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Wednesday, 9 October

Following on from our recent "patient story", in the Bournemouth Echo on 9 October 2013, Zoe told her story of how the Steps to Wellbeing Service helped her.

"Zoe Overcomes Traumas with Help from Dorset HealthCare's Steps to Wellbeing"

AT the age of 31, Zoe Keogh has had to overcome some major traumas in her life, including domestic abuse, a car crash and the suicide of her beloved mother.

Zoe was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after she started locking herself away, too afraid to leave the house.

But despite all this, Zoe who lives in Bournemouth with her two young daughters, has managed to get her life back on track with help from Dorset HealthCare’s, Steps to Wellbeing Service.

“I’m doing fine now,” she says.

“I’ve always been a very positive person and I really want to help other people who might be in a similar situation to the one I was in a year ago.”

Zoe had moved to Bournemouth to escape an abusive relationship but ended up next door to a couple who were experiencing similar problems.

After one particularly violent episode during which Zoe’s mother was attacked, she ended up suffering with Post Traumatic Disorder and became a virtual recluse.

“I was too scared to go out. It was very scary – I thought I was losing the plot.”

But just when she thought life couldn’t get any worse Zoe’s mother, who she says was her best friend, took her own life.

“It was only the thought of my girls that kept me going,” she says.

Eventually Zoe sought help and signed up for six weeks of counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

“There is no magical cure – you have to put the work in, but it teaches you to control your thoughts and have a more positive outlook on life.”

Zoe who is set to be a volunteer working with people with mental health issues adds: “I want to encourage anyone suffering with mental health issues to seek help and to show that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Even if you think your life is over – it doesn’t have to be.”

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