Mary’s Story

This is Mary's story.

"It has been one year since I have been managing my own support.  I am now renewing my Personal Budget, with the help of VoiceAbility’s London Advocacy for Independence. I am really pleased as I have gone a full year without being admitted to hospital or a mental health crisis centre.

As I was a regular patient at these two places before I started managing my own care, the cost savings to the NHS have been immense – the crisis centre alone costs £1,300 a week.  However, I have had some close calls."