When I started my journey, I didn’t want to do anything. I felt that I was a waste of space and useless. I was unable to speak for myself and was shaking when I had to meet people, I didn’t want to go out.

I didn’t know what to expect until I met with my support worker. At the beginning I didn’t believe I needed help, so I was resistant to accept it. But when I met my support worker she listened and together we explored the barriers and how I could use my knowledge (she said strengths) to start my recovery.

My first step forward making an action plan and talking through what, how and when I could do stuff. Meeting regularly and frequently with my worker to allow me to build a strong relationship with her.

I struggled with accepting that I needed help and was not to blame for what had happened.

I overcame things by being supported to things by my worker helping me to feel secure then my worker meeting me at the beginning and end of the activity then making appointments for another day. This allowed me to practice the tools we discussed.

My support worker encouraged and helped me, to try things out with my comfort boundaries. She was honest and challenged me in a positive way while allowing me to make the changes and not doing it for me. She supported me.