Simon had been experiencing suicidal thoughts for years. Then, he found Triple Care Farm.
When Simon* came to Triple Care Farm (TCF) at age 19, it was identified that he had co-occurring bipolar disorder and an addiction to alcohol.
His bipolar disorder caused him to experience radical shifts in moods– one week he could be excessively cheerful, the next week he could have a major depressive episode.
School life was painful and he didn’t have any friends. Towards the end of year 9, Simon found it too difficult to cope and dropped out of school. This is when he began to drink heavily.
As he built an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, his depressive episodes became worse and suicidal thoughts intensified.
Simon’s GP referred him to TCF. The counsellor at the farm was able to cover a lot of ground with him, especially in their one-on-one sessions. By the end of the program, Simon had developed critical skills to cope with his alcohol addiction.
“Alcohol made things so much worse. I can see that now.”
Six months after completing the TCF program, Simon reported that he hadn’t had any suicidal thoughts in that period. This is a big step for him.
Thank you for giving young people like Simon a chance at a brighter future.
*Name changed to protect young person's identity