Stephen didn’t feel safe in his flat and living there made him feel worse about everything. He just couldn’t see a way forward, there were always a lot of people coming and going, which made it very hard for Stephen to focus on improving the issues he faced.
Due to Stephen's alcohol problems, he was often left with no money to buy food, gas and electricity. He was stuck in a vicious circle of poverty and this put more pressure on Stephen’s already fragile mental health.
The pressure just got too much for Stephen and there were times where he had to access the mental health crisis team for support with suicidal thoughts.
Stephen was introduced to Kenny, a support worker on the Dual Diagnosis team. Kenny listened to Stephen's concerns and together they drew up a support plan to focus on the issues that affected Stephen on a daily basis.
Kenny supported Stephen to get help with his benefits and make sure he was receiving the correct amount. At the same time, Stephen was supported to access help around his mental health and alcohol issues. Stephen later accessed the Windsor Clinic and successfully completed a detox programme.
The long term plan was to focus on Stephen resettling to a different tenancy - somewhere he could relax, focus on improving his mental health and make a new start in his life. Somewhere where he could be happy.
In March 2014, Kenny supported Stephen to resettle to a new home where he could relax and start a new future. Stephen has remained alcohol free and continues to improve his mental health issues. Stephen is very happy with his new home.
We’d like to wish Stephen all the best for his new future and congratulate him on all the hard work he has done in improving his life for the better.