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Tandra Lepine remembers having struggled with her mental health since she was a young child. She experienced a lot of unrest at home and, at the age of 12, began to be sexually abused by someone close to her. For Tandra, home was volatile and unwelcoming, and it took a toll on her mental health.
“Wanting to take my life has always been in the back of my mind since I was 12.” Tandra shares.
Tandra was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and mild post-traumatic stress. Though the diagnosis was a starting point towards healing, Tandra had a long road ahead of her.
Shortly after she moved to London, she hit a breaking point and went to a crisis centre. She found a social worker who told her about the First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP).
Through FEMAP, she feels she is finally getting the help she needs, through psychiatry, nutrition counselling and group therapy. She has found FEMAP very helpful, “FEMAP is so different. They are welcoming, and you’re taken seriously.”
Today, Tandra feels that she is still in the early stages of her recovery journey. She is profoundly grateful for FEMAP, saying, “it helped me find hope when I thought there wasn’t any. It’s helped me find my voice.”
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