“I had no one to talk to. I tried to end it all.” Chad attempted suicide at the age of 10. His mental health issues grew worse through his teens and this led him to leave the family home.

Case 245 - Chad

He ended up sleeping rough on the streets, Chad recalls that life was very difficult, and he fell into bad company, “I got involved in drugs and anti-social behaviour”. While he was staying in a homeless hostel where he was referred to Action for Children.

Chad got one-on-one assistance from an Action for Children support worker to help him while he was trying to find somewhere to live. Chad found some of these places very unsettling and so the moral support he received was just as important as the practical support. He says, “The support showed me I am worth bothering about. I still get no support from family at all.” Action for Children helped Chad with life skills such as budgeting and supported him as he struggles with depression and anxiety.

Chad’s life is now stable and he is more confident. He has a job in the construction industry, a new relationship and is looking to the future with a positive attitude. “My life has changed since coming in contact with Action for Children. They have helped me a lot. I now feel more settled and focussed and my attitude to life has changed.”