This week we would like to help a 24 year old woman from London called Erica. We heard about Erica from a Family Nurse.
Erica has been in hospital for the last 16 months on a mental health ward. She was suffering from anxiety and depression and reached the point where she was self harming and suicidal.
She has been on a course of treatment involving medication and therapy. And after a lot of time, hard work and treatment, Erica is now ready to move out of the hospital and into supported accommodation. She will be living in a flat on her own, but there will be support available to her during the day if she needs it.
She is so excited about the idea of living independently, but she is also very anxious about the move. She has never had to do things like pay bills or shop for food before. And it’s daunting. She has a lot of emotional support around her now, but she is struggling on a practical level. She needs a lot of things for her flat, but doesn’t have any savings to help her get started.
Erica has been through a lot. She needs this fresh start to be a positive one – not one filled with fear and worry. As well as her financial worries, Erica is quite self conscious about the scars on her arms - they are a constant reminder of bad times for her. With your help, we want to help her feel happy and supported and ready to face the world again.