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 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


​who never comes