When Ron began feeling isolated, low and suffering from tiredness, he reached out to the Keeping Well Service.

Ron works as an Employment Specialist for the Community Mental Health Team in Hillingdon in CNWL. In this role, he uses his lived experience as a recovering alcoholic and drug addict to help others to return to work and get support but during the pandemic he felt ‘very frightened and anxious of a relapse’ during lockdown. He was told about the Keeping Well Service by his manager.

Read Ron's full story and watch his video below:

How Neil overcame his needle phobia

Neil Martin.jpgNeil Martin, Rehabilitation Therapy Services Supervisor at Broadmoor Hospital at West London NHS Trust, talks about his needle phobia and why he changed his mind and had the Covid-19 vaccination.

"From an early age, I’ve always had a massive phobia of needles. My fear has often prevented me from going to the dentist, giving blood and having the flu jab. It has also made parts of my role difficult. I was also apprehensive about having the vaccination because of my doubts about its safety and efficacy, including how quickly it was made available and unknown side effects." 

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Masa Milenkovic, Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner has helped the most health and social care staff at Keeping Well over the past year.

"Over the last year I have been involved in working alongside Keeping Well service and have worked with many people who have come for psychological support. I found it rewarding being able to support frontline and keyworkers who were going through many overwhelming changes and needed a space to reflect and focus on their own wellbeing.

Knowing that I worked in a service that offered this was inspiring and gave me a sense of unity when working in the NHS and going through a pandemic. I hope for the service to continue providing this very needed support to people who are doing very difficult work."

Isaachar-crop.jpg"Take each day as it comes and it’s always okay to talk to others"

In 2018, Issachar sadly lost her mother and found out about this tragic news while at work and her mum abroad. Returning to work shortly after this news, she thought going back to normal was the best way forward. However, being around people became too emotional for her and she felt detached.

After speaking to her GP and Matron, and doing a bit of research herself, Issachar found Keeping Well. She was referred to a therapist very quickly and straight away, she noticed how her outlook had changed.

“We spoke about my past, and I was allowed to reminisce the good memories I had with my mum, focusing on the positives. I was thankful for my therapist who helped me find the right mind-set that while my mum has gone, she hasn’t gone too,” Issachar explains.

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0_Lina-Grohbiel.jpgWhen Occupational therapist Lina Grohbiel says she was close to burning out but sought the right help in time to Keeping Well.

“In health care we focus so much on everybody else, we need to learn to think about us,” says London occupational therapist Lina Grohbiel.

Whilst working her job as an occupational therapist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, the 31-year-old started noticing she was getting a short fuse and not coping well with emotional situations. She didn't so much cry, but felt like it a lot. Sound familiar?

But before it got too out of hand, she sought help from specialist NHS support and now she's urging others to do the same to avoid Covid burnout.

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Joanna Green - keeping well .jpgJo Green, CNWL Speech and Language Therapist says the Keeping Well Service is quick and seamless when you need support

Jo Green, CNWL Specialist Speech and Language Therapist reached out to the north west London Keeping Well Service, when she was feeling overwhelmed and anxious due to upcoming workplace changes.

During the summer, Jo contacted one the service’s therapists after attending a wellbeing webinar. Within 24 hours she was registered and offered an appointment.

Jo said: “Once I made contact with the team and spoke with someone, it was so quick and seamless, I was very impressed with how fast someone came back to me, they really cared.”

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London NHS therapist shares how Keeping Well service was a ‘lifesaver’ during Covid-19 lockdown

Massimo Pamitsch, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist for the Ealing Talking Therapies Service shared his experience using the Keeping Well Service, watch and listen to his story.