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Depaul UK supports over 3,500 young homeless people across the UK every year by providing a wide range of accommodation and support services. We believe that everyone should have a stake in their community and a safe place to call home.
Celani was hospitalised when she was 18 so she could be treated for schizophrenia.
Her mental health worker at the hospital discovered that her family environment was unsafe and was having a negative effect on her mental health. Depaul UK was called and one of our specialist support workers visited Celani in hospital.
At first Celani was very quiet and withdrawn, but gradually she started to trust her Depaul worker and began to speak for the first time about the abuse she had suffered.
When she was discharged from hospital, Celani moved into a local Depaul House, a supported accommodation project which provides a safe place to stay and support for up to two years. At Depaul House Celani started to make friends and really came out of her shell.
Celani gets involved in all social activities that are offered to her, including dance class, cooking and football, and regularly attends a local youth club.
She wants to become a social worker and, after taking part in an employability workshop, started a course in childcare.
Thanks to support from the hospital and Depaul UK, Celani’s life has turned around and she is on the path to a successful future.
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