I met TP in September when he came to Student Services office looking really upset. I approached him to ask if he was ok. TP broke down in tears. He disclosed that he had been suffering from seizures for a number of years as well as feeling depressed.
He feels that his parents don’t recognise his depression and get him involved in their arguments. I reassured him that I’ll support him as much as possible and over the next few weeks I met him once or at times more than once per week.
TP is a 18 years old young person studying L1 Public Service course. He is a British Citizen or Indian Origin. He has an older sister with whom he is very close. TP had cancer about six years ago and his chemotherapy which has resulted him getting epileptic and non-epileptic fits frequently.
I organised to meet with his mother and father and discussed home environment and how it’s important for them to support him rather than dismissing his medical needs. I also contacted, with their permission, Local Authority for family intervention and support.
TP is under St George’s Hospital and I am in contact with them as part of Team Around Young People meetings. TP has been meeting me weekly basis and we have been working on his confidence and positive outlook in life.
Over the past few months TP has grown in confidence and engaging with not only me but other professionals who are working with him. TP now has an Education Care Plan which helps to co-ordinate his support needs and help him to stay focused.
His mood has changed and as he mentioned in College’s promotional video without the support from his mentor he wouldn’t be able to complete his course. TP will be coming back to college next year to study Sports Science.