It will feel like the longest journey but know, you deserve this

There may be times in your life when you feel like the whole world is against you and you struggle with your mental health because of this.

For Ahmed, it was important to be strong and keep positive throughout this time. Here, he shares his Letter of Hope…

Dear Ahmed,

They say ‘bad things come in threes’. You’ve been thinking to yourself ‘what next? How can things get any worse?’ You will find the strength to get through it, stay positive. Your entire world has come crashing down – losing mum and a new-born son, and going through divorce, it’s all happening so fast at times you find it hard to catch your breath.

These will be the most trying times of your life. There will be times that you feel that there is too much to do and can’t take it any longer but hold on – mum, our son and I would never want you to do that. Stay strong and never give up. It may not seem like it now but things will get better…

Just when you feel like you’re pulling yourself out of the darkness, life will hit you again – losing your house and business, depression, breakdown of family ties. You will feel like the whole world is against you, but have hope. Don’t give up fighting. Hold on to your faith in God…

I am in a much better place now. My spiritual strengths and journey at Vipassana Meditation Retreat has given me the respect, understanding and strength of what I live life by today. Webster has played a big part in helping me get my life back together. Encouraging me to leave my house after six months, helping me get a volunteering position and eventually paid work as a support worker, which I have been enjoying for the last five years. Through all this Webster has become a really good friend, his kindness and support means a lot to me. Through all the struggles, fighting and depression you will finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. It will feel like the longest journey but know, you deserve this.

Whenever we both feel like giving up remember, mum and our son are guiding us through this journey and will always be by our side…

Look after yourself and stay positive,

Ahmed