Sarah has been a client at OneEighty for several months, and receives services of housing rental assistance and outpatient counseling. Sarah arrived at OneEighty “very, very distraught, and in a dark place.” She was to the point where she had briefly considered suicide, because she was not aware of other options and she wanted her pain to end. Sarah came to OneEighty as a last-ditch effort, because of her children, who begged her to get better.
Sarah first went to housing, to find some alternative to living with an alcoholic mother and her mother’s boyfriend after her husband had kicked her out of their house with her four older children and a newborn. Sarah had been a stay-at-home mother, and had no financial resources at this point. The housing department noted Sarah’s extreme distress and requested a counselor to provide crisis intervention despite the fact that Sarah had already scheduled an appointment for two weeks in the future. The counselor came immediately. Sarah notes that, “Just talking about it, knowing I wasn’t by myself, and that it [her distress] was normal without being judged” provided great help.
Sarah believes that the “biggest change is that I feel stronger about myself, because I’m able to set those boundaries. And I hope I can continue to feel better and get stronger.”
Sarah has significantly improved from near-suicide to an overall sense of well-being of a 6 or 7 out of a 10-point scale. She continues to work on her thoughts, emotions and memories in counseling. She was recently offered a position at a start-up company, and she now has stable housing.
Sarah says that for anyone considering coming to OneEighty, “I think it’s the best decision you could possibly make. It saved my life.”
(Sarah gave permission for this story to be told anonymously. A release is on file with OneEighty.)