Why did you decide to join the Myplace project?
Prior to joining the Myplace project I had moved from down south to Lancashire to help look after my terminally sick mother. Unfortunately, when she passed away I was left stuck in the area, unable to move due to financial reasons. I struggled with anxiety and isolation with no friends and a poor relationship with my family,
Myplace Project Officer, Mike says: "before Myplace, David was socially isolated and didn’t really speak to anyone. His only contact was via a friend he’d made online, but they live 7,000 miles away in another country. When encountering problems, David entered a low mood, keeping to himself and avoiding people. His depression led to him withdrawing from social activities and becoming even more isolated. This problem worsened and he became fearful, anxious and extremely scared of leaving the house due to victimisation by a neighbour. All of these factors escalated and finally led to thoughts of ending his own life."
I first heard about Myplace whilst visiting my work coach at the job centre, where I was given a Myplace leaflet. With a keen interest in the natural world (birds in particular) the Myplace project seemed a perfect choice for me.
Mike says: "David was extremely nervous at first, but has challenged himself to do things that were extremely uncomfortable such as leave the house and meet up in public spaces. A small, non-judgemental and friendly group also helped alleviate any initial concerns.
David joined Myplace in March 2020, one week before Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were enforced. All except the first session have been conducted via the virtual online platform which has also helped David with potential conflicts within his neighbourhood. He has been a regular participant, rarely missing a Myplace session."