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My Life, My Choice, My Way by Eric Nash

My Life, My Choice, My Way by Eric Nash

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Eric Nash is a Service User and a member of Hear Us (Croydon’s Mental Health User Group). In the account below Eric shares his experience of SDS and working with Nichola (one of the Support Brokers). Uploaded to scribd to embed into www.pathstopersonalisation.org.uk
Eric Nash is a Service User and a member of Hear Us (Croydon’s Mental Health User Group). In the account below Eric shares his experience of SDS and working with Nichola (one of the Support Brokers). Uploaded to scribd to embed into www.pathstopersonalisation.org.uk

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COULD SELF DIRECTED
SUPPORT
HELP YOU LIVETHE LIFE YOU WANT TO LEAD?
Are you fed up with 'Professionals' deciding what supportyou need?
Would you like to be more in control over the way you liveyour life?
Do you believe that EVERYONE is entitled to make choicesabout their own life?
If any of the above rings true for you, then maybe Self Directed Supportcould be a way forward…….
What is Self Directed Support (SDS)?
Self Directed Support aims to help people stay independent, safe and well. Itis a new way for you to get the support you need to get on with your life. Itgives people more choice over the way they live their lives.For more information about Self Directed Support visit: www.in-control.org.ukand the Croydon Website: www.croydon.gov.uk
The Croydon Independent Support Brokerage Service
(a partnershipbetween Croydon Council and a consortium of voluntaryorganisations) works with service users who qualify for SDS (seebelow to find out if you could qualify for SDS) to find out about their individual hopes and dreams and support the person to come upwith a plan for spending and managing their money (a budgetawarded to the service user by social services).
Eric Nash is a Service User and a member of Hear Us (Croydon’s Mental Health User Group). In theaccount below Eric shares his experience of SDSand working with Nichola (one of the SupportBrokers)
“My Personal Experience of using the CroydonSupport Brokers (CISBS) to get the support I feel
need,
my 
way”.
 
 
2. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
The Care Manager at Purley Resource Centre (CMHT) and my CPN (carecoordinator) - talked to me about it.My team find it difficult to get the right kind of care for me; they thought that if Iwas able to have more input and 'buy' in my own care package, it could havea more lasting effect than treatment that involves being TOLD what to do.I have been with the mental health services since the age of 15 and I am now44 years old. I have always been told my issues and problems stem from thepast (childhood) and I can’t get closure to them. I have used all the traditionalmethods: hospital admissions, psychiatrists, CMHT’s, medication (lots of medication!), all of which have helped to a degree, but none of which havereally been targeted at me, or taken account of my full needs (as a person,not just a mental health diagnosis) TILL NOW.They (the Mental Health Professionals) don’t really know what to diagnoseme with. I’ve been through many different ‘cocktails’ of medication,depending on which ‘diagnosis’ I have been given at that time. I am now asconfused as anyone! These days when I turn up to see my psychiatrist, it’slike“So, what is my diagnosis today doc?!!!”I felt so alone in my own space and was really fed up. I’d spent so manyyears battling my demons with the support of traditional services, (they help toa degree, but don/t get to the nitty gritty; i.e. they just help to keep me afloat;although psychotherapy was extremely useful in helping me to deal withsome of my issues).Then I heard about Self Directed Support (SDS) and thought
This could probably be one of the only chances I have of reaching 45! 
1. How did you hear about Self Directed Support?

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