Finding Light in the Shadows: A Father’s Journey Through Mental Health and Rediscovery


At 32, life threw me a curveball. As a father of two beautiful young girls and having moved down south to be closer to my partner’s family, I embarked on a journey of self-employment as a domestic energy assessor—a first for me. However, what seemed like a fresh start soon unravelled as I faced the realities of my mental health struggles, underpinned by a lack of motivation and organizational skills. This blog shares my story, the trials, the discoveries, and how I found solace in an unexpected place.

The Challenge of New Beginnings

Two years ago, my family and I took a significant step to relocate for a better support network. Transitioning into self-employment, I quickly realized the steep learning curve ahead. The freedom of self-employment came with its own set of challenges, notably my struggle with motivation and organization. These difficulties weren’t just roadblocks to professional success; they were signs of underlying mental health issues that I had yet to confront.

Confronting Mental Health

As my mental health began to affect every aspect of my life, from work to family, I knew it was time to seek help. After enduring these challenges, I was referred for ADHD and Autism assessments under the Right To Choose scheme. Awaiting these assessments, my family and I found ourselves in a precarious financial situation, exacerbated by my inability to work and my partner’s maternity leave coming to an end.

A Glimmer of Hope: Prescription Cannabis

In the midst of financial and emotional turmoil, I discovered a lifeline in the form of prescription cannabis, prescribed privately. Despite the controversy surrounding cannabis, it became the key to unlocking a version of myself I thought was lost. With each use, I found clarity, motivation, and a profound sense of peace, allowing me to be a better version of myself for my family.

The Impact of Prescription Cannabis

My experience with prescription cannabis over the past year has been transformative. It has not only improved my mental health but has also allowed me to explore my capabilities and limitations in a new light. This journey of self-discovery and healing has been instrumental in managing my symptoms and enhancing my quality of life.

Facing Eviction: A Test of Resilience

Despite the positive changes, life had another hurdle in store. With our finances drained and priorities shifted towards maintaining my mental health, we faced eviction. The threat of homelessness loomed over us, a daunting prospect for any family. Yet, this challenge forced me to reassess my capacity for work and to take on more responsibilities, albeit with uncertainty about my capabilities.

The Path Forward

As we navigate through these trying times, awaiting support from local councils and exploring every possible avenue for assistance, I remain hopeful. My belief in the benefits of prescription cannabis and its impact on my life is unwavering. Conducting clinical trials and studies on this promising plant is essential to ensure its availability through the NHS, thereby alleviating the financial strain on families like mine. This journey, though fraught with challenges, has taught me the importance of resilience, hope, and the pursuit of alternative paths to well-being.


Sharing my story is not just about recounting the struggles my family and I have faced; it’s about highlighting the potential for change, the possibility of finding light in the darkest of times. To those facing similar battles, know that there is hope, and sometimes, the solution comes from the most unexpected places. My journey with mental health and prescription cannabis is a testament to the power of alternative treatments and the importance of advocating for one’s health and well-being.

My story aims to resonate with individuals facing similar challenges, providing a sense of community and hope. 

Oliver Bancroft 

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