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Family breakdown led to a cycle of homelessness

Jack spent freezing winter nights sleeping rough

His bed was a park bench

After being bullied at secondary school, Jack was expelled. This led to a dramatic change in his behaviour which made life at home even more tense. The arguments became worse and worse and he was kicked out. He was just 13 years old. 

Jack had no choice but to spend the night on a park bench. It was so cold he couldn’t sleep. Jack spent the night frightened and shivering. He was all alone.

Jack eventually returned home, but when he turned 16 the unbearable fights and arguments started again. He was forced back onto the streets.

Jack spent two years with no place to call home. Jack lost control of his life. He experienced mental health problems and he tried to take his own life. He was sectioned to a mental health hospital, but his conditioned deteriorated even further and he was sent to a private, secure hospital.

After months of treatment, Jack returned home. 24 hours later attempted suicide and woke up in a hospital – this time with a police presence. It was at this time Jack was referred to Centrepoint.

When Jack came to Centrepoint he was offered emotional support and a safe place to stay. He also received support which helped him successfully move into his own property and  start repairing his relationship with his parents.

Today Jack is continuing to rebuild his life and reconnect with his family. He has a full-time job and a home of his own. Most importantly, he has a future to look forward to.

SAR Jack

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