Mental Health Life Story: David

10 October 2018
Witham resident David* had been an inpatient at a psychiatric hospital for several months prior to his referral to Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Coverdale service at the end of 2016.

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During that time, David had depression, developed psychosis as a result of drug misuse to self-medicate the condition and had been asked to leave his grandmother’s house.

While in hospital, David was offered a flat at SSL’s Coverdale supported housing service in the town.

David drew up a personalised support plan with staff to help him return to living independently. This included creating a debt management plan via the StepChange debt charity and applying to get his driving licence back.

His licence had been suspended due to drug use, but David is currently undertaking drug tests through his local community mental health team to demonstrate he has overcome his substance misuse habit.

David has successfully found part-time employment at a charity shop near his father’s home, but one of the next goals on his support plan will be to return to full-time work.

His mental health and independent living skills progressed to the point where he was able to move out to independent accommodation in July 2018. He still stays in touch with the service and the friends he made there.

He said: “My time at Coverdale has been really helpful and it feels fantastic to be making the life I want for myself once again – it’s like I’m getting back to the real me.”

SSL local service manager Jane Bruce said: “David has had a number of battles to overcome on the route back to living independently, but he’s been determined to see them through.

“Thanks to personalised support that focused on those areas where he needed the most help, he’s been able to address the obstacles in his life and start living for himself.”

My time at Coverdale has been really helpful and it feels fantastic to be making the life I want for myself once again – it’s like I’m getting back to the real me.

David, SSL Resident

 

* David is a pseudonym

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