5th June 2018

Sam’s Story

Penumbra gave me the confidence to deal with issues better and this has made the relationship with my partner and daughter stronger

My name is Sam and I live with my partner who has a diagnosis of Paranoid schizophrenia. My partner had a psychotic episode 1 year ago, due to this she was referred to the Carseview crisis team and was then allocated a Community Mental Health Nurse a few months because she needed support when she was discharged. I felt like my whole world had been turned upside down and worst of all I was classed as a “carer”. I also had my own issues to deal with and felt I could not cope at times. My dad also had the same diagnosis before he passed away this made me realise what my mum must have gone through with him.

I was not aware of any services which could support me, so when my partner’s Community Mental Health Nurse told me about Penumbra Carers Support Service, I was very keen to find out more and phoned them. Once there I felt it was a service that could support me with any concerns I could have. I met my support worker once a week and together we explored ways to improve my own mental health and wellbeing by completing an I.ROC and using plans such as WRAP. These helped me look at the positive things as I was always focused on the negative. Penumbra also gave me the confidence to deal with issues better and this has made the relationship with my partner and daughter stronger.

I was able to attend the Penumbra Celebrating Recovery event this year and another achievement has been passing my driving test which has increased my independence and self-worth hugely. My key-worker has referred me to a local art group and I look forward to starting that in the near future.

I feel the best bit about my support is that I am able to come and talk about anything without being judged.