When Foundations started working with Bec she had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, was living at home with her parents and had frequent bouts of hospitalisation following severe episodes of self-harm.
Bec was despondent about her future, and during her first session with her Foundations Care Coordinator said that she understood her diagnosis to mean she was “just a horrible person”.
Bec is an extremely intelligent young person with a wide range of interests. When she started the program, she had little confidence she had anything to offer the world. Bec spent her days at home, in her room, knowing she wanted more from life but only seeing looming failure in her future. Bec‘s Foundations Care Coordinator took time building rapport by taking walks through the countryside, progressively engaging her in conversation. Some of the early sessions were largely silent, but Bec slowly opened up and decided she wanted to try university and look for a part-time job.
Bec then started acting, applied for a part-time job and was successful, and applied for a pre-degree program at uni. Bec was successful at that too, and juggled her wellbeing with her studies, achieving a particularly high-grade point average. The year was not an easy one for Bec though (with several difficult episodes in her mental health, and a requested medication change), but she got through it with support from her Foundations Care Coordinator and the Disability Support Office at university.
Bec slowly grew in confidence, and at the end of the Foundations program she could make plans, act on them and adapt when things didn’t quite pan out. Bec was awarded a significant scholarship with accommodation at UTAS, had her diagnosis and medication changed, and was now living happily without MHS support.
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