Charlotte

I’ve been coming to Georgia’s Voice since April, after being given a poster about it in hospital. I was at first really nervous, as I’d never been to any kind of support group, and was scared about what it might be like. I have C-PTSD, and felt really ashamed of how suicidal it has made me over the years. At first it helped to just listen and be around people who could empathise with similar feelings and experiences. Over the weeks I’ve been able to open up and become so much more confident. I love coming to group and being able to not only discuss how I’m feeling, but also have a laugh with people I now call friends. The additional activities like the water park visit are an amazing opportunity to just have fun, and appreciate feeling part of something special. I’d not laughed and felt so free in years, and the facilitators make you feel listened to and comfortable from day 1. I honestly think that without Georgia’s Voice I would have had to leave Uni and my dream course, as I was becoming increasingly too unsafe to be in the community. Since joining the group I’ve managed to stay out of A&E completely. I’ve started to fall in love with living again, I don’t feel so alone, and I have a safe space to look forward to being part of every week. 💜

YAzmin

I put off coming to Georgia’s voice for a really long time! Kept thinking , “I’ll start next week”, which went on for months!
Eventually finding the courage to go, I now can’t imagine life without it; and get really excited for every session.
I never felt like an “outcast” there, everyone was warm and welcoming , and it only took a couple of sessions before I felt like part of the family.

The sessions are amazing to just get everything out, each week is that weight taken off your shoulders. Even if you don’t feel like sharing; it’s nice to be around such amazing women who understand, and are in a similar boat and won’t judge.
It’s especially nice to get out and do activities, a destress and an opportunity to get to know each other on a deeper level and form even closer bonds.

I haven’t been at Georgia’s voice for long, but I’ve made friends for life.
I appreciate everything that’s been done for me so far and so happy I have that extra connection and support I’ve needed for a long time.

Katie

I joined the GV family in November after struggling with my mental health for years. I felt a need to follow and support the charity after going to school with Georgia and finally plucked up the courage to go to a group and I’m so glad I did! I was so shy in the beginning and hardly spoke for weeks, but have gradually grown in confidence, making some amazing, supportive and strong friends along the way. Everyone is so welcoming, inclusive, understanding and non judgemental and there is always someone who can relate to you or understand what you’re going through. It’s so nice to have this group to go to every week, you don’t have to fit a certain criteria to join or receive help, unlike many other services, it’s a consistent, safe, supportive environment which provides essential support, which is great for people like me who struggle massively with change. We also go on amazing trips together where we can make memories, grow closer as a group and just enjoy being young women. I’m so grateful and proud of all my girls and can’t wait to welcome new members in the future.

Sadie

I joined Georgia’s Voice at the start of this year. After dealing with a lot of bad mental health in the past, I felt that joining GV was a step towards helping myself. At first I was nervous and scared about going but even at my first session I was made to feel so welcome and safe. Every session I feel more and more confident to speak out, I feel as if I go to group with a problem and leave with half a problem. My mum was recently diagnosed with stage 4 terminal bowl cancer, it’s been a difficult past three months but Georgia’s Voice had helped me massively. I’ve been offered an incredible amount of support and therapy thanks to GV. I feel like I’m apart of this incredible loving family at Georgia’s Voice, we all are there for each other to talk and support each other. I’ve definitely had a lot of personal growth since starting at Georgia’s voice and couldn’t of done it without speaking out. Talking out about my problems is one of the best things I am doing for myself and the support I receive back I will forever be grateful for.