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

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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 the feeling that somebody does actually care in the world, after a life of loneliness and isolation, an adulthood of suicidal thoughts, knowing that somebody does care.

James’s mental health improved a great deal and he is now volunteering as a peer mentor.

He said: ‘I feel a lot more relaxed, peaceful, lighter. The darkness in my mind has subsided. My mental health has gone through a huge shift having a peer mentor and I’m happier within myself.