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After my heart attacks I regained confidence and a spark for life

Two heart attacks shocked vicar Paul and led to anxiety and a lack of confidence. Expert Patient Programme bought back that confidence and a spark for life, alongside the desire to help other people.

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Art helped me on the road to recovery from depression

Annette was admitted to hospital a number of times as a result of her depression and her relationships struggled to cope. She started attending art classes and art became her passion and she since set up her own business.

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Care navigation helped me get support

Arthritis and asthma were hard enough to live with but then a diagnosis of angina also added to Kathleen’s health problems and the deterioration in her quality of life. Continued help and advice have meant that Kathleen’s quality of life has improved greatly.

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Coping with depression with the help of the recovery college

Jane’s depression meant she suffered from anxiety, low mood and paranoia. The pathways scheme at the recovery college in Kirklees has helped Jane improve her mental well-being.

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Creative recovery has opened up a whole new world

Jo is determined to overcome her anxiety, panic attacks and OCD. She’s embraced creative recovery through poetry and also now volunteering to help others.

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Despite my depression I discovered a passion for life

Having coped with her son’s illness Gina was diagnosed with clinical depression. Expert Patient Programme has helped her rediscover a passion for life alongside new hobbies, skills and abilities.

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Equine therapy has given me something to live for

When Michael’s wife suddenly died he spiralled into depression. Through equine therapy he began his road to recovery by feeling free from his everyday worries and getting his confidence back.

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Expert Patient Porgramme helped me manage my arthritis

Even as a retired NHS consultant, Krishna found that the Expert Patient Programme had a lot to teach her. It has helped with the management of her musculoskeletal issues and arthritis; especially around medication.

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Find out how Palliative care helps people at the end of their life

Our palliative care team work hard to help patients manage symptoms of their terminal illness and live as well as they can toward the end of their life. The service supports patients to improve their quality of live.

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Goal setting helped Maureen rediscover her talents and passions

Complex health issues quickly led to a very different life for active Maureen. COPD, breathing difficulties and asthma were hard to cope with, alongside arthritis. Low mood and a lack of motivation meant Maureen wasn’t good at self-care but goal setting and health coaching led to Maureen rediscovering talents and passions.

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Health coaching and encouragement improved my communication skills

A back injury led to a series of problems including weight gain, alongside angina and diabetes. Len lost interest in hobbies and felt socially isolated. But through health coaching and encouragement Len learnt better ways to communicate with health professionals, changed his medication and discovered goal setting.

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How Admiral Nurses helped me cope when mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Janet has been receiving support from the Trust’s Admiral Nurses in Kirklees. In this short film she explains more about how the nurses have helped her adjust to her caring role with continued support and advice.

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How the Horizon Centre helps us live a more independent life

Tammie and Tiffany are determined to live an independent life – with the help from the Horizon Centre for their physical and learning disabilities.

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How the Newhaven facility is helping me recover to live a better life

Dean has been suffering from schizophrenia and also has learning disabilities. In this short video Dean explains how the Newhaven hospital helped him with his recovery.

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I could cope with challenges of my cancer

Tonsil cancer didn’t stop Paul from leading an active life; he’s just had to redefine the way he does it. Expert Patient Programme gave him additional tools to cope with the challenges his treatment brought.

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I drew on my knowledge to get through my treatment

Lynn found our service invaluable when dealing with her thyroid problems and diabetes. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer she drew on her knowledge to get her through the treatment.

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I have the skills to manage my medical problems now

A pit accident led to conditions including fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, hypertension and breathing problems for Chris. He also has aspergers (autism) and says that EPP has changed…

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I learnt the skills to manage my difficulties

Ibrahim has learnt skills to manage his mental health difficulties he was experiencing, overcome challenges in his life and build confidence in his abilities. Despite being severely visually impaired Ibrahim is able to use his new confidence to take part in community groups and form new relationships.

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I lost five and a half stone after quitting

Shauna stopped smoking and lost five and a half stone, breaking the myth that quitting makes you gain weight.

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I now have the confidence to help others

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes led to depression for Paul. But the Expert Patient Programme not only improved his general health and increased his confidence but also led to him volunteering, to help others.

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I now have the information to self-care and manage my condition

Heart failure and atrial fibrillation saw David lose interest in life and he spiraled into depression. David now has telehealth equipment in his house so that the care navigation service can monitor his health and wellbeing every day. He learnt about depression and now feels much more educated about how to self-care.

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I weighed 17 stone – I now buy size 10 clothes

Hitting a milestone birthday and looking back on a life burdened by her weight left Rachel desperate for change. She shed the pounds with the help of the Trust’s healthy weight service.

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I’ve learnt new ways to cope with my diabetes and my MS

Ex-nurse Janet has managed her type 1 diabetes for over 30 years but a more recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) saw her look for new tools and techniques to cope.

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I’m the voice of independence, the voice of ‘can-do’

Pat has adjusted to living with cerebral palsy and lives independently in her local community. With extra help and assistance from occupational therapy she is reaching her potential and encouraging others to do the same.

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I’ve never looked back since getting help from Calderdale Alcohol Team

Although Sue knew she was drinking too much she still didn’t believe she had a problem until blood tests revealed she had long-term liver damage.

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Learning new ways to cope

As a child Dani always felt she was different and struggled making friends. At about 14 she started to self harm. The Crisis team helped Dani get her life back on track and she learnt different techniques to cope.

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Losing 8 stone transformed my life!

Weighing more than 26 stone Andrew could no longer walk a few metres without getting out of breath. With the help of his local healthy weight service he has managed to break habits of a lifetime and completely transform his lifestyle.

