Simon

I help people with multiple and complex needs get the support they need.

I am 46 years old with a 20 year old son, and I have always worked until 2 years ago when my mental state deteriorated resulting in a suicide attempt.

I made a choice to leave my marriage and stop working, to try and save myself.

Since that time, I have tried to understand my disorder and to move forward with help from local services.

I have started to volunteer for a group called Expert Citizens who help people with multiple and complex needs to get the support they need. We also work to minimise the stigma that people with multiple and complex needs get from wider society.

I hope by being involved in Real Benefits Street, people who access benefits and have complex and multiple needs, can feel less stigmatised by people and society and help to increase awareness and create change. Real Benefits Street is different because it shows people from different areas and backgrounds in an uncut, honest manner, whereas Channel 4’s Benefits Street appears to show people in a way that is possibly unfair and is not the reality for people in need of support.

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I help people with multiple and complex needs get the support they need.

I am 46 years old with a 20 year old son, and I have always worked until 2 years ago when my mental state deteriorated resulting in a suicide attempt.

I made a choice to leave my marriage and stop working, to try and save myself.

Since that time, I have tried to understand my disorder and to move forward with help from local services.

I have started to volunteer for a group called Expert Citizens who help people with multiple and complex needs to get the support they need. We also work to minimise the stigma that people with multiple and complex needs get from wider society.

I hope by being involved in Real Benefits Street, people who access benefits and have complex and multiple needs, can feel less stigmatised by people and society and help to increase awareness and create change. Real Benefits Street is different because it shows people from different areas and backgrounds in an uncut, honest manner, whereas Channel 4’s Benefits Street appears to show people in a way that is possibly unfair and is not the reality for people in need of support.

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“I support the Real Benefits Street project because it shows that most people in receipt of benefits are genuine and in need of help”