Diagnosis can’t define me | Liverpool Champion

Wed Oct 11, 2017

CASSIDY Anderson, now 23, has come a long way these last 12 months.

She said she was ready to give up but it served as a wake-up call. Today she is studying for a qualification in mental health so she can help others.

Her first encounter with mental health was at age 3. She told the Liverpool Champion her father had undiagnosed schizophrenia and committed suicide. Then her mother became an addict and tried to commit suicide several times.

“I spent my life moving from house to house as a foster child, then couch to couch. I was quite lost with where I wanted to go in my life. I was struggling with my mental health with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Then I came to Liverpool’s Flowerdale Cottage and I found guidance and a sense of belonging. It allowed me to recover,” she said.

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