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Adam's Story: Struggling With Mental Health

Adam* was subjected to sexual, physical and emotional abuse growing up. Ten years after his dad went to prison, his mum suddenly threw him out.

Forced to live in his car, Adam was unable to keep up his job and dropped out of university, which left him feeling so desperate he attempted suicide.  

Centrepoint found Adam a home, a GP, where he received a diagnosis for depression, and a psychiatrist  enabling him to talk about his trauma for the first time in his life. Adam now lives in shared accommodation, is back at work and planning to return to university to complete his studies.  

Adam's Story: Struggling With Mental Health

“I was referred to Centrepoint in June last year after my mum made me homeless.”

“My Dad was physically and sexually abusive. He has been in prison since 2010. Mum was aware of what he was doing, he was violent to her too.”

“My relationship with Mum was never good, she was emotionally abusive, always putting me down, nothing I ever did was good enough. One day, she just threw me out, I had no time to get my stuff, all I had was my work uniform. I slept in my car for a couple of weeks, I didn’t have anywhere else to go.”

“It felt like my life was over, like I was going nowhere.”

“I was diagnosed with depression six weeks ago, but those feelings have been there since high school, I just didn’t know what it was.”

“As a kid I felt different, by the time I got to college I was self-harming. Even at university I felt different. I ended up trying to kill myself, I was going to jump off a bridge but someone walked by and talked to me.”

“I just felt so desperate, it was definitely my lowest point. I’d had to leave my job by then because I didn’t have a home. I also had to drop out of college, I had nowhere to study, I was living in my car, I couldn’t get a shower or anything.”

“Centrepoint found me somewhere to live, they got me a GP and put me in touch with a psychiatrist and for the first time, I’ve been able to really talk about the abuse at home. Centrepoint feels like a safe place when I didn’t have one. It’s a real community here, a supportive environment.”

“Less than a year ago I was sleeping in my car, now I’m in a shared house. Everything has turned around, I’m back at work and I’m planning on getting back to university. When I was standing on that bridge, I couldn’t envisage being at this point. I was in crisis.”

“Even now, there are times I don’t feel like I’m going anywhere. It’s tough, depression means my brain makes its own reality. I have relapsed and self-harmed, but I’ve been able to talk it through.”

“I have no relationship with my family but, in a way, that makes me feel free. I can do what I want with my life without being judged and criticised.”

“Centrepoint have been brilliant. Without them I wouldn’t be here, I’d have killed myself.”

“To other young people in similar situations I would say keep going. Sometimes you can’t imagine things will get better, but they will. Keep trying and keep working with people who can help. Keep going. It’s just the brain saying that things won’t change, but things will change. You just have to work at it.”

Adam still struggles with his mental health and continues to receive support from Centrepoint. He also engages with the arts programmes that Centrepoint run. He hopes to return to university and eventually become a Parkinson's nurse.

*names have been changed

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