Dedicated office worker Marie has recently been promoted and is looking forward to being a team manager, but her career path may have taken a very different route without the intervention of Able Futures.
Based in Halifax, 34 year old Marie felt that she was becoming depressed and feeling increasingly negative about her life. Although she loved her work and the engagement with clients, she noticed that she was becoming more volatile when trying to resolve work issues with colleagues.
After visiting her GP for help, she accepted her manager’s recommendation and was referred to Able Futures, which is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions. Able Futures provides nine months of support at no charge, which includes regular engagement with a vocational rehabilitation consultant (VRC).
“I knew I needed to do something about my mental health,” said Marie. “I was losing patience with myself as much as other people. I was feeling increasingly frustrated about my work situation.
“My doctor offered me anti-depressant pills, but I wanted to be able to talk to someone about my life, the childhood experiences that have shaped me and were still driving the way that I was behaving.
“I needed someone who had the required training and expertise to help me to ‘join up the dots’, attain a better insight and take control again of my life and personal happiness.”
Marie’s VRC introduced her to several different approaches to enable her to better understand and handle her worries. Marie now uses ‘Circles of Control’ to help her manage her responses and to categorise a situation that she can or can’t influence.
A further approach explores the impact of negative thinking styles and how to strike a more balanced viewpoint and response.
“I have learnt a lot about myself and keeping a diary has also helped me to reflect on how I responded to events that have occurred at work,” added Marie. “The diary uses a number of headings to look at what your first automatic thought was, what evidence was there to substantiate that way of thinking and what was a more balanced view. I am making my decisions based on facts and not emotion.
“Able Futures saved my sanity, my job and my career. Engagement with them has helped me to see the bigger picture and not fixate on the big black spot in the middle. I have the knowledge and the tactics to be able to push back against any threatened spell of depression. I am looking forward to my new role and to be a manager that inspires her team to deliver a great service to the clients.”