Mental Health UK

Alan’s story

When Alan first visited Support In Mind Scotland’s drop-in centre in Edinburgh, the Stafford Centre, he was suffering from depression and had been homeless for eight years. He had never made friends or had a home, so he just kept moving.

Alan had been offered a temporary house, and he was both excited and worried: what would happen if he didn’t cope? We supported him to work this all out. We also supported him to attend appointments with a GP, which eased his walking difficulties.

Alan was offered a permanent home. The Stafford Centre supported him to get furniture, move his belongings, fill in forms, access appropriate benefits and budget. This enabled him to feel more confident in his decision making.

Alan still uses the Stafford Centre. He is now working with the Next Step employability staff to look at part-time work, which he is very keen to do.

“The Centre has totally changed my life. I’ve come a long, long way. I am so grateful for the Stafford Centre and the staff.”

Alan’s story is typical for the Centre: someone in crisis needing support – and getting it. Alan’s mental health has improved and he has become someone who helps others, including volunteering at the Centre.

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