“They are like my second family.” | Ray’s Story Grainger House

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We love to share resident’s stories – hearing and reading about lived experiences helps to keep the conversation about mental health open which we believe is very important. Mental health is still surrounded by stigma but keeping the conversations open can help work to combat this. 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem each year, so this is vital.

By sharing these experiences, we hope to help others who are going through similar experiences, and perhaps help someone access the support they need.

One of our residents, Ray, from Grainger House in Birmingham has shared with us what his experience has been like since he arrived at Grainger House just over a year ago.

“They are like my second family.” | Ray’s Story

“My name is Ray and I arrived at Grainger House just over fourteen months ago. When I first came to Grainger House I was in a bad state mentally and emotionally. Truthfully, I did not want to live any longer. Then the staff started making me feel welcome and started to take care of my wellbeing and I am now feeling 100% better thanks to them. Now they are like my second family. I feel very close to all the staff and I love every one of them, for making me able to face life again. It will be a sad day when I leave, but life must carry on.”

Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

Grainger House is situated in Birmingham in the Midlands, and is an enhanced 24/7 supported living service for people living with a mental health diagnosis, mild learning disabilities or autism. Find out more about Grainger House here.

You can also gain a further insight into what life is like at Grainger House!

If you’re interested in reading more of our resident’s stories, you can find them here.


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