Time Out For Men Group - Case Study
Charles was referred to the Wellspring on 12/11/2013 and had his first appointment on 21/11/13. His initial main issue affecting his depression and anxiety was that he was living in shared accommodation and found it difficult to eat properly due to poor facilities and also suffering from diabetes. He has also had a history of drugs, particularly heroin for 39 years and alcohol. His PHQ was 18 and GAD -17.
From the outset we managed to get Charles registered with Bristol HomeChoice and discussed sheltered accommodation such as Brunel Care. Just before Christmas Charles attended the Time Out 4 Men Group at the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre in which 12 men shared a Christmas meal.
After Christmas Charles came to the group every Tuesday and discussed his situation with members of the group. One member pointed out that a couple of flats in Barton Hill were advertised in the Evening Post. Charles went straight from the group to check it out and met the warden, who directed him to the main office. He to-ed and fro-ed from Bristol City Council and Brunel Care and was eventually given a tenancy with Brunel Care.
In the past few weeks members of the group have helped him by donating a fridge and tables and also offered to help him move in. He has also started to volunteer with Bristol Drugs Project, Barton Hill Settlement lunch club as well as applying to attend The Kitchen On Prescription Course at the Wellspring. He is also attending the Wednesday and Sunday drop-in run at St Luke’s by another member of the Men’s group which he regularly attends.
At the final session his PHQ was 3 and GAD -3
Charles really feels that he has been given a second chance in life and has found a good balance to his life thanks to the Time Out for Men Group at the Wellspring.