Mary’s story

In this video we learn about how Mary has used her personal health budget for psychotherapy sessions which have improved her mental health and wellbeing, enabling her to establish a much better relationship with her family.

Mary, 55 and from Northamptonshire, has depression, anxiety and a personality disorder. She has accessed mental health services for 10 years. She overdosed 18 times last year, requiring crisis intervention, paramedic and hospital involvement.

Mary decided to use her personal health budget for ongoing twice-weekly psychotherapy sessions with a therapist she trusts, and is now far less reliant on other mental health services. Mary’s self-harming behaviour has greatly reduced, she has been able to lower her medication and she has a much better relationship with her family.