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Topic: Happy to be here

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  1. saga
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    22 May 2022

    Well, this is new for me and I won't lie - I don't really know what to say. It's been years since I've contributed to a forum and certainly never one around mental health.

    Anyway, this year is the first year I've decided I'm going to do something concrete about my depression, which I've had for a very long time. I am seeing a counsellor and talking to my GP, and am also starting medication. For the first time in living memory, I'm starting to feel hopeful.

    My life is getting rocky and things are not going well in terms of work and relationships. But I'm still hopeful for the first time in ages, and I'm looking forward to chatting to everyone here.

  2. Beeee
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    22 May 2022 in reply to saga

    Hello saga,

    Welcome! We're happy to have you here :)

    It's amazing that you've been taking concrete steps to work towards better mental health. Taking the first step is usually the hardest, so you should definitely be proud of how far you've come. I hope you find the forums a space where you feel comfortable sharing and we're always here to talk.

    Wishing you the best,

    Beeee

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  3. saga
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    22 May 2022 in reply to Beeee
    Cheers Beeee. I've been reading other posts and there is some great conversation happening here.
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  4. Petal22
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    22 May 2022 in reply to saga

    Hi saga,

    Wellcome to our forums.

    I think it’s fantastic that you have begun your journey with your mental health.

    Im so glad you are hopeful hold onto hope because that is what will keep you moving forward.

    Looking forward to seeing you around the forums.

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  5. saga
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    22 May 2022 in reply to Petal22
    Thanks Petal22. Holding onto hope is indeed a good thing, and not something I'm used to.
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  6. Ggrand
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    22 May 2022 in reply to saga

    Hello Dear saga,

    A very warm and caring welcome to our forums...

    Its always very heartwarming listening to someone who is ready to start their journey to mental wellness....Your post also can inspires others to the same thing as you are...

    Thank you so much for sharing your story...

    I am so happy that you are hopeful...without hope it’s really hard to move forward...I hope that you always keep hold of your hope and continue to move forward...

    We are all here to help support you in any way we can..

    My kindest thoughts dear saga, with my care..

    Grandy..

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  7. Petal22
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    22 May 2022 in reply to saga
    Hold onto it with both hands saga, even on the bad days remind yourself that you always have “hope”and it will always lead the way.
  8. jaz28
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    23 May 2022 in reply to saga

    Hi saga,

    Welcome to the forums! It is great to hear you have decided to take care of your mental health & that things are improving for you.

    I hope that you find the forums to be a great support system for you, we have all been through various trials and tribulations and are here to support you!

    all the best,

    jaz xx

  9. Mark Z.
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    23 May 2022 in reply to saga

    Hi saga,

    Welcome to the forum.
    I'm so glad to know that you got some hope again, it's really encouraging.

    Our way of recovery is not linear and it's possible that we experience ups and downs. When you feel you meet some new challenge, you're more than welcome to update your story here, and we're ready to help. That's how we look after each other.

    All the best!

    Mark

  10. livi_mivi
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    23 May 2022 in reply to saga

    Welcome, welcome, welcome!

    We are so happy to have you here, good on you for having a great start to your journey :)

    It's always hard to know where to begin and taking those first steps can come with a lot of emotions and challenges. Know that we are all here to lend a listening ear and offer our support.

    All the best.

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    24 May 2022 in reply to saga

    Hello Saga, expectations can be high when you are first starting out, which is always good to have a positive mind, but please remember there may be hurdles that suddenly confront you, these need to be spoken about, rather than try and overcome them by yourself.

    Is it because your work and your relationship is presently feeling rocky, could be because of your depression, or have these been the reason why you feel this way.

    Best wishes.

    Geoff.

  12. saga
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    26 May 2022 in reply to geoff

    Cheers everyone. Great to feel so much support on this forum. Things are not always perfect and some days are better than others ... I guess that's something everyone here can relate to. But the 3 things that are really helping are counselling, medication and mindfulness. That last one in particular. I'm trying to practice mindfulness through meditation and just in day to day life ... some days more successfully than others, but hey, it's not about success.

    My relationship is in dire straits and I can't see it being saved unfortunately. I don't know yet ... it's all way too mucky and complex. What's crucial is I'm not getting self-defeating anymore about it, like I was earlier this year before those 3 things above came into my life. I'm not going down that spiral staircase of blackness and self-loathing I was so good at tumbling down before.

  13. Petal22
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    26 May 2022 in reply to saga

    Hi saga3,

    We are all happy to support you 😊 great to hear about your progress.

    Definitely saga3 some days will be better than others but that’s part of recovery.

    Your good days will eventually out weigh your bad days the more you practice your skills.

    Great to hear your counselling is helping your medication, meditation and mindfulness.

    Meditation and mindfulness got me over the line with my recovery it taught me so much, please keep up with it.

    Perseverance is what matters just keep persevering.

    Im sorry to hear of your relationship but I’m glad that you now are not self defeating yourself.

    What we give attention to we give power to……

    Try to feed your attention with positivity it will renew your mind 😊

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