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Richard’s Story

Richard had spent a lot of time in and out of prison over the last 20 years. Although life outside has been challenging at times, he has now been out of prison for the longest period in years.

Richard was released in February following several drug and alcohol related offences. During his time in prison he made good progress in addressing his erratic behaviour. This stemmed from a childhood trauma – leaving him incredibly anxious, depressed and vulnerable. He also received support for his mental health issues. Following his release it wasn’t until May that he joined the Julian House Prison Resettlement Programme.

Over the past seven months he has engaged with a variety of support networks to improve his mental health and abstain from drugs and alcohol. For example, linking up with First Light, who provide support for people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. Also, Headspace, a drop-in service for people approaching a mental health crisis.

With this support Richard has managed to withdraw completely from his Methadone script and has not relapsed into his alcoholism. Thankfully the stability which Julian House supported accommodation offers, has allowed Richard to move on from a shared property to a one of our flats in Devon. In this way he has proved that he will be capable of independent living when he moves on from our service in a few months.