My name is Jaiden, I’m 17 and I’ve grew up in Armadale my whole life. In my spare time I like to play football (when Covid wasn’t about) and watched Rangers play every week.
I’ve always struggled with my mental health from a young age, but things started to become unbearable before the first lockdown, things only got worse from there until I was eventually admitted into the hospital during the second lockdown when things became too much to bear.
Mental health showed up in many different ways, everything became a task, going days without drinking, eating, showering and sleeping. Not talking to anyone for weeks at a time and isolating myself from my friends and family.
During my worst time, it became really unbearable, the only time I’d leave my room was to go to the toilet, and I was slowly giving up and finding no need, at the time it felt like there was nothing to live for anymore that’s when I decided I needed help.
When I joined Street League, I was nervous at the start but then I quickly realised everyone was the same as me and I was no different to everyone else. Euan was my main worker, he always understood when I needed a break for my mental health and needed extra support.
I have done both Street League courses now and I would recommend them to everyone who’s trying to get extra qualifications (and getting paid for it). Since I started Street League I have been doing better, after getting put on the right medication and being given the right support. Street League gave me some purpose and a reason to get up most mornings and gave me something to work towards.