Search

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help” - Norfolk man shares his experience of 35-year battle with depression

PUBLISHED: 11:39 03 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:53 03 April 2017

Norwich MIND. Nigel Thomas. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich MIND. Nigel Thomas. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Archant

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

That’s the message from Norfolk man Nigel Thomas who has overcome the depression which haunted him for 35 years.

Now, in the run up to World Health Day on April 7, he is urging others to ask for help if they are struggling.

Mr Thomas, of Rollesby near Potter Heigham, only received the help he needed in 2011 after he “lost the plot”, quit his job and was referred to the Wellbeing Service run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT).

The 63-year-old said: “I knew I didn’t feel quite right but, like many men, I ignored what the doctor said and pretended it wasn’t happening.

“I first struggled on for 25 years and had my ups and downs but kept it to myself as I just thought that was what life was like. Then I got made redundant and my wife died suddenly. My GP told me I had depression but I took the attitude that other people deal with these things, so I should be able to too.

“Things came to a head in 2011 when something happened at work and I just lost the plot completely. I ended up taking myself off and walking along the coast from Sheringham to Great Yarmouth. I needed space to think and to get away from things, but wasn’t able to get away from myself.”

Mr Thomas eventually went back to his GP and attended several appointments with a cognitive behavioural therapy practitioner from NSFT.

He is now using his own experiences to help other people in his job as a peer support worker with Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney, which is run by NSFT in partnership with Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind, West Norfolk Mind, Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind and Relate.

Services at Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney and Wellbeing Suffolk are free and are available to people aged 16 and over living in Norfolk and Waveney, and for people of all ages in Suffolk.

- For more information or to self-refer visit www.wellbeingnands.co.uk or ring 0300 123 1503 in Norfolk and Waveney or 0300 123 1781 in Suffolk.

Other news

38 minutes ago

Suffolk Police are appealing for information about a man who was reported missing after he did not turn up for work.

14:13

Keen gardeners, stunning school displays and colourful businesses were just some of those praised for being the blooming best at a presentation evening.

13:38

A 19-year-old man who stole jewellery from the home of a retired Suffolk woman has been sentenced to two years youth detention.

Plans for 30 retirement apartments branded a ‘Spanish package holiday resort’ by opponents has been refused by councillors.

Most Read

38 minutes ago

Suffolk Police are appealing for information about a man who was reported missing after he did not turn up for work.

Read more
Suffolk Police
13:38

A 19-year-old man who stole jewellery from the home of a retired Suffolk woman has been sentenced to two years youth detention.

Read more
Ipswich Crown Court
07:24

Walk through the doors of a sweet shop, and you are transported back in time.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:50

A 35-year-old man has been charged with attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child.

Read more
Lowestoft

Councillors unanimously rejected plans for an open gypsy and traveller site in Mutford and said they were being treated like ‘frogs in slowly boiling water’.

Read more
Ian Graham

Autumn Supplement

cover

Click here to view
the Autumn
Supplement

View

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Lowestoft Journal weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy