The small gestures of help and support can make a huge difference to someone with mental health problems. It can be the difference between life and death. Here, some of those who have been helped describe their own personal turning points.
Mike Henderson was first arrested at the age of 12. By 14 he had had his first stint in prison, and two years later he was addicted to hard drugs, including cocaine.
A life of petty crime followed to fuel his addiction. He was described by the police as “a one-man crime wave”.
But he says: “I didn’t know I’d been battling with anxiety and depression. I didn’t know I would now suffer a dual diagnosis with the onset of drug induced psychosis.”
He was labelled a trouble-maker early on and when he did begin to seek help, he felt treated like “a threat that needed sedation”.
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