One of our residents moved on from our services on 4 April, and will be having a leaving party at the end of this week. The gentleman in question came to St Martins from a low secure ward where he had, in his own words, had some very difficult experiences. Through steady application and a great determination to improve his health, wellbeing and life in general, this gentleman made steady progress. He joined advocacy groups. He became a peer support worker, helping others on hospital wards to work towards their safe return to the community. He went to the gym regularly and participated in sport. He designed posters and leaflets. He spoke up on behalf of himself and others, and is now encouraging mental health service users to chair their own CPA or review meetings.
It is very heart-warming to see someone transform their life for the better and become such a positive influence. Congratulations to the staff team that supported his recovery, and thank you to our partners in the NHS and local authority. But most of all congratulations to the man himself.