For almost two years I supported my husband as he recovered from a severe mental breakdown which peaked in a psychotic episode. The long periods of shifting moods and depression were tough to deal with even with the support of friends, and at times I wasn’t able to work as I often had to be present to ensure his safety at a number of dark moments. The very lowest point came on the eve of my 30th birthday that I spent in Accident and Emergency as his delusions had taken over and he posed an extreme risk to himself and others. Thankfully we were signposted to people who could help, but it all came at a cost, from outgoings on medications to lost work for both of us at certain points.
We have spent the longest time trying to maintain therapy costs and keep up with rent on a single wage.
We are finally at a point where he is well enough to return to work and although I’m immensely proud of how far he has come, the effect on our finances has been severe. We are at a point where we will struggle to make rent over the next few months as we wait for his first pay cheque. In the New Year I have tax bills coming that I haven’t been able to prepare for because of our situation over the last few years but I know that if we can just make the next few months rent of £600 for our one room apartment, we’ll be back in a position to be self sufficient and begin to make sound financial plans going forward.
His health and happiness is so important to me, and I’m desperate to keep him positive as he makes a huge step in returning to work and a better relationship with his family and friends. Any help would go a long way in getting us back to the point where we are looking after ourselves again, and therefore able to get back to social and community projects where we first met, and hopefully put us back in a place to pay it forward.