As a young person Meg Lewis experienced a traumatic childhood. She spent many years in and out of hospital, ending with a lengthy, four-and-a-half-year stay at a specialist mental health unit.
Now, following support from Shared Lives, which included a 17 month arrangement living with her carer, Meg lives independently.
Her story is inspirational and heart-warming, while also providing clear evidence that a joined-up, personalised approach to health and social care will deliver positive outcomes.
Meg is now a prolific speaker and campaigner for mental health. In this blog she talks about discovering her voice to help deal with her past.