This then led to alcohol problems, and my weight almost doubling, despite various medications/therapies over many years, which I felt were not much help to me. This led to various breakdowns and life threatening circumstances. And in 2012 it came to ahead, and I became homeless. For months I was living on the streets, hostel dormitories, Hyde Park, the Thames riverside. As well as Wandsworth cinema, and terminal 3 at Heathrow airport.
After successfully overcoming alcohol problems I looked for help to various organisations, charities and councils, whilst battling the depression. Unfortunately I felt that I did not receive much help from some organisations that I approached, and was just given, it seemed constantly, other contact numbers but not really anything that helped me away from homelessness.
I discovered a leaflet at a public library, which contained Borderline’s details. I called them to arrange an appointment to see them. They were the first organisation which seemed to help me, rather than pass me contact numbers, and then I entered the YMCA Waltham Forest.
Since then I have volunteered on reception with Borderline for a year and a half now, as well as helping out when I can with other things. I am also working with a Careers Advisor there as well.
I am hopeful that this will allow me to eventually get my life back on track, and to gain employment, having not worked for many years due to the depression. Recently, I have moved into a Housing Association flat as well. It is thanks to Borderline that I can finally see myself with what I hope will be an optimistic future.