– Edinburgh

Billy grew up in Edinburgh. As an early teenager, he suffered a major trauma. When he was 14 years old, he was raped and molested by a friend of the family, and that continued for about two years.

Billy briefly ran away to England, but as soon as he returned, he was put in a children’s home. In the early 90s, he came down to London and lived on the streets for three years until he bumped into a relative who took him in and gave him work. He eventually got a full-time job and met his future wife. Things started getting better and better for him and he got married. He adopted his first daughter and then had a daughter in 2001. However, he started getting flashbacks and panic attacks and decided to leave his wife and return to Scotland again. For the next thirteen years Billy was in and out of homelessness both in Scotland and London, increasingly disturbed by flashbacks. In 2014, with support from Borderline’s Scottish Outreach Worker, he got off the streets and eventually into accommodation. He was supported with a grant to purchase household goods. Borderline then arranged for him to attend the Camden Psychotherapy Unit.

Borderline’s Outreach worker Alex (left) with Billy (right)

Billy explained:

“That’s helping me a hell of a lot. It’s making me feel better in myself. I’m not in a little shell anymore. It’s a big world out there and there is no point being the way I am at the moment. I know that, and hopefully the therapy is going to help me get there. And I feel it is.”

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