Ed's Story


Healthy Futures has helped Ed to feel happier and healthier than he had felt in a long time

Ed, aged 42, was struggling to get through life. He had alcohol issues, poor mobility and was clinically depressed.

The Healthy Futures team first met Ed at the Royal Derby Hospital, where he was recovering from a serious suicide attempt. Just before trying to take his own life Ed had been homeless, forced to sofa surf and had reached the point where life seemed worthless.

The hospital was supporting Ed to detox from alcohol, but it was clear that he needed accommodation to truly put an end to this cycle of alcohol use and self harm.

Healthy Futures staff found a suitable room for Ed in a shared house. They helped him to move in, and, because he had been homeless and had few belongings of his own, they also helped Ed to get a clothes pack and food parcel from the Hope Centre.

Staff worked with Ed to make sure he accessed his local GP practice and attended his appointments with Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS). They also gave him continuing support and encouragement to reduce his alcohol intake and start going to AA meetings.

Ed recently moved to a ground floor flat and feels happier and healthier than he has for a long time. He takes part in Derventio's Growing Lives activities regularly and has gained several new friends who help him to stay sober.

We have used a stock photo and changed Ed's name to protect his anonymity.