“...it has changed my life.”
Losing a spouse is devastating, but when Lindsey lost her Husband last year after just a short illness, her world understandably crumbled. She had suffered with PTSD and anxiety for 14 years (which followed trauma in her mid 20’s) and just like the perfect storm, her health erupted into an inconceivable crisis that left her suicidal and at the lowest point in her life.
Suicide was responsible for the death of 6,507 people in UK in 2018, and as Lindsey looks back on a time that could have seen her life reduced to just another statistic, she reflects on what she has learned with her newly found passion for life. She said “I understand that I may still have dark days, and I need to keep myself safe during these times and remember that tomorrow is another day.”
But Lindsey’s journey away from death’s door hasn’t been easy. After an 8 weeks stay at Basildon Mental Health Unit she was diagnosed with Clinical Depression and discharged after making ‘sufficient progress’, but she had to return to her matrimonial home with very little support around her and was still suffering intensely with her mental health and isolation.
She recalls “Following my discharge from the unit I was assigned a Care Worker and was able to move back to my home where Paul and I lived, but with no family around me I continued to struggle with negative thoughts and finding a purpose in living.”
She continued “I was given a leaflet about Motivated Minds and the Happy Hub based in Basildon, and after 3 weeks I found the courage to visit. This was very stressful for me but the best decision I made as it has changed my life.”
Since visiting the shop and meeting the team, Lindsey hasn’t looked back. She is now a valued volunteer helping countless other people on their journey through recovery. She added “Motivated Minds have given me a purpose to live, given me the opportunity to rebuild my confidence and find out who I am, and motivated me to stay active too”
Carla Andrews, Managing Director said “Volunteering is such a great way of rebuilding your life after a stumble, but Lindsey has overcome so much more than just that, she has built herself up from rock bottom and is an absolute inspiration to the people we support.”
Carla continued, “for Lindsey, our Happy Hub is a safe space that helped her recovery and has given her back her fighting spirit, but for us she is a vital piece of our puzzle and gives real hope to those in a dark place. She is committed, hard working, and a wonderful character bringing joy to our Hub. That’s the beauty of volunteering, everyone benefits, and the positive ripples it creates changes lives!”
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering and takes place every year between 1-7th June. If you would like to volunteer with Motivated Minds get in touch with Carla on 07846 209846. From tradesmen to help renovate their new Happy Hub in Eastgate, to volunteer counsellors, and Walk 4 Wellness leaders, they have a role for everyone.