Martin shares his story and hopes to help others

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IN THE middle of the street everything got too much for Martin Phillips and he broke down in tears.

After years of fighting mental health issues, it all got on top of the 59-year-old from Crookhorn, in October last year.

But thanks to help from mental health services, Martin feels he’s finally on the road to recovery.

He shares his story during Mental Health Awareness Week.

He said: ‘I was walking down the street, it was pouring down with rain and I just had a breakdown.

‘An ambulance was called and I was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.’

The Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team, which is run by Solent NHS Trust, visited Martin in QA.

The CRHT runs 24 hours a day, throughout the year and accepts ‘crisis’ referrals from a doctor, a mental health professional or from the police.

After that Martin was referred to The Orchards, in St James Hospital in Locksway Road, Milton, which is run by the same health trust.

‘For the first 10 days I literally just ate and slept,’ added Martin.

‘That’s all I did, I felt so tired and wanted to make sense of all that had happened.

‘The staff at the unit were brilliant and the support I had and still have was too.

‘This time I haven’t rushed my recovery, but taken time to get well.’

Martin had been on anti-depressants, but stopped taking them as he felt better.

He added: ‘It’s so important to get help if you feel you need it.

‘Even if you just start talking to people.

‘The team at The Orchards were brilliant.’

The trust said that stories like Martin’s aren’t uncommon.

Operations manager Louise Orr said: ‘Martin’s story is quite common and it’s encouraging to hear how we have helped him manage his condition.

‘We are grateful for his kind words, but importantly we hope that by sharing his personal experience, we can encourage anyone else who might be facing similar challenges to seek help as soon as possible.’