Tim's story

Tim, 48, began experiencing mental health problems as a teenager. He suffered anxiety and depression, leading to extreme agitation and challenging behaviour.

Following years of placements, he was finally taken into custody following a violent outburst and detained in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit where his medication was stabilised.

On arrival at Exemplar Health Care Tim required encouragement to maintain his personal hygiene and to develop regular sleeping patterns. Counselling sessions with mental health nurses helped to maintain his motivation and mood.

Over time, and with patient intervention, counselling, and therapy, Tim’s independence and confidence increased and he was able make trips outside of the home, attend a computing and maths course, and set himself a walking and swimming regime.

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