Paul

Daybreak is better than all the medications put together

Paul is volunteering at our Daybreak centre where he can support himself and others to manage mental health issues.  

“I have depression and anxiety from a break up from a few years ago, and have been on anti-depressants for a long time.  Daybreak is better than all the medications put together. Coming here has made a big difference in my life.

I got a warm welcome as soon as I came here. I was very quiet for the first two weeks, not knowing what to expect but the staff and service users all spoke to me and made me feel at home.

It was nice to hear people in the same situation as myself and to be able to talk openly without being judged. I started with the Forestry Group and Green Fingers Club which helped me to communicate with everyone, while learning new skills along the way.

Courses

I then started the courses that have helped me so much. The staff run them very well indeed and make you feel relaxed.

From doing the courses I thought I would like to become a volunteer and help other people. I’ve been through a lot and thought I could offer advice and different ways to approaching things that might help make things easier.

Becoming a volunteer has been a big lift for me in life. The staff and peer trainers have been so helpful to me and I really enjoyed doing the induction course. I’m even learning some extra computer skills.

Rewarding

To be a volunteer and to help with anything I can and to see a positive come out of it will be very rewarding indeed. I am looking forward to learning and getting involved as much as possible.

My hope for the future is to help other people coming to Daybreak to the best of my ability, and to learn myself as I go along.

Daybreak has supported me so much and I find myself more confident and feel so much better about myself now. I’ve gained so much and will continue to come here.

I want to say a massive thank you to Daybreak for helping me get back on my feet again.”