My name’s Samuel and I live in London with my wife and children. I have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, anxiety disorder and OCD, and was sent along to MiHomecare after a long stay in hospital two years ago. Whenever I had to go out I got very anxious and, quite honestly, I didn’t think anyone could help me so I shut out any support that was offered to me.
How did MiHomecare help me?
I was given a support worker called Miguel and he motivated me to venture outside more, little by little, though it took me quite a while to trust him. We set targets together and it was good to be able to tick them off when I’d achieved them.
Miguel keeps in touch with my Mental Health Coordinator and makes sure I attend blood tests which check on my antipsychotic medication. I know that if things are getting bad for me again, like if I have panic attacks or hallucinations, that Miguel will notice and spring into action and inform the right professionals, to prevent matters from getting even worse.
What difference has it made in my life?
First, I haven’t had to go back into hospital at all, and now, I’m confident enough to be able to visit the temple, and volunteer at a garden centre. I join in with family life much more, like going on picnics in at the local park – and I even read out a speech at my father’s 60th birthday party, which Miguel helped me to write.
One thing that really bothered me was that the medication I was on had made me gain so much weight. With Miguel’s help, I’ve become super-active, going to the swimming pool and local gym, and even jogging regularly.
The best bit is that I’ve just been on holiday with my wife for the first time in many years.
"Miguel motivated me to venture outside more, we set targets together and it's good to be able to tick them off when I achieve them."Samuel