Ramsay Mental Health

Success Stories

My story started quite some time ago and it has been a tough ride to say the least. “When confronted with alcohol dependency you can never under estimate the true value of support from family and friends. I was very fortunate that I had a wonderful supporting family where my parents recognised that there was a problem and supported me in getting help. Yes, I had an alcohol dependency, and I honestly don’t know where I would be today without the help of others.

I was taken to my General Practitioner by my parents; a place I could comfortably discuss my dependency in a non-judgemental environment. After which, I entered into a clinic, where I got to know the psychiatry and psychologist staff and also other patients. It became easier to talk about my dependency and the topics discussed made it much easier to became more familiar with what was going on and how it helped get my life back.

The advice I would give anyone in my position is to speak to somebody that you can trust, whether it's family, a friend or your General Practitioner.

My life after treatment has allowed me to enjoy walking on the beach, spending time with my family and going out with friends and just enjoying life.”

When I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, I came to a Ramsay clinic for her treatment as an inpatient. “I had a course of electroconvulsive therapy which seemed to work the best for me and turned to art, following the death of my sister. It was the way that I could communicate because at that stage, I wouldn't speak to anybody; with my art I could express my thoughts, my feelings, my emotion and I found it is a great way to communicate, particularly all around the world because there's no language barrier.

Today, I am feeling happy and I'm feeling confident within myself, I do have my moments, but overall my medication seems to be working and I'm also finding it a lot easier to open up to people and admitting that yes, I do suffer from a mental illness.

My advice to people who don’t feel very well within themselves is to reach out and to try and talk to somebody.”

“My battle with anorexia nervosa first started when I was about fourteen years of age. I didn't realise I needed help for many years, and after many hospital admissions. It started off when my parents intervened and I was sent to a General Practitioner, who admitted me into hospital, but it still took many years of hospitalisations and some very dark times before I self-realised I needed help.

When I look back, after all the kicking and screaming and treatment, I am now healthy and realise how important the clinic was and how much it helped me and those who are both medically and mentally unstable.

The advice I'd give to those who are seeking help would be to be honest and listen to medical professionals as well as those loved ones who care about you and want to help and get you to a point where you can live a fulfilled life.

Today I am very healthy and happy and have a beautiful family and love life.”

“I thought nobody is going to understand, I’m being a ‘drama queen’, I should be coping better, I don’t need anybody else's help, I can fix this on my own and that delusion is really what made me a lot sicker.

Post-traumatic Stress disorder is a little bit like constantly living your worst nightmares and not being sure whether they're really happening now or whether they are actually happened; it's very difficult to ground yourself and be aware of where you currently are. It’s very scary and it's very depressing.

Initially, I started to reach out and get treatment, I was just so shocked that people want to help you, and there are clinics and doctors and specialists; there is so many people who can give you the help you need. I was seeing a psychiatrist who referred me to a psychiatrist because he specialised in post-traumatic stress disorder.

I've been working as a freelance photographer for about three years. I mostly work for not-for-profits and I do a lot of work on mental health because my experiences have made me pretty passionate about that, creating understanding for family carers but also for health professionals because it is very difficult for people to understand mental health because it's not as simple as a broken leg, where you know if there is one cause that, there is one solution. People want to be able to make it all down to this one answer, but it’s not the same diagnosis as the next person, doesn't mean you've had the same journey and you might not get better in the same way.

I think that's a really important part of entering mental health treatment and successfully recovering from mental health issues. I think it's very important that people understand that and that's what my passion is driven towards is to making that easier for other people.

My advice would always be to seek help and don’t assume that you need to get over this on your own. You can't make progress when you're fighting a war with just one person.”

My breakdown happened seven years ago from workplace bullying. “My experience with depression is that there is a feeling of hopelessness, a feeling of life being worthless.

I was introduced to Ramsay Health Care was through my psychiatrist. She is a highly respected psychiatrist and I respected her opinion, so when she recommended I come to a clinic, that's what I did.

My treatment went for about five to seven years, where I was admitted to the clinic on and off over those seven years, with about seven admissions, at probably a month at a time.

Pretty much since that time, I have been attending the day programs which are an outpatient group on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The day programs are facilitated by clinical psychologists, which gave me surety about the clinical knowledge of people running them and that they are practicing psychologists.

I guess looking back from when I first arrived at the clinic to now, I don't feel the stigma attached with going to mental health facility and knowing one in two people in the population experience some mental health issues in their lifetime confirmed the normality.

Today, I'm going very well in terms of mental health. I'm working in social policy. I still do come to outpatient’s skills group two times per week and I have a good social life, so things are going really well.”