The Family’s Perspective
“It still feels a little surreal really and its been a bit of a blur with everything that’s happened in a short amount of time. Its really encouraging knowing that support is out there in such a way that it can build confidence in a way that is has in Riley.”
We are so proud of what Riley has achieved, this didn’t look possible a year or so ago as his confidence was low and he didn’t really like letting people know about his diagnosis.
He then had the confidence to talk in front of hundreds of people on the saints foundation charity night and be filmed for videos to go public.
Riley has had some great support within Woodlands, in the early years before his diagnoses Riley had Mr Crowe that he could confide in at anytime just to let out his frustrations, Mr Crowe knew that Riley was having a few problems and would be help in anyway possible.
When Riley got to year 9/10 Mrs Lowth (his school mum) supported him and if Riley didn’t have her support I’m sure he wouldn’t be the confident lad he is today. Mrs Lowth helped us with getting Riley’s diagnosed and pointed us in the direction of CAMHs, without this level of support that she has given to us over the last couple of years Riley wouldn’t be where he is today looking at a bright future.
Steve and the Saints Foundation saw potential in Riley and helped him to come out of his shell not only at kicks but also in his classes. The continued support from all has been fantastic.
All of the support has made Riley realise he’s not alone when it comes to his mental health and wellbeing.”