Changing Futures Podcast: Episode 1 – Phil’s Story

Birmingham Changing Futures Together’s podcast series launches today!


Birmingham Changing Futures Together has produced a new podcast series highlighting the issues faced by the city’s most vulnerable and advocating for the changes to services needed to help them lead fulfilled lives. 

The series will explore the importance of lived experience when working with people facing homelessness, substance misuse, mental health and re-offending.

Please help us by sharing the podcast series with your friends, family and social media channels .

Phil’s Story – Episode 1

Our first episode features Phil.  He came home from school when he was about 10 years old and found his mother bleeding.  She died that night.  The next day he came home to find his father had committed suicide. 

Probably suffering post traumatic stress, he felt he was supposed to be continually grateful for the kindness of foster parents.  He retreated into books and work.

 Living with chronic, deep depression, Phil maintained this coping strategy for the next 40 years.  It became too much when he was made redundant.  His mental health spiralled, his alcohol dependency grew, and he attempted suicide. 

Today he is an Expert by Experience with Birmingham Changing Futures Together’s.  

Listen here…



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