"The secret behind Anthony‘s successful achievement lies in making the Recovery Star tool that we use a practical reflection of the Service Users’ recovery journey."
Anthony was taken into care when he was very young after being separated from his mother who suffered from schizophrenia. As an adolescent, he led a peripatetic life, drifting between London and Kent and living in hostels for the homeless. He began to show signs of schizo-affective disorder and autism but following diagnosis he became non-compliant with his medication and was subsequently admitted to hospital where he stayed for a long period of time.
Anthony was eventually referred to Equinox Lewisham for support with his mental health and accommodation requirements.
When he first arrived with us he spent the entire day standing in his flat staring at the ceiling and walls and at night do the same from his bed.
The first thing we did was to help Anthony change his mind set, build a strong rapport with us and make him believe that he should not feel marginalised because of his mental health diagnosis. We helped him develop budgeting and other life skills, discussed the importance of responsibilities, building trust and hope and building his own self-esteem.
When Anthony arrived at Equinox Lewisham he didn’t have a bank card, mobile phone or computer. He now has all of these and frequently uses his email to communicate with family and friends. He now manages is own finances and pays his own rent and utility bills without being prompted. He now sleeps well and cooks healthy food for himself on a regular basis.
He no longer misses his medication and hasn’t shown any sign of relapse for over 7 years. He frequently attends Service User Involvement activities to broaden his network.