‘At our first meeting, I remember ( with embarrassment ) that I was crying because I had spent years looking after my mother. I had become severely depressed and just couldn’t see any way out of the situation or a future for myself. Your calm and objective perspective allowed me to realise that I mattered as much as my mother – such a thought had never entered my mind
After that meeting, I felt able to discuss my mother’s care with my family and impress on them that I needed to move on and that they should shoulder some responsibility. This was something I wouldn’t have been able to face without your support.
When my family ( including my mother ) agreed that things had to change, I made a spontaneous decision to apply to the British Council to teach English abroad. Luckily, I already had the necessary qualifications but such was the extent of my depression, I had felt too inadequate to use them.
Now I have a job offer from the BC which will involve trips to Sudan and job roles which will be challenging and look great on my CV. The whole situation has changed from being depressingly bleak to exciting and purposeful because of your input.
I urge anyone who can’t work because they are in a very bad place emotionally, to listen to your advice and believe in themselves. It’s not easy but your role as an advocate and friend has turned my life completely around.’