Shaun can...

NAME: Shaun

FROM: Middlesbrough

ABOUT: Addiction Recovery | Mental Health - Schizophrenia

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MY #BOROMANCAN STORY:

“I knew there was something wrong, but I preferred the stigma of bad, rather than mad”

Shaun developed mental health problems that unrecognised in early life in his twenties when the stigma around Mental Health was much greater than today. He found himself in and out of trouble with the law, and was dabbling with drink and substances early on to ‘unknowingly’ cope with a range of symptoms common with schizophrenia including hearing voices and paranoia. At the time, he thought everyone experienced these things. Over a period of 30 years, Shaun has received a whole range of complex support therapies, often group therapy to sit alongside others who have had similar experiences.

 “I think there is a lot of undiagnosed mental health in prisons and perhaps for a lot of prisoners, their life choice have been a result of the mental health issues”.

After volunteering at a local charity for nearly 2 years, he went to college to study English, Catering and Hospitality and kept looking for jobs. Shaun took an opportunity to apply for his ideal job in May 2017 and now proudly works in catering for a community cafe.

For Shaun, recovery from schizophrenia included well managed medication, good therapy, keeping on learning,  , volunteering experiences, connecting with people and a good work routine. “You need to be aware of all the different things that you do and understand and appreciate how they work together”. Shaun hopes to use his own experiences to help prevent more men falling down the same traps in life. “The earlier you get diagnosed, the better the treatment, and the less harm is done. I want someone to look at me and realise that recovery is possible with only the smallest amount of motivation. Shaun also talks about his diet and how it is part of his physical recovery as part of his illness. He has lost 5 stone in weight in the last 12 months through healthy eating and is doing more exercise now as well.

 

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