Jason, a 27 year old resident at Hightown's temporary accommodation scheme in Hatfield, received the help he needed, which lead him to help others.
Senior support worker Tracie tells us his story.
Jason was on a holiday with friends in Croatia when a balcony collapsed leaving him with a serious brain injury and broken bones, which left him needing surgery. It was also the start of his mental health problems, which includes depression.
At the start of 2020, after some difficulties in his home life, he needed support in finding housing and through the council was referred to our temporary accommodation in Hatfield. When I met with Jason I could see that we could help him and he moved into the service. He's now been living at our service in Hatfield for four months. Jason has been very happy with the support he has received and liked being introduced to his neighbours when he moved in as it helped him settle in.
During lockdown, Jason has mentioned how important it has been to have regular phone calls with myself and the support team. He knows the support is always there and we are only a phone call away if he needs to speak to us.
We have been impressed with the way Jason has become a bit of a star on Instagram, after he posted a very honest video documenting his journey with his mental health and how he eventually got the help he needed.
The video went viral and he receives a lot of messages from other people, particularly young men, who have been struggling. Jason tries to reply to all of them and offers support and tells them which organisations may be able to help.
He's also influenced one of his friends, to open up about his mental health struggles. He then went onto record a song where he raps about his mental health struggles and Jason appears in the video.
The track was popular and got an impressive number of downloads and reached #1 on the amazon music chart and #3 on Apple music. They donated some of the profits from the track to a mental health charity.