You helped me deal with my sexual abuse and depression | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: LIFE is so much better since I first wrote to you about feeling suicidal after years of poor mental health and suffering flashbacks to the sexual abuse I suffered as a child.

I was also struggling financially.

At 38, I couldn’t see a way forward.

You were the first person I’d ever confided in, and you were so kind and understanding. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me.

You sent me your support packs on Male Rape and Abused As A Child, and told me about mental health support I could access.

In addition, you recommended I contact Turn2us (turn2us.org.uk, 0808 802 2000) for free financial advice.

Since then, life has improved immeasurably.

I’m now getting benefits I didn’t know I was entitled to, which have improved my quality of life.

I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD, for which I’m getting support.

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Every problem gets a personal reply, usually within 24 hours weekdays.

Send an email to deardeidre@the-sun.co.uk

You can also send a private message on the DearDeidreOfficial Facebook page.

And although I can’t change the past, I’ve reported my abuser to the police.

Thank you for helping me to repair my life.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Thank you for updating me – it really is the highlight of my job when I learn I’ve helped someone.

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