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With a history of alcohol abuse and poor mental health, Mick’s life tells a similar story to that of many of Melbourne’s disadvantaged community.

With a history of alcohol abuse and poor mental health, Mick’s life tells a similar story to that of many of Melbourne’s disadvantaged community.

The only son born to migrant parents, Mick has had a twenty year history of alcohol dependency, anxiety issues and schizophrenia. Although Mick has successfully completed a BA, his experience with alcohol and his poor mental health has made it difficult to hold down a steady job and keep his life on track.

Mick was drinking on average two bottles of wine a day and when he experienced high levels of stress or increased anxiety, this could often increase to four litres a day.

This level of consumption has had a negative impact on Mick’s mental health and quality of life. It has at times resulted in violent behaviour towards his family and ultimately led to Mick experiencing legal issues as a consequence.

Mick was referred to YNOT and, by harnessing his own skills and through the support of his worker, was able to identify his drinking patterns and the triggers that had led to binges in the past.

Throughout this process, Mick has developed and learnt strategies to deal with stress and anxiety which has led to a reduction in his alcohol consumption and improved family relationships.

Mick continues to work towards a healthier and positive future and has even signed up to post graduate studies proving that with the right support, anything is possible.

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