Category Archives: Success Stories

Bradley: The Journey from Homeless to Hopeful

Diagnosed with schizophrenia and having experienced several years of homelessness, Bradley had an arrest record and was unable to hold down a job for more than a few months at a time. Depression haunted him, hallucinations were a part of … Continue reading

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Amika: A Story of Struggle to Success

As a young adult living with schizophrenia, Amika struggled every day to trust others and make social connections, even with her family. The feeling of isolation was crushing. Paranoia was ever-present, which made focusing on school a nearly impossible task. … Continue reading

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Overcoming Stigma – Achieving Success

The National Institute of Mental Health defines schizophrenia as a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not … Continue reading

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Celebrating on Top of the World

It’s never easy being out of work. When a few months stretches into three years, it’s even harder. Add to that hitting 60 years old without a job, feeling hopeless seems understandable. Greg was in that situation. “I had been … Continue reading

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The Quest for a Job

Getting a job and going to work; seems like the normal course of adult life. Unless it isn’t. And it often isn’t for individuals who may have lacked a support system that could set them on the right path. Maybe … Continue reading

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Taking a Stand for Himself

At 20 years old, the world and all its opportunities lie ahead. Unlimited possibilities await – unless that is, you are shackled by deteriorating mental health. Even when you can see interests, the debilitating effects of a mental illness overshadows … Continue reading

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Paul

When Paul was eleven, he spent much of his life in isolation, abused by his step-father.  Upon coming into LifeWorks NW Child Day Treatment, Paul was experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Given his history, Paul’s thoughts … Continue reading

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Jayla

Suffering anger and grief at the loss of contact with her mother Jayla was unable to get through an hour without tears. She picked her skin until it bled. She wore the same set of outgrown clothes or pajamas to school … Continue reading

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Curt

Family Support & Connections – Curt After Curt suffered three strokes, he and his family decided to move out of Georgia, believing the hot weather was contributing to his illness. They took what they could fit in their car and … Continue reading

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Angie

Family Support & Connections – Angie Angie didn’t really celebrate her 30th birthday. Something about being homeless with her children kept her from feeling it was time to celebrate – more a time to just get by. She came to … Continue reading

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