MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network

​The *ONLY* Mental Health PEER RUN Organization

in Santa Cruz County, California 




Ward Life: Long Term Wards  


by Mael Dinnell




A spoonful of coffee for a dollar


cadging cigarettes


institutional food


and waiting


waiting


waiting


waiting for meds


waiting for doctors


waiting for smoke breaks


for bedtime


for forced groups


most of all


waiting waiting waiting for


a visit from the outside for


someone


​who never comes