John*, one of our service users, has been 8 years clean and in recovery. To celebrate this significant anniversary, we caught up with John to pick up on his ‘Journey of Recovery’. Pharmacist Support has been the silver thread that has run through my life, from my first contact in 1994 to the last time…
Following a year out of work due to illness, Lucy’s husband Paul was finally diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. At this point, Paul began intensive chemotherapy treatment and Lucy quit her job to become a full-time carer.
“I was in great need of advice and support in what were very pressured personal circumstances.
Pharmacist Support initially provided me with financial assistance as I had no income at all. I was also given direct assistance with debt and benefits advice which has been invaluable. I would not have known how to cope with filling in, e.g. tax returns effectively or who to approach for benefits advice.
Having access to a service like Listening Friends has sometimes felt like the only outlet I have for my personal anxieties and fears.
From a purely personal point of view, having access to a service like Listening Friends has sometimes felt like the only outlet I have for my personal anxieties and fears without worrying my own family more than they are already. They have helped and supported me as much as they could but sometimes it is better to talk openly to people who simply listen and aren’t directly connected to your day-to-day life – a bit like counseling.
Every time I’ve contacted the team at Pharmacist Support, I have been treated professionally and courteously and have never felt that I am being judged. Their kindness has been a comfort in what have been difficult and occasionally bleak times. Knowing there is somebody at the end of the phone who will help is a massive psychological benefit.”
Pharmacist Support offers financial assistance towards essential expenditure in times of difficulty. It may be provided to pharmacists and their families, trainee pharmacists and MPharm students. If you are currently experiencing financial difficulties, do not hesitate to contact us on 0808 168 2233 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.We can help you assess whether an application for financial assistance is the best route and discuss what other support might be available for you. We are here to listen and to help in confidence.