Mary: From Homelessness to Helping Others

City of New York

After years of homelessness, Mary had finally gotten into stable housing but was suffering from major depression and post traumatic stress disorder. Through Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Treatment (IPRT), Mary began to work on the issues that had contributed to her illness: extensive trauma and abuse in her past, extreme isolation and toxic family relationships, and very low self esteem. Treatment helped Mary look at her relationships through a new lens, and she learned to hang on to what worked and create distance from what was hurtful.

She developed healthy boundaries, and became more assertive. With the support of IPRT and Real Recovery, Mary applied for VESID training and has become a Peer Specialist in conflict resolution, counseling and experience lobbying Albany. Mary is now doing an internship at a nonprofit mental health facility.

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