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Posted on Mar 9 2020 by

Jamie’s story: “How I overcame anxiety and depression, and now want to empower others living with autism.”

22-year-old Jamie is on the autism spectrum and suffers from anxiety and emotionally unstable personality disorder. He had a breakdown a few years ago after a reduction in support he received in the community and spent almost six years as an inpatient at St Andrew’s.

“Things deteriorated very quickly when I was in the community,” he explained. 

“I used to do a lot of self-harm, and even tried to end my life. My anxiety affected me so much. There was many days I stayed in bed. I wouldn’t want to talk to people, I would isolate myself, and when I did try and interact with people it would cause a lot of anxiety."

During the almost 6 years he spent at St Andrew’s Jamie was supported by staff and received extensive therapy and undertook a variety of holistic activities which helped with his recovery. He says without that support he wouldn’t be where he is today.

“I want to thank St Andrew’s for transforming and saving my life. I stand by that in every word. As much as it’s been difficult in being sectioned for nearly 6 years now, ultimately I probably wouldn’t even be here today if it wasn’t for that, and I’ve had some excellent support.”

 Jamie is now back living in the community and is equipped with all the coping tools he needs to help manage his anxiety and depression. He hopes to promote greater understanding for people living with autism.