Anthony Steen is a 33 year old man from West Bromwich, who has been dealing with physical and mental health problems, which affect his day to day routine. Managing his health every day meant he was unable to get a job.
However, since gaining help and support from family, friends and professionals he has successfully gained employment and is positive about the future.
‘It was very difficult to accept that I had a problem, I didn’t want to take any medication or to give up my lifestyle, but things had to change. I wanted to lead a normal life just like everyone else, being able to find employment and work towards a goal’.
With help and guidance from his CPN (Community Psychiatric Nurse), Anthony is carrying out voluntary work with the Trust for Unique People (UP) which is a service user organisation. His role within the Trust enables him to work closely with other service users, conducting questionnaires and interacting with people face to face, which in return has increased his confidence.
‘I am working closer to achieving my goal; this was only possible with the support of friends and family, most importantly my mother who is my biggest inspiration. She has helped me every small step of the way to my journey of employment’.
Anthony recently told his story to members and friends of the Trust at the Play Fair Event. Speaking from the heart, Anthony told of his journey overcoming obstacles to the positive situation he finds himself in today. It was an inspiring talk, confidently presented with lots of cheek and humour by the man himself and it greatly affected everyone present. Anthony’s mum was present to witness her son’s proud achievements. We wish Anthony all the best for his ongoing journey.