Uk news Scots mum opens up about her fight with anxiety whilst living in a rural village PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Mhari Riddell, 50, has spoken out about her battles with anxiety whilst living in a rural Scottish community.

Uk news Scots mum opens up about her fight with anxiety whilst living in a rural village PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Mhari Riddell, 50, has spoken out about her battles with anxiety whilst living in a rural Scottish community.

Uk news  Scots mum opens up about her fight with anxiety whilst living in a rural village PremierLeague-News.Com
14 May 2021 - 08:02

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A volunteer for a Stirling charity has warned of the issue of poor mental health in rural communities as she opened up about her own journey. Mhari Riddell, now aged 50, had struggled with her own mental health since she was a teenager, with a series of health problems - including multiple miscarriages - later attributed to an undiagnosed blood condition. She suffered suicidal thoughts and was placed on medication. Following the birth of her first child, daughter Siobhan in 1992, Linwood native Mhari decided to make the move out of the city and join husband Paul in Killin for what she believed would be a share of the quiet life. But that decision was soon to bring a fresh problem as her challenges in adjusting to her new surroundings made her feel increasingly trapped and isolated in her own home. Read More Related Articles Balfron prawn farm in administration and 18 jobs lost after Covid restrictions put pressure on supply demand Read More Related Articles Ultrarunner takes on 96-mile run along West Highland Way for mental health charity Mhari, who moved to Stirling three years ago, spoke to the Observer as Mental Health Awareness Week draws to a close. She said: “I was used to being in the city and wanted to do something different but things went downhill quite quickly. “I started to feel isolated and cut off from the world and I couldn’t drive to get to the shops or whatever. “It got to the stage that I wouldn’t be leaving the village for months at a time and I was relying on friends to take the kids to school trips and activities so that they didn’t miss out on anything. “If I was doing something, it would all have to be organised in a single day because I’d have to be heavily sedated to do it and I’d be exhausted afterwards. “As an example, I ended up passing the buck of Christmas shopping to my husband because I couldn’t face it or otherwise it would have to be blitzed in a single day. “At that point, I felt there wasn’t any way out of the cycle and that this was the way my life was going to be.” Click here for more news and sport from the Stirling area. As her anxiety continued to dominate her life, Mhari’s worried GP referred her to local organisation Action in Mind for the support she needed. It was through Action in Mind (AIM) that she met Angie MacDonald, who works for the organisation’s rural outreach programme - and it was that first meeting that Mhari describes as the beginning of her journey to recovery.

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. “I’ve known Angie for 17 years now and she was always someone who I could offload to that wasn’t family or friends because I needed someone who wasn’t involved with me over the years. “Angie came with me for my first meeting to see the psychiatrist at Kildean and also helped me get my bus pass which opened me up a lot more and because it was free, I couldn’t use that as an excuse for not getting out and about any more. “I was very good at hiding issues in Killin because other than the people close to me, nobody really knew what I was going through but AIM helped me get out to wee day trips and activities, which I hadn’t done for a long, long time.I also moved to Callander back in 2010 and that was a huge change because it made me push myself and I was able to get around a little more.” Mhari balances her day job as a cleaner with volunteering duties for AIM and has now also joined the charity’s board in efforts to reach and help people like her. “I’ve felt as if I hadn’t lived a life for about 20 years and people who have known me think of me as a completely different person now”, she added. “I’ve started fundraising for the charity and I’ve also been to the Scottish Parliament campaigning for better services. “People have got to be brave about asking for help when they need it because the suicide rate is horrific and hearing about people I know who have taken their own life is horrific.” Meanwhile, for Angie, who has been involved with AIN for 17 years, the unique challenges posed by lockdown has made the effort of reaching people in already remote communities even more tricky. Read More Related Articles New Stirling MSP embarks on Holyrood experience after election victory Read More Related Articles Former Scotland and Celtic star Gary Caldwell kicks off new interactive national anthem wall ahead of Euro 2020 “One of the challenges is that our clients are a mixed bag; the older generation find it more difficult with technology where other clients can embrace that and it makes it easier to get them with things like Zoom calls for example. “During the first lockdown, a lot of our older clients were very resilient and are used to being isolated where they are but it has been a struggle over winter and for some of them, they haven’t been out of the house for a year because they’ve been shielding. “A big problem is that people in rural areas are so far away from services so for people in Lochearnhead and Tyndrum, a psychiatric appointment in Larbert or Stirling is a day out and that’s amplified if they have a physical disability. “Also rural areas still have that stigma around mental health where people know your business, so it can be more different to get people along to meetings or the support they need.I do love my job and while it does have it’s challenges, the job satisfaction is amazing when you get cases like Mhari, who has gone from not being able to leave the house to being out and about promoting positive mental health.”

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