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Jerome

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I’m Jerome

I’ve suffered from mental health issues all my life.  I was abandoned by my father and molested when I was a child.  At 14 I started getting high to deal with my trauma and PTSD, and tried rehab many times. I also ended up in and out of “mental institutions.”  Nothing worked.  I couldn’t find my way out and I didn’t feel like anyone cared. I heard of BCRI from others when I’d go to NA once in a while but I never paid much attention. 

 

But somehow one day when I was using downtown a BCRI team happened to be right where I was.  They came up to me and offered to help.  I didn’t listen at first but one man in particular was so caring and compassionate.  I accepted his help and went to BCRI for residential care.  Their peer support specialists on the unit can really relate because they’ve been where I am, they know what I’m dealing with.  I feel like I had a spiritual awakening because of BCRI.  Spending time there let me know that I am somebody, that I am worth something.  BCRI gave me a second chance. Now my goal is to get straight and stay straight to help other people just like me.

 

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