Jack was constantly missing and people were always looking for him, his life was chaotic, he had no routine and knew that he needed a change. He moved in with us and at first struggled but within a month he was no longer being reported as missing and was happy to stay in.
We talked, Jack joined in activities and figured out what he wanted to do. We worked together for many weeks and eventually Jack learned to trust the staff, and together Jack was then able to identify triggers when he may struggle.
We cooked and went to medical appointments together and were there for emotional support day and night, we also had fun and laughed a lot. It has been over a year since Jack self-harmed, he has worked with other agencies and gained many skills to help him live independently and gain employment. He said the path to independent living is not something most young people have to think about when.