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John's Story

John, a young gay man from Manchester, fled his homophobic father’s attacks after ‘coming out’ to his parents. He subsequently spent a couple of weeks sleeping in a gay sauna, as it provided warmth during the freezing winter nights, although this made him more vulnerable. He also admitted stealing a ‘cheap bottle of wine’ one day in order to be arrested and spend a night in the security of a police cell. John then met a gay couple who offered him a room in their flat, which he accepted without knowing anything about them. It became evident soon into his stay, that they were controlling and violent. They ‘milked’ John for money, took his benefits off him, pawning some of his possessions and made advances on him when they had been drinking. As a result of this, John was prescribed anti-depressants and sleeping tablets for anxiety and depression, although he was afraid of taking his sleeping tablets for fear of what the men would do to him if he fell asleep.

John contacted AKT stating he was homeless. John had an appointment with the local authority housing for an assessment but during the assessment process he was too upset to complete it. AKT helped him get through the assessment and he was subsequently awarded a ‘duty of care’ by the local authority as a ‘vulnerable adult’ and offered emergency accommodation although he decided to stay at the flat through fear of blackmail.

AKT supported John in making a housing application for his own accommodation, and helped him complete the forms and supported him in attending medical assessments. But having stayed at the flat John’s depression was becoming worse and he disclosed that he was trying to order poison off the internet in order to take his own life. AKT liaised with the mental health Crisis Intervention team and supported him throughout the sessions. At one point John came into the office and emotionally ‘broke down’ stating that he wanted to take his own life and had the poison on him. AKT staff took him to Accident and Emergency so that he could receive appropriate medical attention. A few days later John returned to the office stating that he was now ready to leave the men. The local authority has now rehoused John in supported lodgings until he finds his own flat. Meanwhile AKT have continued to support John practically and emotionally.

John says:

‘The past 6 months have probably been the worst months of my life for various reasons and for me there was no light at the end of the tunnel. That was until I met Glenda and everyone at the AKT. They shaped and guided me towards the light (my goal). The support they provided - emotional and tangible - made life a lot easier while I was trying to get my head around and cope with the situation. Quite simply….without the help from the AKT I don’t think I would still be here to write this now. They’ve supported me through one of the biggest changes of my life.’

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