Liz's Story

My name is Liz Sharpe. I am 32 and served in the Royal Engineers from 2003-2009, completing a tour of Afghanistan from 2006-2007.

Since leaving the Army I have struggled with PTSD, anxiety and alcohol issues, causing me to get into trouble and lose good friends. Things got really bad, and occasionally they still do, where I think my whole life is crashing down, and my stress and anxiety is so much that I decide to hit the bottle.

I don’t even enjoy drinking; it’s just a way to numb out the negative thoughts and emotions that I have no idea how to cope with.

I reached out to Outside the Wire five years ago and they have been amazing, right from the very first contact. My support worker Justin has helped me through numerous life struggles, continuously being there with weekly meetings, and the odd text to check up on me if he hasn't heard from me.

Sadly I recently separated from my partner and due to financial constraints had to move out from the rented house we shared.

I was sofa surfing with friends or sleeping in a caravan.

I discussed my housing situation with Justin and he was able to contact ‘STOLL’ an organisation that supports homeless Veterans. With Justin’s help we completed the necessary application paperwork and submitted it. The application was successful and now I am waiting for an address from the council.

I feel better knowing that I will no longer have to worry about having no fixed abode and that I will soon be in my own place.

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