Homeless and Hopeless

Back in February, I ended up homeless after having a falling out with a friend I used to live with. I’ve experienced nights on the street before, and it’s not the safest place to be, specially with the tempratures dropping.

Once I found emergency accomodation I couldn’t settle properly. After having the label “homeless” following me about, I never saw hope, and I never saw my future improving.

My depression became its worst. It was dragging me beneath the surface and I ended up drowning in my own thoughts. There wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t think of commuting suicide.

From the 3/4 months I was at this emergency accomodation, I must have attempted suicide three times, and planned a lot more but was taken to hospital after friends became worried and had called emergency services every time I had gave them a hint I was going to attempt.

Being homeless gives you the sense that nothing can ever become better. That your life has ended there and then, and although you’re still breathing you feel like you’ve died inside.

It was one of the most difficult times in my life, and I’ve slowly been able to build myself up again. I’ve become more involved in charity work, found a job, and have my own place which I’m currently working on doing up.

Being homeless puts people more at risk of suicide. Their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing would be so low that they may not be able to find the energy to carry on. Having mental health related issues would also increase the risk of a person not seeing a way out. With no secure accomodation, it would feel more isolating and scarier for a person to feel safer.

If you’re at risk of becoming homeless there are people that can help you.

Shelter Centrepoint Crisis

Don’t suffer in silence. Things do get better.


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