This week has seen our Claire experience a mixture of feelings…

On Monday, I attended the wedding of my friends at Southport town hall. It was an emotional event and quite surreal that such a joyous occasion should be taking place in the middle of a pandemic. I was also invited to the celebration meal afterwards and it was then that I had an attack of anxiety. As I’ve said before, I call these attacks “future dooming” and my head was filled with all sorts of doom-laden scenarios. Fortunately, I was able to put my anxieties to one side and enjoy the celebrations. I would have regretted it – possibly for the rest of my life – if I’d missed it. So I was really glad I went.

However, Tuesday was the start of lockdown measures. So it was quite a jolt to go from enjoying such freedom on Monday to being restricted again. According to the Liverpool Echo, measures for the area include advice to only use “public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work” and “not socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue”. This, coupled with the regulation that people “must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens”, is going to make me extremely isolated. Then, in the evening, came the news that we could experience lockdown measures for the next six months. So, by the evening, I was pretty despondent and wondering what kind of future I had to look forward to.

Then, today, I was reminded that it is Caroline’s last day at WHISC, as she is retiring. Caroline has worked tirelessly for WHISC and is also a lovely, deeply caring, person as well. So, whilst I am happy that she can now enjoy a hard earned retirement, I am also sad that is she is leaving.

So this week has been one of some really mixed emotions. So it’s not surprising to find my mind turning to WHISC’s Listening Ear service. I used the service at the beginning of the year and was taken from despair to feeling hopeful about the future – even laughing – in less than an hour. It was literally a life saver. So, if you’d like to give them a call, you can do so on 07708 381 568. Alternatively, you can leave a message on Facebook and they will call you back. You needn’t wait until you’re in crisis either. If you want to have a chat, they’re there just the same. Please also have a look around the rest of the website for more information about this and everything else WHISC does. Never forget that together, we will get through this.

Please Note: If you’re in crisis, please call The Samaritans on 116 123 or the emergency services on 999.

The Centre at WHISC is temporarily closed in our effort to keep everyone safe in line with the tightening of lockdown restrictions across the region. We will review on a weekly basis. We will also post updates on Facebook.
We continue to provide services over the phone and online. We are continuing to use a centralised mobile number for people to book Listening ears on and this is as follows:
07708 381 568 for anyone in need of a chat.
Stay safe & see you soon. x