Patient stories


I lost interest in activities, I would regularly skip school and began falling behind with my studies. I didn’t know who I could turn to. I was being bullied and felt very low in mood. After spotting the CHOICES poster in my local shopping centre I got in touch with the team and they arranged a face-to-face meeting. After having a chance to discuss my worries, they worked with me to put together a support plan.

There are a number of community organisations that can help young people like me. Local football clubs, music and art programmes provided an outlet for my frustration but also build my confidence and self-esteem and provide an opportunity to meet people with similar interests. The team rang me six weeks after my appointment to see how I was progressing.

I told them I was part of a local mentoring programme, it was an outlet and I was no longer having to bottle up my feelings. I also had made friends at a local art programme and I am more optimistic about my future.

CHOICES service user.

CHOICES service supports children and young people with their emotional health and wellbeing.

It’s hard to say what my life would have been like had I not been having therapy at Open Door…I believe it helped me deal with some very significant issues. Having a place I could use to make sense of difficult feelings and thoughts I was having as well as a person I could trust helped me develop as a person and continues to inform the way I think about myself and the world today. Open Door has been incredibly valuable to me and I’m extremely grateful for all the hard work everyone has done for me especially my therapist.

22 year old service user at the end of therapy

It was good having people who looked at different aspects…complex needs, home care is best for me. Prevents hospital admission. If my care is good in community then I have no need for hospital admission..

Locality team patient

I couldn’t cope with all these on my own. Thank you very much for your help. Pop in to visit me for a cup of tea any time.

Ms KB, Home from Hospital client.

Home from Hospital service provides practical and emotional support to return and settle back in at home after discharge from hospital.


Last updated: 10/12/2018