Losing a child can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s mental health. For Izzy, losing her baby was a catalyst for change.
At 15 years old, Izzy left her family home. Her house had a chaotic environment, one where she had suffered years of emotional and physical abuse. There came a point when she’d had enough. Living on the streets, Izzy was isolated. She didn’t have a support network around her and she turned to unhealthy substances as a way of coping. When she was at her most vulnerable, she became pregnant and her child was taken into care.
From the moment Izzy walked through our doors at Homeless Oxfordshire, we worked on her strengths. We found that she had a flair for creative writing, so we encouraged her to start journaling.
* These are the real experiences of one of our residents, but images and names have been changed to protect their identity.
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