Dave moved into one of Together’s supported housing projects after a breakdown. His story shows how a move to a safe and supportive environment can awaken feelings of optimism after trauma and spark a desire for purposeful activity and a return to the wider community.
Before I became unwell, I was doing a 9 to 5 job and was living independently in Bournemouth, taking a couple of evening classes in electronic servicing and sound recording. Then I had a breakdown.
After I’d been in hospital for a few months I reviewed several accommodations but I saw the Together service, liked the room and thought I’d feel at home here. The other places seemed to be overly supported; this seemed a lot more laid-back and relaxed.
My impressions are that this is going to be a really good stepping-stone for me to get back into the community.”
I like the staff and the other residents. It’s nice to have a mixed age group; it feels less pressured than other places I’ve been to that are just full of young people. I’ve only been here a couple of weeks, but my impressions are that this is going to be a really good stepping-stone for me to get back into the community.
I’ve chatted with the Project Manager and he knows what my intentions are. Initially, I’m going to do some voluntary work, hopefully for a recording studio down the road. After that, we’ll see; I’ll take it from there. There are lots of opportunities for me now, I think. I’ve started to feel excited about the future.”