I was referred to Survive by my mental health social worker. I had become too ill to work.

Fragmented memories in the form of flashbacks from seven years of child sexual abuse flooded my waking hours. When I did sleep, I had horrific nightmares. I received trauma therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) to help me come to terms with my memories of horrendous abuse by multiple abusers. Over time, I learned that every flashback was a signpost to the next memory to work on and my tolerance to the emotional rollercoaster grew.  Following my work with Survive, I have been able to go on a holiday with my family and swim in the sea – something I had not been able to do since I was a child. Survive has given me the skills to work through my memories and I am looking forward to getting back to work.

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I enjoyed my work with my church. As a lady in my 70s, I also enjoyed the compliments received from one of the priests.

He often came to my home. Following an operation, the priest took care of me.

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I was in my 40s when I reached crisis point and was unable to function.

The abuse happened when I was a child and Survive was my last hope.

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