Eight years ago I was suffering severe mental health problems which were compounded by Asperger’s Syndrome and mild ADHD, as a result I couldn’t manage my benefit money properly as I was far away from a good place mentally. Working with Independent Advocacy as my appointee I slowly began to regain control of my life. Two years ago I conquered depression, then towards the end of last year, I felt that I had got back sufficient control to start to look after my own finances. Independent Advocacy supported me in this decision and I am now almost financially independent and my appointee service has been diminished to an advisory support role. Last year I was well enough to run the London Marathon and this year I am looking for employment. I would like to thank Independent Advocacy for all their support in helping get my life back on track.