My name is Regan, I have been supported by Youth Futures since September 2016 and am due to leave the program next month. When I first came to Youth Futures I was temporarily renting a room from a friend. I couldn’t go back home as I’d stabbed my brother and wasn’t legally allowed to stay in the same house with him anymore. I was in contact with my family but the relationships were unstable due to their issues surrounding drug use and Mental Health challenges. I also had Mental Health challenges and was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression, occasionally I would self-harm and sometimes had suicidal thoughts. In the beginning a Housing Support Worker at Youth Futures helped me to regularly meet with my Youth Justice Office and adhere to the responsibilities of my order so I wouldn’t get in more trouble. I was still studying year 12 at high school. They also helped me connect and attend appointments with Headspace, YMCA, Mirrabooka Community Mental Health, the Alive-360 program and a GP to obtain Mental Health Care plans so I could move forward with my life. I was helped to attend personal training and yoga sessions at Goodlife Gym to support both my physical and mental health.
Due to the lack of stability staying with friends my Housing Support Worker helped me apply to stay at the medium-term accommodation Foyer; I stayed there for 18 months whilst completing my studies at high school and then Tafe. Over the past 12 months I have been staying in my own place which I got through Department of Communities; I had to change gyms but saw the importance of continuing my healthy lifestyle. I’m pleased to say I had the rent in constant credit and managing all my bills on only a low-income. I also like to keep the place clean and tidy and take pride in my home. I was so lucky to have Youth Futures brokerage help me again to get essential furniture including a washing machine.
At Tafe I completed a certificate 3 in Legal Studies, which then progressed on to me completing a certificate 4 and a Diploma in Legal Studies. Youth Futures helped me to pay the initial Tafe fees after which I set up a payment plan to pay for the rest of my studies. My long-term plan was to get a Law degree but first I wanted to get some work experience at a law firm to make sure it was for me. This type of experience was hard to come by but a recruitment agency helped me go to several job interviews and I was lucky to get a full-time admin position at a prestigious law firm in the city.
I still take regular medication to assist with my Mental Health and even though some days are harder than others I can manage my symptoms and work towards my goals in life.
As I have my house and job now my next goal is to get my driver’s license. Again, brokerage from Youth Futures was able to buy me $800 worth of driving lessons pay $100 for the practical driving assessment. I hope to pass in the next couple of months and can't thank Youth Futures enough. My next big thing will be enrolling in University to complete a Bachelor in Criminology which can then lead onto a Law degree.