Kerry had a lot to cope with at home, with sole responsibility falling on her young shoulders for the upbringing of her two siblings.
Consequently, she couldn’t go to school or college when she needed to which affected her education. And when Kerry did attend, she was bullied, which meant that her confidence and self-esteem were low.
This wasn’t helped by the fact that she couldn’t escape and spend time outside of school with her friends as she had to look after her siblings, leaving her feeling like she’d lost her own identity.
Kerry was initially referred to CAMHS young person’s mental health service and now meets regularly with her Doctor to support her depression and manage her medication.
With the help of the Living+ team, Kerry successfully completed a GROW programme (employability course) run by Connexions and is now working with them to find an apprenticeship.