The sun doesn’t always shine and life isn’t always full of happiness. It can come on quickly, like a thunderstorm rolling in, darkening my world, slowing my thinking and stifling my will to live. I don’t want to think that I don’t matter, that my family would be better off without me, that the world wouldn’t miss me, but depression makes this my world. At LSS I have a counselor that knows depression, knows me and supports me when I need it. The sliding scale fee allows me to get the help when I need it. My life has been saved; I can see the sun shine again. More importantly, I want to be a mother to my children!
Donna was 29 years old when she was referred to one of LSS’s daytime resource centers. She was homeless and living in her car. Her fiancée had died six months earlier, and she had lost two babies through miscarriages. She returned to her dysfunctional traumatic childhood home to assist her mother in caring for her dying father. Three days after her father died, her mother kicked her out of the house again.
Wellspring was able to connect Donna to a grief support group, Al-Anon, counseling for her childhood sexual abuse, memorial services for those who lost children, housing, budget counseling and classes so she could become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) licensed in Wisconsin. We were able to provide the day-to-day support needed for her to walk her journey.
Today she no longer cuts herself to release stress. She works full time as a CNA and lives in her own apartment. She still comes in for support and to share good news.
- Staff member at a LSS Daytime Resource Center
LSS of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan operates 15 State-Certified Clinics, five community-based “drop in” resource and recovery mental health centers, numerous residential programs serving individuals with mental health and alcohol and chemical dependency issues, including three for crisis stabilization and diversion.
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I don’t want to think that I don’t matter, that my family would be better off without me, that the world wouldn’t miss me; but depression makes this my world.