

I feel like I am getting back to myself and who I want to be. My friends say that I’ve found ‘my old mojo back’.

Delivery Partners

Wider determinants of health (WDH) are a range of social, environmental and economic factors which impact directly on the health (physical and mental) of the population. We have been working in partnership with the Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHFT) to identify how best to address some of the wider determinants of health, and how they impact on the wellbeing of our local residents. We are pleased to be delivering services which address some of these wider determinants of health and that help to support people who are in need.

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