Sophie was forced to leave home at the age of just 16 years old as a result of a family breakdown. Her mental health issues were beginning to have a negative impact on her younger siblings as she was suffering from severe depression. Sophie was twice detained under the mental health act for attempting to commit suicide and was self-harming on an almost daily basis.
After being admitted to our Young People’s services, at first Sophie found it incredibly difficult to accept support. As her issues with self-esteem and mood changes continued, Sophie reached her lowest point when she had to be talked down from a multi-storey car park by one of our members of staff. Following on from this planned attempt at taking her own life, Sophie then began to turn things around.
She began by working with our staff on her mental health needs and alongside receiving therapy, Sophie also wanted to focus on her college studies with the aim of securing a place at University.
After spending months and months studying for her A-levels and many a key working session spent revising, testing and doing mock exams, Sophie received two unconditional university offers.
When results day came around, Alabaré staff had the privilege of accompanying Sophie on the exciting and nerve-racking experience of collecting her exam results from college. She had been hoping to achieve the three C grades she needed to go to university but Sophie surpassed all expectations to obtain B, A and A*. Her hard-work had paid off and meant that she was able to head off to university to study a degree in Psychology.
“I lived in Alabaré supported accommodation for 14 months and it changed my life for the better. Staff managed to get me from a really low place to a position where I was able to exceed all expectations in my college exams and go to university. I can't thank Alabaré enough, and a big thank you to all the staff for the kindness, support and guidance.”