Matthew

Matthew is a 51-year-old man, originally from Northern Ireland. Matthew had a difficult childhood. He grew up in extreme poverty, experienced physical and psychological abuse, parental alcohol misuse, and witnessed political violence.

Matthew started drinking at a young age and has been dependent on alcohol for most of his adult life. Matthew struggles to control his emotions. Social interaction is difficult, and often results in outbursts of anger and aggression. He has a substantial history of offending and street homelessness.

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Jennifer

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Jenny is a female in her early 20’s and from a large, well known Southwark family. There is a long history of criminality in the male side of the family and her Mother is a drug user and sex worker. She has a brother and two younger sisters. She was taken into care as a young girl following incidents of neglect and sexual abuse in the home.

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Shane

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Shane lives in South London. He has had many inpatient admissions for mental health breakdowns and previous suicide attempts. Suspected autism and learning difficulties. Shane has also used crack and cannabis in the past.

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Reece

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Reece is a Lewisham client. Late 20’s male who has a history of prolific violent offences and ongoing mental health issues. You First started working with him when the NHS service that had been addressing his mental health had to stop seeing him as he no longer fit their criteria but they were extremely keen for our service to work with him and could not speak more highly about him.

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