I’d been struggling with stress in my job and in April 2007 I was signed off.
Things gradually got worse and I suffered a nervous breakdown.
In August of that year I lost my job. Then, when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, my girlfriend left me.
I didn’t want someone to tell me what to do, I wanted someone to listen, and that’s what the Samaritans Listener did.
I really began to struggle. I had my family around me, but it was difficult to talk to them and I didn’t want to worry them.
A psychiatrist I’d been seeing because of my breakdown had given me Samaritans number, so I gave it a try.
It was much easier to talk to a stranger, which is why I called Samaritans. The volunteer I spoke to calmed me down and helped me see things more clearly. I didn’t want someone to tell me what to do, I wanted someone to listen, and that’s what the Samaritans volunteer did.
In March 2009 I felt totally unemployable because I’d been off for 2 years. I decided I needed to sort my life out, I started my own catering business which was the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s been a success and I now employ 12 people.
With the help of medication and counselling, my depression is controlled. It’s only now that I have been diagnosed with depression that I realise how many people suffer from it and don’t talk about it. My advice to people would be to not suffer in silence; talk to someone and get some help.”
Should you identify with any of these issues and want to talk to someone in complete confidence then why not give us a call. We are SAMARITANS IN SPAIN – You Talk We Listen.
Phone 900 525 100 Email firstname.lastname@example.org