Case Study 1:
Ms X is a single mother with two children. She had financial difficulties and health problems she could not cope with and as a result she felt depressed. She was referred to Derman’s Mental Health Support and Outreach team.
During the first session we identified her emotional, physical and financial needs and how we could approach them. This was all written on a support plan with her.
Her benefit payments were irregular and this fuelled her anxiety. Her health problems, especially her back pain, made it difficult for her to do her daily chores and look after her children. Because she felt exhausted and distressed, she would get angry very quickly and then she would regret it.
We offered Ms X regular appointments every other week for six months. She was informed about the changes in the benefit system. We explained her how she could claim and handle her benefits. We helped her gain skills so that she was equipped to book her appointments, read her letters and, in short, manage her daily life.
Ms X started to receive physiotherapy sessions. When she realised that she was benefiting from exercising she took up swimming as well.
When she realised how judgemental she was towards herself, she decided to become more tolerant. She started to take control of her life from booking her GP appointments to attending her English classes regularly.
When asked how Derman’s Mental Health Support and Outreach Service contributed to her life, she said:
“I feel valued and valuable”.
Case Study 2:
Mr Y is a 38-year-old unemployed man, married with two children. His anxiety and anger issues were causing relationship problems with his wife and other people. His biggest struggle was not being able to get out of depression and his suicidal thoughts.
He was referred to Derman’s counselling service by his GP and was offered 12 weeks individual counselling. When he first came to counselling he said that life was not worth living. He could not deal with his problems on his own. He wanted to control his anger and find a job so that he could provide a better life for his family and regain his confidence.
Throughout the counselling sessions, we explored barriers before his job seeking. As the sessions progressed he gained courage and started to look for a job. His confidence increased and he became more positive about the future. He was able to manage his anger and his relationship with his wife improved.
Before his counselling sessions came to an end he found a part-time job.