Service user blog: Meet Kyle

My name is Kyle Ward and I’m 29 years of age. Some years ago, I had a bike accident which resulted in me having spinal damage. Already suffering with depression, this made everything worse.

I experienced by depressive episode and felt so low inside, I couldn’t possibly picture a future with my family and friends. I began to self-harm and have thoughts of suicide. All this effected my relationships with family and friends, I didn’t want to socialise with anyone.

I never used to understand the thoughts or feelings I had. My anti-depressant medication was supposed to help me with my low moods, and as the years went by, I started to build up my confidence. I began to chill out and become more laid back again.

I came from Macclesfield Hospital into Scotia Heights, the place I can now call my own home. The staff at Scotia Heights made me welcome, they are friendly, caring and have been helpful to me, especially with my needs.

When I arrived, I was told I could paint my bedroom choose how I wanted it to be – it feels homely. I get to do things I want to do here, I listen to music and have my own CDs and watch films.

Sometimes being depressed can make you helpless, you’re not! Along with therapy, and sometimes medication, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back! Changing your behaviour, your physical activity, lifestyle and even your own way of thinking, are all treatments. Get a routine, eat healthy, exercise and get enough sleep.

My three children are my everything, the memories I have with them is my forever treasure. Exemplar are currently working with me to see how we can make Scotia Heights more suitable for them, and me, when they come to visit. I can’t wait to see what happens – being able to spend more time with them would be great.

Yesterday I dare to struggle, today I dare to win. My goal is to be better than I was yesterday, to improve myself, to enrich my life, I am running my own race. I compete with no one but myself. This is my journey.