I am in the post recovery stage for Complex post traumatic stress disorder after suffering a mental breakdown in 2021 due to an accumulation of trauma related events at work and in my personal life.
I opted out of the monthly contribution to the Police Treatment Centres several years ago, unfortunately, when I became ill is when I needed the most. I subsequently rejoined and after making contributions for a 12 month period I was able to apply for the Psychological Wellbeing programme.
All I can say is the whole feeling around Harrogate is electric. The energy I encountered from the reception staff, housekeeping team, catering staff, everyone in fact was fantastic.
Every member of the team is dedicated to the Charity and support the guests, no matter what their reason for attending.
The programme is very unique and groundbreaking. Over two weeks you attend an array of wellness classes from relaxation to stress awareness, mindfulness, yoga, Thai chai , nutrition , coping strategies and my personal favourite, essential oils.
With the package you are also offered holistic therapy. This really helps you to remove stress and anxiety from the body. It is amazing and the holistic department are very knowledgeable about the energy systems.
I had a spiritual awakening here which helped me find my true self.
There is also a team of trained counsellors who are here who help provide one to one support. The nurses who are present are very knowledgeable , experienced and so accommodating to guests.
I highly recommend the Psychological Wellbeing course because unfortunately some of the topics they teach are still taboo subjects in modern day policing.
The inputs offered are not in the Police training package so this course is essential for anyone suffering with stress, anxiety or burnout related issues. The Centres allow you to escape work, life in general and quieten the noise.
The facilities are excellent, gym, sauna, the swimming pool, food, all amazing. You never go hungry. The arts and crafts room is a recent feature which has everything a crafter could wish for.
The guests are nationwide from a range of different forces. When you talk to other people there is a common understanding between guests and everyone supports each other.
It allows you to be confident that you are not alone and people do care.