Mental Health Case Study – January 2022

Posted on the 5th January 2022

Nov 2021

Client: Female

Age: 21

Client has a diagnosis of autism, depression, anxiety and self-harming.

In May 2021, I received a referral from the client’s mother asking for some support for her daughter with accessing groups and volunteering as she had very little confidence and self-esteem.

Client had been really struggling with isolation due to Covid19 and had been self-harming due to increased stress.

Client has been under CAMHS and secondary services for a number of years.  During lockdown she had been expressing feelings of low mood was struggling with suicidal ideation and self-harming on a regular basis.

During the initial stages of getting to know my client, she expressed an interest in social groups with people around her own age. Client explained how she finds it hard to socialize and get to know others due to having a diagnosis of autism and anxiety.

In June 2021 client had applied at College to do an access course.

Client explained how she wants to be a Mental Health Nurse and do an access course at college. Client has a passion to work in Mental Health, she is hoping this course will lead to her to be able to go to university to study Mental Health Nursing.

Whilst getting to know my client she showed a keen interest in volunteering, she suggested, maybe in a café or somewhere she could gain experience to go on her CV.

We explored groups and options of volunteering around the local area, together. Client expressed an interest in the Sparc Youth Group as this looked really good.

I sent over a referral to Sparc and booked us in for a look around and a membership sign up.

Whilst at Sparc my client felt very comfortable and signed up to join the youth group and there sessions. Whilst accessing Sparc we discussed the option of volunteering in the Sparc Café to gain some experience.


Client has received wellbeing support and ongoing support to access groups and volunteering.

In September client started the access course at Cheadle College and is really enjoying it.

Client has been engaging well with the Sparc Youth Group and been able to access some of their groups and get to know some of the other people in the group, this has helped with her confidence and self-esteem.

Client has been volunteering in the Sparc Café one day a week and has attended every week. Helping to service customers, make lunches, engage with customers and has fitted in with the team really well.

Client feels in a much better place. Feeling more confident, sleeping better, managing her time better and is really enjoying volunteering.

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