Trapped in a spiral of self-hatred, it took the shocking deaths of Jack’s best friend, mother and step-father for him to realise he needed to change his life
An unstable childhood had an impact on the mental health of Jack, 21, from Gloucester, and he felt lost and depressed.
"My head felt scrambled, I went into psychiatric care more than once and tried everything I could think of to feel normal, including drugs and self-harm. I stopped eating, I stopped washing. I hated myself. My behaviour nearly blew my family apart."
Despite his inner demons, Jack completed his A Levels and found work, but his poor time keeping and bad habits meant that nothing stuck. Then his best friend died.
"I was devastated by his death. All in the space of a year I lost my step-dad and mum to cancer, and my dog died. My mental health took a massive nose-dive at that point.
Team is a programme that builds the confidence and employability skills of unemployed young people.
"I work as a support worker in a residential home for adults with complex needs and want to keep progressing. I want to learn to drive, buy a car, buy a house, and one day, I’d like to buy my dad a boat. He'd like that."
£23 could get a young person to a day of speed interviews, with support to find themselves a job, ready to change their lives.