Wellbeing : Natalie’s Story
Natalie Marshall says that working with Active changed her attitude and made her believe that all things are possible. She attended our first Wellbeing course in Tidworth, Wiltshire during the summer of 2014 suffering from depression and loss of self esteem following major surgery.
Natalie was taking a lot of anti-depressants, painkillers and antibiotics as well as visiting her GP every 1 to 2 weeks. She was putting on weight and becoming isolated as she didn’t like leaving her house or mixing with other people.
Although at first very reluctant to attend, Natalie really enjoyed the Wellbeing course where she found herself amongst other people dealing with similar challenges and was encouraged by the Active Plus injured veterans, including John Bartram, Pete Townsend and Ashley Gordon.
“It’s the best thing I have ever done” she said, “I never thought I would be able to work again but the course is life changing and I am so grateful to all the Active Plus instructors and other people on the course who helped me so much. Without it I would still be wallowing in self pity”.
Natalie followed through with the Personal Action Plan that she developed during the course and soon found employment, initially in the care industry and then in retail. She has also lost weight, stopped her medication and only visits her GP for what she calls “genuine reasons”. Natalie has even coped with moving house twice in a year without being unduly worried by the changes.
Active Plus tries to help people to develop a positive attitude and life-skills that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Natalie has certainly achieved that, explaining that, “the practical learning on the Active Plus course has really stuck with me and I still use the things I learnt. When I am faced with a problem that is challenging I tell myself that this is a ‘bucket in a minefield’ moment and then I know how to deal with it”.
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