Keith was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after his experiences in the Armed Forces. Before he accessed Growing Lives he had prolonged periods of admissions into mental health units. He was very isolated, unable to engage with services or with anyone outside the hospital environment and found life very difficult due to his enduring mental health issues.
Keith now attends Growing Lives regularly and has developed a mutually supportive friendship with another individual who uses the project.
"Growing Lives has almost become a substitute family unit for me. Knowing that people care about my wellbeing and are committed to actively supporting me when I feel I am struggling."
We have changed Keith's name to protect his anonymity.