Case study: Mark

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Mark’s life went downhill after a stay in hospital in Leeds.

He had been treated for a brain haemorrhage and when he came home he found that his partner had started a relationship with someone else, so he had to leave, which left him homeless.

He went to Scarborough as he had friends there who he was able to stay with for a short time before sleeping rough or staying in various shelters. He got accommodation through Horton in March and has been receiving support for health problems.

He said: “I have had some medical trouble. I was suicidal at one point. But my support worker goes to the doctors with me and speaks for me.

“She has got me thinking in a different light and I am feeling better about everything. If it wasn’t for her I would be dead or drunk by now.”

When Mark is feeling fitter and stronger he hopes to return to lorry-driving – something he previously did for 25 years. He says he has already received a number of job offers.