WIGAN COUNCIL ADVERTORIAL#TogetherWeCanencourage people to talk CouncilWiganA worman who experienced suicidalthoughts after leaving her husband isencouraging people not to be afraid nd I started wondering whether life washatI was going through but as soon as be broken downtalking.Julie Porter, 44. Wigan, was in a 13-year "1 knew deep down I wouldn't take myrelationship with her exhusband whoown lfe because I have my two girls and who have been absolutely amazing in their one in four people will experience a mentalmentaly abused her for years, bringing they have been my strength. It was ll Spport.about feelings of worthlessness anddepression.fragle place mentally- even after I left. She said: I was afraid to talk at first,Ifet She also belileves that the more people talkThings got worse before they got better rable and didn't want people to know about mental health, the more barriers wll did I felt comfortable talking to morepeople. I soon told my managers at workworth livingProfessor Kate Ardern, director for publichealth at Wigan Council said: "Statistically.health condition in their lives, which meansreally hard to get over though and I can see n the last five years, Julie has learned tosomeone we know is ikely fighting a battehow being in that place can be isolating. combat the symptoms that can lead to know nothing about.Shorty after leaving the family home, Jule negative mental health by taking time out"We're extremely proud of people skeNow, she's backing Wigan CouncilsTogetherWeCan campaign to smash the spoke to her GP and was prescribed antstigma surrounding mental illhess.toJulie coming forward and telling theirdepressants. She also received counseling She sald: "I know now that if I'm feeling tories as it shows real courage and is aive years ago, Julie found the courage o help her manage her thought process stressed or things are building up, I need massive step forward in bresking down theto leave her toxic relationship, taking her and understand a new way of thinking. to take a step back and focus on what is stgma.understathoghtto receive medication. I was thankful thattwo young daughters with her and lookedJule continued: "it was actually a reliefmportant. I've even made a promise to ian Council is committed to raisingmyself that every year, I will take five daysawareness and we want to work withthatTogetherWeCan real rmake aFor more information about theand support, visit www.wigan.gov.ukJulie's name has been changed fora fresh start.e and lookedthere was finally something to help me feelbetter. I also real ed that after years ofnual leave dedictds to m and I'I residents and services to ilustrateBut it took almost a year before Julestarted feeling mentally strong again andshe says she still feels the effects today: botng up my depression and being tight-I knew that I was depressed because pd about the abuse, talking and being hop.it wasn't in my personalty to feel liceeverything was a chore or be so withdrawn But Julle was to take another hit in 2017 w can be there for others.and drainedtreat mysel to a shopping day ri go tothe gm or take a walk round to the coffeedifference.open was key to recoveryFocusing on my own welbeing is the only TogetherWeCan campaign or for helpNow, Julie is passionate about highighting togetherwecan.local support services and helping peoplespot the signs of negative mental health.when her mum fell i, which piled on evenI felt completely worthless as a person. more pressure and led to Julie feeling likeI felit like a bad mum and was in a really sas on the verge of a breakdown.anonymity reasons.Deal for Health&WellnessLouise, aged 25We've been TOGETHERsince high school.It's hard now becauseWE don't talk anymore.Who CAN I talk to now?#TogetherWeCanneFor help and support, visit www.wigan.gov.uk/togetherwecan

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WIGAN COUNCIL ADVERTORIAL #TogetherWeCan encourage people to talk Council Wigan A worman who experienced suicidal thoughts after leaving her husband is encouraging people not to be afraid nd I started wondering whether life washatI was going through but as soon as be broken down talking. Julie Porter, 44. Wigan, was in a 13-year "1 knew deep down I wouldn't take my relationship with her exhusband whoown lfe because I have my two girls and who have been absolutely amazing in their one in four people will experience a mental mentaly abused her for years, bringing they have been my strength. It was ll Spport. about feelings of worthlessness and depression. fragle place mentally- even after I left. She said: I was afraid to talk at first,Ifet She also belileves that the more people talk Things got worse before they got better rable and didn't want people to know about mental health, the more barriers wl l did I felt comfortable talking to more people. I soon told my managers at work worth living Professor Kate Ardern, director for public health at Wigan Council said: "Statistically. health condition in their lives, which means really hard to get over though and I can see n the last five years, Julie has learned tosomeone we know is ikely fighting a batte how being in that place can be isolating. combat the symptoms that can lead to know nothing about. Shorty after leaving the family home, Jule negative mental health by taking time out"We're extremely proud of people ske Now, she's backing Wigan Councils TogetherWeCan campaign to smash the spoke to her GP and was prescribed ant stigma surrounding mental illhess. to Julie coming forward and telling their depressants. She also received counseling She sald: "I know now that if I'm feeling tories as it shows real courage and is a ive years ago, Julie found the courage o help her manage her thought process stressed or things are building up, I need massive step forward in bresking down the to leave her toxic relationship, taking her and understand a new way of thinking. to take a step back and focus on what is stgma. understathoght to receive medication. I was thankful that two young daughters with her and looked Jule continued: "it was actually a relief mportant. I've even made a promise to ian Council is committed to raising myself that every year, I will take five days awareness and we want to work with thatTogetherWeCan real rmake a For more information about the and support, visit www.wigan.gov.uk Julie's name has been changed for a fresh start.e and looked there was finally something to help me feel better. I also real ed that after years of nual leave dedictds to m and I'I residents and services to ilustrate But it took almost a year before Jule started feeling mentally strong again and she says she still feels the effects today: botng up my depression and being tight- I knew that I was depressed because pd about the abuse, talking and being hop. it wasn't in my personalty to feel lice everything was a chore or be so withdrawn But Julle was to take another hit in 2017 w can be there for others. and drained treat mysel to a shopping day ri go to the gm or take a walk round to the coffee difference. open was key to recovery Focusing on my own welbeing is the only TogetherWeCan campaign or for help Now, Julie is passionate about highighting togetherwecan. local support services and helping people spot the signs of negative mental health. when her mum fell i, which piled on even I felt completely worthless as a person. more pressure and led to Julie feeling like I felit like a bad mum and was in a really sas on the verge of a breakdown. anonymity reasons. Deal for Health &Wellness Louise, aged 25 We've been TOGETHER since high school. It's hard now because WE don't talk anymore. Who CAN I talk to now? #TogetherWeCan ne For help and support, visit www.wigan.gov.uk/togetherwecan

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