Jordan shares her journey to inspire others that recovery is possible
Jordan Hatfield was a patient at Huntercombe Maidenhead in 2017. Here she shares her journey and shows just how far she has come in the last few years. We’re very much looking forward to reading her book!
“I left Huntercombe Maidenhead in July 2017 after spending nine months on Thames ward. The staff were incredible and I learnt a lot from them. They never gave up on me, always did their best to help and had faith in me even when I had none in myself.
As I was approaching my 18th birthday when I was due to leave Huntercombe Maidenhead, I was therefore transferred to an adult unit in my home town of Hull. I spent a further 17 months detained under a section 3, and was discharged from that hospital in October 2018 to supported living accommodation in Hull. The supported living I went to was also amazing, and they worked tirelessly to build up my confidence and living skills. The staff there are also incredible, and never gave up on me either.
In June 2019, I secured a job as a healthcare assistant on a CAMHS unit – something I’d always dreamed of doing, but thought I’d be unable to do due to my history of being in services. Fast forward to now, I am living independently in my own flat, and absolutely adore the job I do. Being able to relate to the young people in my care has been invaluable, and I count my blessings every day for the support I received at the darkest points in my life – which now enables me to support other young people who are in a similar position. There was a time in my life where I couldn’t see myself being alive past the next day, and I am so grateful for all the help I received as a young person in crisis, even if I wasn’t always as grateful for it back then.
One of my greatest passions is writing, it has always provided me with an outlet for my thoughts and feelings. I’ve recently started writing a book about my life, from childhood trauma to the time I spent on inpatient units, to finally feeling like I belong on the earth. Part of the reason I’m writing this is to provide hope to others who feel like there is nothing left for them. If somebody had told me three years ago that I would be in the position I am in now, I would’ve laughed in their face. I strive to be the kind of person I needed when I was younger, and part of my book is reaching out to others and hopefully spreading the message that there is always hope.
If there’s one piece of advice I could give to the young people at Huntercombe, it would be to work as hard as you can to accept the help being offered to you. Whilst the future may seem bleak or non-existent to you right now, I promise you it’s right there waiting for you. There is nothing you can’t achieve – and all the pain you are feeling right now is temporary. I promise you.”