Angela, (not her real name), has been availing of the services of CALMS for the last eight years. Like many young Derry woman, Angela left school at 16. Angela, now in her late fifties, got a job working in a prominent factory and remained their until its closure in the 1990’s . The working week became part of Angel’s routine she worked along side the same people, worked the same hours and took the same holidays, “I loved going to work everyday” she said smiling: “ I had so many close friends and I really enjoyed the craic”. When the factory announced its closure in the late 1990’s Angela said she wasn’t” one bit bothered and put it down as one of those things”. What followed for Angela was almost unbearable. After losing her job, her life, as she knew it had completely changed and she simply didn’t know what to do. “I was depressed for about four years” she said “I couldn’t do anything, my head Was a complete mess.  Life was not the same and I had to do something”. “In fairness to my Dr, he did his best but there’s only so much they can do “,  she explained . “He gave me the CALMS phone number and told me that it was up to me to contact them. I mulled it over for three weeks and I called them up”.

Angela didn’t know what to expect when she first went along to CALMS . However one thing she was certain of was that she wanted to feel better.

“I am so glad that I made that phone call” . She added “I have got my life back again and I have met new friends and have gotten involved in new activities”.




Denise (not her real name) started to realise that she needed help when her husband died several years ago.

“Before my husband died I was nursing him and running my own business as well as carrying out the normal day to day duties of running a busy home”.

The death of her husband was to have a profound effect on Denise. She went from a successful and outgoing business woman to someone who was afraid to step outside of the family home.

Denise’s stress and anxiety became so bad that she even feared when the  phone or the door bell would ring.“I was a complete shadow of my former self” she said “I didn’t know what was wrong with me; it was a very dark time for me”. A close friend recommended that Denise try CALMS. “When I first came to CALMS I didn’t know what was wrong with me. All I did was cry” She added: “CALMS is a safe house , a secure house and a sincere house. I knew after my first visit that everyone here was completely genuine. The people here treated me like a human being and made me feel normal. “If it wasn’t for the people here I don’t know where I would be. CALMS was my life saver”.

Other Comments

“The benefits I’ve received from helping coach my body to relax and do something as simple as breathing has changed my life. I have a long way to go yet but without this service and support I don’t know if I would ever have got there. I lost faith and trust in people and Debbie and Katrina have changed my life and I wouldn’t have got here without their continued help throughout the past year and a half of my life. “
“I want to thank Calms for the amazing complementary therapy I have received. This is an amazing organisation which helps people enormously with mental health issues.”
“CALMS is a fantastic organisation who genuinely care about people in the city. I had first class counselling from your organisation and it has helped me find ways to cope with the loss of my dad and the frantic nature of everyday life.”
“Very grateful for the free services from CALMS as I am going through financial difficulties at the moment and would not have been able to afford them. Also, the standard of counselling service was excellent.”
“I feel that Andrea and CALMS has helped me in more ways I could’ve imagined and I’m very grateful and a better person in general for the services provided.”
“CALMS has supported me through some very bad and difficult stages in my recent life. I only wish I had known about the service sooner.”