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'I thought I was going insane'
Carl Meah
Carl would fly off the handle

The Mental Health Foundation has warned that people who have a problem with anger have no where to turn.

As a result, many do not get help until they reach a crisis point.

For Carl Meah, 43, that crisis point came eight years ago when he ended up in county court.

Found guilty of affray and criminal damage, he was required to attend anger management classes.

'Racial slur'

Although he initially thought it would be a waste of time, it helped him so much that in 2003 he set up his own company to teach anger management techniques.

People come to us when they are in some kind of crisis - either their partner is about to divorce them or they're on the brink of losing their job

"A huge anger trigger for me was any kind of racial slur because I'm mixed race.

"I now recognise that historically that was because I was teased as a little kid.

"It's all about how you interpret situations - for instance it's not true that I'm stupid or thick, just that I don't understand that particular question."

Relieved that he did not end up in jail, Carl trained with the British Association of Anger Management before setting up Steppingstones - an organisation to help others in the same position he was in.

Resources

"A lot of people who we work with have really severe problems with anger and when they open up it turns out they have experienced severe trauma at some point in their lives.

"Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be a lot of resources out there for people and when they come to us they are in a really desperate state.

"People come to us when they are in some kind of crisis - either their partner is about to divorce them or they're on the brink of losing their job."

Carl, from Manchester, says there are lots of people in his life who probably wished he had received help earlier.

"Personally I would say it is a mental health problem.

"There have been times in my life when I thought I was going insane because I didn't know why I was reacting as I was.

"It affected everything - relationships, employment.

"There is help out there but there's not enough."



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