Ni­cole’s fly­ing high thanks to Life Link

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

AN OBAN woman who suf­fered from de­pres­sion is rais­ing money by jump­ing out of a plane for the char­ity that helped her, writes David McPhee.

Ni­cole Lopez, 21, and her friend James Cameron, 22, are set to com­plete the sky­dive in aid of Life Link on Novem­ber 5.

Life Link aims to help young peo­ple and adults man­age their stress more ef­fec­tively and achieve their full po­ten­tial.

‘Ear­lier this year I was di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion for the sec­ond time round,’ Ni­cole said.

‘This time was so dif­fi­cult, the small­est of things were in­cred­i­bly hard for me; get­ting out of bed, show­er­ing, go­ing to the shops, just be­ing near peo­ple and hav­ing to smile was in­cred­i­bly chal­leng­ing.

‘It got to the stage where I was go­ing to work and break­ing down in front of cus­tomers, I was tak­ing at least three panic at­tacks a shift. With the sup­port of my amaz­ing man­age­ment, and all my friends and fam­ily, I went and got help.

‘I was re­ferred to Life Link, a char­ity-based coun­selling ser­vice that of­fers short-term ses­sions, nor­mally about four.

‘Be­cause my coun­sel­lor could see how badly I was do­ing, she man­aged to get my ses­sions ex­tended to six.

‘Each week we did a core as­sess­ment to see how well I was do­ing; 40 meant you needed se­ri­ous psy­chi­atric help, and zero meant no men­tal health prob­lems at the mo­ment.

‘On the fi­nal week, she told me that on my first ses­sion I was sit­ting at 36 and in just six ses­sions I had man­aged to come all the way to just seven.

‘If it wasn’t for Life Link, I would still be a mas­sive mess and prob­a­bly ended up in hospi­tal.’

To do­nate to Ni­cole’s fundrais­ing page, visit www.gofundme. com/nicole­andjc.

Ni­cole will do the sky­dive with her friend James Cameron.

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