Help with Women in Mind

Dorothy McDowell and Rofina Falla-Smith, co-founders of charity Women In Mind

Dorothy McDowell and Rofina Falla-Smith, co-founders of charity Women In Mind

Most of us will have enjoyed a lovely Christmas dinner, lots of presents and been surrounded by the ones we love on Wednesday.

But not everyone is lucky enough to just relax and enjoy Christmas time with their loved ones over the festive period.

It is estimated that one in four people suffer from depression at some time in their life. Women are twice as likely to experience anxiety than men.

Dorothy McDowell, who lives in Brickhill, has now set up a charity called Women In Mind, based at Ridgmont Railway Station, which aims to help women with mental health issues on a long-term basis or however long they need support for.

She set up the charity after suffering with anxiety and depression problems for the majority of her life and feeling there is not enough long-term support available for women.

She said: “When I was about nine my mother had a nervous breakdown and I became her carer, I am an only child and my dad had problems.

“When I was about 12, I was at grammar school at the time, and I just couldn’t cope. I just came to a grinding halt, I couldn’t do anything and I was put on tranquillisers.

“I looked after my mother all the time until she died when I was 29. When I was 18 I cracked up again. The stress of caring for my mother was just too much. I had to be registered as disabled at that time.

“I went through some group therapy sessions which really helped me and I had some help in trying to find a job.

“Since then there have been a couple of times when I have fallen back when things have become stressful in my life. But I have always managed to get through it.”

Dorothy set up the charity with friend Rofina Falla-Smith, who has recently been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder after suffering years of mental health problems.

They set up the charity after meeting at a self-help group and agreeing there is just not enough support for women who suffer with depression or mental health issues.

The charity is open to all women who are over 18 and living in Bedfordshire.

They currently have one group, which offers therapy sessions and activities.

For more information call Women In Mind on 07917 639428.




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