I suffer from agoraphobia, social phobia, anxiety and depression and am now a recovering addict. I tried to attend a Mindfulness Course in July last year but didn’t get past the first session because I was still struggling with my alcohol addiction. However, when I managed to get sober, I joined the November group. Since attending the Mindfulness course my life has turned around. I feel connected with friends who support me. I have lived here for almost 10 years and was unable to establish friendships due to my agoraphobia . I feel that I now have a purpose and am able to talk to new people about how much I felt the group had helped me. In the past I have felt let down by the lack of help from services such as CAN and the NHS.