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My dietitian is the reason I am here today

Bekkie was losing control of her anorexia but with the help of NHS dietitians she is now winning the battle and can enjoy a picnic with her daughter.

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Newton lodge transforms lives for the better

Our services at Newton Lodge support patients battling depression, schizophrenia and other mental health diseases to help them live happy, normal and independent lives.

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Our recovery colleges

Find out about how our recovery colleges are making a difference in South Yorkshire and learn how the courses are co-produced and co-facilitated with people who have lived experience.
Hear from the staff running the college, the volunteers who are helping deliver the huge range of courses available and the service users who have benefited from the service.

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Pathways has changed my life and help me with depression

Elliot has been living with depression and isolated himself from people. With the help of the pathways scheme he takes part in many activities such as photography and walking – starting to change his life for the better.

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Pursuing my love of music

Since being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Kayla has worked to promote mental health awareness and challenge stigma, helping others to understand more about her condition whilst pursuing her love of music.

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Real life stories of recovery from psychosis

Personal experiences of having a mental health problem have been captured and published in Powerful Minds, a booklet which shares the stories of people who have experienced psychosis.

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Speech therapy helped to change a five year olds life

The Trusts’ speech therapy service has helped five year old George Dixon, improve his stammer and supported his family.

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Support & care from staff helped my recovery

Having access to an evening stress course to help her depression meant Josephine didn’t have to take time off work. The support and care she received helped her cope with symptoms she was unfamiliar with.

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Support to set goals means I now lead a healthier lifestyle

Heart failure had a dramatic impact on Ken’s life and he misses what he used to do. Shortness of breath and a lack of motivation gave way to depression. Simple changes, ideas and encouragement led to healthy eating and gentle exercise.

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Thanks to the equipment adaptations and sensory service life feels good again.

Terence has had problems with his hearing and balance for two decades. With help from our equipment and adaptations service he has changed his life.

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The impact of ADHD on my life and how I am recovering

From a young age Steven was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In this video he explains how the condition has affected his life and how our services have helped him cope.

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The NHS helped my husband to die at home

When Trish’s husband was dying his greatest wish was to be at home. Staff from the Trust supported both Trish and her husband through this difficult time.

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The nurses always had time for me and gave me encouragement

A heart attack forced Anne to stop work and her diabetes got out of control, leading to her being registered as blind. Anne lost interest in daily activities and then she received a call from care navigation.

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The recovery college has changed my life and I am not alone with my depression

Anne has been battling depression for a long time. The recovery college at Hope Street has helped to transform Anne’s life. With great activities and support Anne has changed her life for the better

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The Sensory Impairment services changed my life for the better

The Sensory Impairment services changed my life for the better Huw Davies’ story Huw Davies suffers from type two Ushers…

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Trevor has got his independence & had medication reviewed

Trevor has brittle bones and he’s also experienced anxiety and depression as well as a nasty bout of bronchitis. He’s a very independent person but needed a lot of visits from health professionals for pain management. Our service has helped Trevor get his independence back as well as his confidence in daily living.

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Using my personal experience to help others

Alex struggled throughout his adolescent years feeling isolated from his peers. After facing many ups and downs he found he could use his personal experiences to help others.

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Using telehealth equipment gave Alan confidence to monitor his condition

A heart attack and pneumonia took Alan to hospital and he now lives with heart failure and the anxiety this caused. Since he has had telehealth equipment he has confidence to monitorhis condition. Alan is reassured that the care navigators will contact him if there are any problems and he now sees his heart nurse and doctor much less.

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Using telehealth in her home helps Mary keep an eye on things

Breast cancer and heart problems devastated Mary. But a simple piece of telehealth equipment in her home that keeps an eye on blood pressure, weight and general health means Mary now sees less health professionals and has greater confidence.

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Watsu changed everything – it gave me a life

Michael Nichol, 61, from Wakefield, felt like he was in the “pitch black” after a number of physical and mental health problems left him feeling like he had no future. However, Michael found hope in an unlikely place when he was introduced to a new form of water therapy.

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With willpower you can kick the 20 a day habit

One couple found that with willpower you can do anything and managed to kick the 20 a day habit.

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Without Creative Minds I would not be here today

Debs Taylor’s depression had left her isolated, lost and with no desire to go on. Her recovery through artistic creativity meant she could start to come off her medication and has massively gained in confidence. She is now an advocate for the Trust’s Creative Minds initiative.

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“If I can quit, anyone can”

71 year old Brenda had smoked for over thirty years. Now, with expert help she is smoke-free and living life to the full.

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“I’m going smoke-free for my girls”

When 23 year old Natasha became pregnant with her third child, she knew she had to quit smoking for the health of her baby. After getting expert help from specialist stop smoking advisors, she has now been enjoying a smoke free life with her two young children and newborn daughter for a year.

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“My little unborn girl is healthy and growing well – I think it’s a good sign of giving up smoking”

22 year old Jordan decided to give up smoking after finding out she was pregnant with her second child. With support from Yorkshire Smokefree she’s now been cigarette-free for 3 months and is enjoying hearing her baby is growing well.

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“The stop smoking service made the difference between failing in the past and succeeding this time”

45 year old Simon has smoked since he was 17. But now with help from Yorkshire Smokefree he is seeing life in a different way and his health has dramatically improved.

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“The stop smoking service provided me with the help I needed”

After smoking for 30 years, Ken decided to quit smoking in order to improve his health. Now, four months later, Ken is enjoying the benefits of being smoke-free.

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“They told me if I didn’t quit I might not be around much longer. It was the big wakeup call I needed.”

Dean had smoked for 33 years when he was rushed to hospital with pneumonia. He got help from our Yorkshire Smokefree service and has now quit for good.

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