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Hi Alone,

I’m sorry to read that you are feeling so down today.It sounds as though the abuse you are going through has led you to be very isolated and it’s understandable that you are finding the loneliness so tough. Sadly many women who go through abuse find that they lose friends and have to form new friendships. It sounds like you have done a huge amount to try to improve your life so try to remind yourself of everything you have achieved in such difficult circumstances. With that in mind, perhaps there are some actions you could take in order to try to meet new people? I know it is easy for me to say and hard to do when feeling low, but there is always the capacity for things to change.

Have you ever attended the Freedom Programme? It can be a good way to meet others who truly understand the effects of domestic abuse. You can find out if there is a group near you here; http://www.freedomprogramme.co.uk

I acknowledge why you are reluctant to go back to a GP as you had an inappropriate response last time which I am really sorry to hear about. However it should be possible for you to find a supportive and understanding GP who could help you manage your depression or refer you for counselling; so I do encourage you to go down that route again when you feel able. Alternatively there is an NHS service called Let’s Talk; the number is 0800 073 2200 or you can read about the service here; http://www.talk2gether.nhs.uk

Keep posting, we are here for you.


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