Cambridge woman will scale Snowdon to help team that saved her life

PUBLISHED: 12:01 04 March 2017

Stephanie Carter raising funds for Fenland crisis . Picture: Keith Heppell

Stephanie Carter raising funds for Fenland crisis . Picture: Keith Heppell

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A Cambridge woman is raising money for the mental health crisis service that saved her life by attempting to scale Mount Snowdon – the highest mountain in Wales – several times.

Stephanie Carter, who lives in Chesterton, began to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks in 2004 and, 11 years later, was suffering from daily traumas.

She was diagnosed with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and in 2015 suffered a breakdown, leaving the city to stay with her mother who lives in the fens.

“I completely fell apart and I felt the only way out was, sadly, suicide,” said Stephanie. “I wanted to save my children from the burden I felt I was to them. After 11 years of anxiety, I was exhausted.”

The Fenland Locality Team of mental health service provider Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust assisted her on her journey to recovery.

“They were at the end of the phone line when I was in total despair,” said Stephanie. “They provided me with home visits every day during the crucial time and provided the correct medication to deal with the situation.”

“They would sit with me outside, if that’s what I felt I needed at the time, talked me through panic attacks on the phone while my children slept during the night. They were the longest nights of my life.

“The crisis team were truly amazing and I have so much to be grateful for that I was fortunate enough to have them in my life. To be completely honest, if they weren’t there during this time in my life I don’t actually think I would be here today.”

Stephanie is now back living in Cambridge and working part-time. She hopes to start a study course that will set her off on the path to a career caring for people going through the difficulties she faced.

“To show my gratitude to these amazing people, I am walking several treks up Snowdon to raise awareness and money to help save the lives of others. Some people don’t get this support and, sadly, don’t make it into the light again. I did.”

Funds can be donated online.

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