Original message:
I’m not very good at expressing my feelings and even posting this anonymously is scary, but I think it’s got to the point where I need some help. I haven’t been to my GP or spoken to anyone about this because I’m embarrassed, but I’m getting to the point where I’m feeling so overwhelmed with everything and it feels a bit much. I think I’ve been suffering with anxiety for a good few years now and it only seems to be getting worse. I struggle to talk to people, I don’t feel comfortable anywhere, if I need to speak in a meeting at work I physically can’t and my heart feels like it’s going to jump out of my chest. I thought that I just needed to build on my self confidence but I’ve come to realise it’s a lot more than that, and if I don’t do something about it I feel like it’s going to ruin my life. Alongside this I’m just feeling so down. I can’t get out of bed in the mornings and it takes me around 2 hours, and then I rush and am late for work. I rarely feel joy with anything I do and I’m struggling to look forward to things in the future. Im in a constant state of feeling exhausted and like I need a break, but the breaks I get never seem long enough. This probably sounds so silly to people, and trying to compress these feelings into a little paragraph is tough, but it’s the first step to actually reaching out for help.
Wellbeing Team

We completely understand that it can be a scary step to take that first step in seeking some help and support however we also know that at least 1/4 people at any one time are experiencing anxiety symptoms like you describe above.
If you wanted to seek some support you would be able to self-refer at any time either by telephone on 0300 3030 923 or online without going through your GP first so there is no need for any additional appointments.
At the service all the support we offer is confidential and you would start by having a first appointment with a trained wellbeing practitioner either face to face or remotely and they would listen to you explain your symptoms, experiences and the impact this is having on you and they would then be able to offer you some treatment option and techniques to support you manage these if this was something you would be interested in.

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