‘Without all your support, I don’t think I’d have seen Christmas.’
Sam, age 21, came to live at Fox Street Community in April 2012 after a relationship breakdown. This was Sam’s first time being homeless.
At the time, he had nobody to turn to with no support from his family. He was struggling to cope with the way his life had ended up and felt alone in the world.
Sam’s feeling of hopelessness began to impact upon his emotional wellbeing and very soon his mental health deteriorated. The staff at Fox Street tried to engage with Sam, but his behaviour became erratic and unpredictable. The police were called following an incident and Sam was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. He was admitted to hospital and underwent treatment for his mental health.
Two months later, Sam returned to Fox Street Community a changed man. He was no longer having hallucinations and his mental health had stabilized. He began to engage with the Community Mental Health Team and to address his substance misuse. With support from the staff at Fox Street Community, Sam was able to develop his interests, become more confident and make friends. This new focus enabled him to gain a sense of self –worth with new goals to aim for. After nine months, Sam was ready and able to move on to more independent accommodation.
Sam’s case is a great example of how Fox Street Community was there for someone in need. Despite a difficult start, they did not give up and continued to get him the right support.