​​​MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network

1051 Cayuga 831-469-0462

The Only Mental Health Peer-Run Organization

in Santa Cruz, CA

Graciela's Story

It was 2 days before New Year's Eve.

Snowing and freezing.  Ohio.

It was about 10 pm and I began to start freaking out in a hotel lobby where I had wandered upstairs in the stairwell to get warm.  

I was cold, broke and wandering around downtown Chicago.

The police arrived, they were older, conservative and full of hate.

The paramedics arrived.

The female nurses were very kind.

A psychotic break.