Story Five

When I met Pause I was an emotional wreck, I didn’t want to be here. I didn’t think I was emotionally strong enough to cope with the pain of losing my children. I could no longer communicate.

I couldn’t face anyone or the world outside of my house. I was so vulnerable, I didn’t think I deserved to be happy.

I thought I would never meet anyone with how emotional and unstable I was. My relationship with my younger children was breaking down, I started to feel less connected to them. I thought I was nothing to them, and they deserve so much better.

I could barely look at myself in the mirror, I couldn’t even smile because I thought I didn’t deserve the privilege to be happy anymore.

Since joining the amazing Pause, my life has changed dramatically. I can imagine my future in a way I could never before. I have learnt so many things about emotions and managing my mental health. The relationship between my children and me is a record breaker and the love we have for each other is incredible.

“Having an Independent Visitor volunteer was the best thing that ever happened to me, and nine years later we’re still going strong. I'd be lost without you guys.”

Care leaver (aged 20)

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