I am a 17 year old Lithuanian girl, who has lived in England for 9 years with my parents, older sister and younger brother. I was in the middle of studying for my GCSE’s, in my final year of secondary school when I was referred by my school teacher for support. I had witnessed a traumatic event in the summer of 2018, I had been experiencing flashbacks and was finding it very difficult to manage in all aspects of my life.
Last year in August 2018, during the summer holidays, I was in town with some friends. I witnessed two males arguing. They were approached by another two males who began shouting at and becoming aggressive towards the original two. All four males started fighting. One of them pulled out a knife and slashed another across his stomach. I witnessed the whole incident. I helped the victim to contact an ambulance and the police. I stayed with the victim until help came, I gave a statement to the police and was requested to be a witness in court.
I kept thinking about the stabbing and continued to have flashbacks. I struggled to manage my thoughts and feelings and found it difficult leaving the house. I worried about who was around and if I was being followed. I lost all of my confidence.
Stacey attended court with me and supported me to give evidence in court on two separate occasions. Both males involved in the stabbing were sentenced to 10 years and 20 months imprisonment. Post court case, Stacey also supported the victim and I to meet. We talked through the stabbing, the court case and shared strategies used to help ourselves work through it. The victim and I exchanged contact details and discussed keeping in touch to support each other in the future.
The support from Stacey has helped me so much, I was never really confident, did not want to talk to anyone about what I went through but Stacey has got me through that. She helped me gain more self-esteem and helped me get my head in the right place. I am very happy that I got to meet Stacey and I appreciate everything she has done for me a lot. I am still working with my mental health, I am doing so much better after we have worked on it and found out what the problem was. I am doing a lot better, it’s helped me work better at College and I even have a new job now, I would never have gone out of my house a year ago when I met Stacey.