Case study: My mental health has gone through a huge shift

‘My mental health has gone through a huge shift and I’m happier within myself.’ James was referred to our Peer Mentoring Scheme suffering heavily from depression. He lacked motivation and would often isolate himself in his flat. During this period of his life he was binge drinking and smoking heavily, and slept all day and stayed awake at night. He described his life as 'sad, bleak, dark and very lonely.' James was allocated a peer mentor through Horton Housing. Together they did a variety of activities such as going for walks, visiting art galleries, enjoying the park and going for a coffee. All activities were chosen by James. His peer mentor helped him leave his flat. James said: 'It's that quality time, knowing that someone is there for me. It's…
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Case Study: Volunteering is a chance to give back

Case Study: Volunteering is a chance to give back

For Linda, volunteering as a peer mentor is a chance to give back to those who have helped her over the years. Eight years ago, Linda was diagnosed as bi-polar after 30 years of mental health problems, which included bouts of clinical depression. Her illness manifested itself in both lows and highs, when she felt invincible and lacked inhibition. Her psychotic episodes could last anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks and she would sometimes end up hospitalised as a result. She is now on mood stabilisers and anti-psychotic medication and has not had an episode for 18 months. Linda had a bad childhood and suffered abuse and a number of traumas as an adult. “My life felt like it was just one bad thing after…
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