One of our former Young People, Jessie, wrote a poem entitled 'I'm just like you'. She came into our care when she was 15-years-old, after fleeing a dysfunctional family home. At first, she struggled with severe clinical depression, anxiety, and self-harming behaviour. It took many months for her to feel safe, initially feeling unsafe and combative in a new environment.
Over time, Jessie shared her history of trauma with her Carer, Pam and they eventually formed a close bond. It wasn't an easy road, and was forged through little gestures like a friendly chat or a warm cup of tea. This was the first adult Jessie had been able to trust.
Jessie enrolled (and completed) a creative writing course, where she wrote the poem that's on the pack of cards that we're sharing with you today. With Lighthouse's support Jessie was able to create a life she loved and always wanted, one free from violence and filled with happiness.... a life we all deserve the opportunity to have.