Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: September 2018

by Donna Clark RN, Director

She comes to the office each time we open. Sometimes it’s for only a few minutes and sometimes it’s for the full four hours we are open but, she is a regular with us. Skinny as a rail and talking a mile an hour she knows everyone, everything about them and seems to know all the answers to all the questions. She remains living in a tent in a camp with several other people in the Salisbury area and periodically goes through tough times when she has alienated everyone in the camp.

She appears to be bipolar but when we talk about getting help she finds many reasons to not seek mental healthcare. When she is here at the office and mentally stable she helps with the other clients, can be found cleaning the bathroom, or just generally helping wherever she can. A smart woman, she has had some education beyond high school, but her self-image is so bad she can’t see that she has any value. Self-treating with alcohol she sometimes is incoherent and difficult to deal with but we love her. We will continue to love her and be here for her so when she decides to seek mental health care we can help her. Please keep this woman in your prayers.

John 10:11-16