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“For 10 years I’ve been trying to get help. I gave up asking in end, but GPs, CMHT, and CPN have been great. I’m now in DBT therapy which would have been better to have started 10 years ago, but I’m still grateful. The mental health system here in Chesterfield is pretty good and I have received so much more help here than anywhere else I’ve lived. It’s like I’ve finally been heard and valued as a person.”

– Gemma Louise

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“There are some good mental health professionals out there! My care coordinator has got me through so much. It took me 9 years to actually find someone so good at her job! And one lady in the crisis team is amazing. I literally wouldn’t be here without her, but those people are few and far between. I’ve had countless amounts of awful experiences too. I’m just lucky to have my care coordinator now.”

– Amy Clifton

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When I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder my CPN, Phil Anthony, was there almost every step of the way. He came to my apartment once a week to check on me, and the thing about him was he actually wanted to be there! I’m pretty good at reading people and he went above and beyond his own job description to help me get back on my feet. He never gave up on me. When partner was pregnant  she was told she couldn’t live with me anymore because of my bursts of rage. When social services made them leave the house, Phil was there with me through everything. He still kept coming to see me. Three years later I found out Phil was leaving his Job as a CPN to run a personality disorder clinic/therapy. I got invited a dozen times and didn’t turn up to any of them. I eventually managed to get to the group. After a few months of being there I started to get a massive confidence boost and enrolled on a computing course with qualifications that could set me up for life. Phil actually gave me the money for my travel expenses to get there! What a man right?

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I failed a lot of things in life but Phil gave me hope that at least 1 person cared about me, even if it was for a brief period of time. Thanks to him my mental health is recovering, I’m back home with my 3 beautiful children and I can start to live somewhat of a life again.

– Tony Richens

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