I recently found out a friend of mine ( Anaya Who is 80 years of age) mental illness has worsened during the lockdown. She has been self isolating for three months and she lives in a block which doesn’t help. She is constantly bombarded with loud music, alcohol cans everywhere, drugs and now on top of this she is also facing racism from some people in the block as well as the surrounding area. She cries everyday, can not sleep properly and the stress is also making her hair fall out. This elderly lady has always been a joy to be around and has always been independent but it is sad to see her in this condition. The only way I can help her is to help her move out of this building to a secure house where she can have some peace on her own but this takes money for a huge deposit, furniture removal, some new furniture, etc. I have exhausted all other avenues by making complaints on her behalf to her local council, put her on a house swap register and have spoken to the local council about her situation but so far nothing has been done and her condition is worsening by the week. It takes so long for the council to intervene, then you have to keep logs of what is happening, then they have to investigate the matter, I’m afraid that by the time they do all this, she might not be around any longer. She has lost weight and is now under six stone, her health has deteriorated so much that I’m scared for her, she may pass away sooner rather than later.
she just needs her own space away from a lot of people and away from the racism she seems to be facing in her own building. I have been helping her with her shopping, doctors appointments, health checks, etc but I can not help her with gaining funds to move her to a more peaceful place of her own.
please help her gain her sanity, her mental health and most of all claw back her life which, seems to be hanging in the balance at the moment.
i don’t want to sit here and do nothing and find out later down the line that I could of or should of done something for her. I’m sure moving her to her own apartment away from a crowded building will help her regain her confidence and mental well-being.