My name is Sally and I recently popped into Youth Futures to give back. At six weeks old I was thrown down the stairs by my Mother, this was the beginning of my journey in the State’s care system. Whilst in foster care I suffered psychological, physical and sexual abuse which lead to me having mental health issues. I had no relationship with my mother, my father had passed away due to a drug over dose and I had no other family members.
My anxiety and depression had deteriorated to a point where I was attempting to end my life. As a coping mechanism I was self-harming extensively and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol; this led to numerous hospital admissions and a stay at a mental health facility. I’d also had two stays in prison.
I came to Youth Futures when I was 21 and staying in transitional short-term accommodation. Youth Futures supported me practically and emotionally. I was helped with transport to and from doctors’ appointments, budgeting to pay off my ambulance bills, nutrition advice and food shopping. I also engaged in informal art therapy and got mental health support.
I came in today to give back [donate items], to help all the young people and the young mums with babies that do not have anything and I know Youth Futures helps with that.
At the time Youth Futures helped me to secure Government Housing and gave me all the things I needed to set up my home; including a cat to give me something to look after. I was taught life skills and how to survive living alone. Now, 6 years later from first engaging with Youth Futures I’ve enrolled in university and moved into a private rental. Because of what I’ve learnt I’m able to deal with negativity and I don’t need others for happiness.
Youth futures helped me when I was not in a good place, helped me get a house when I was homeless. It makes a difference to someone to have a place to call home when you haven’t got anything.