Redding Woman finds housing help after suffering mental health issues
REDDING, Calif. —
Mental health is a growing concern in the U.S and in the Northstate, the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency offers resources to help those in need, including housing for adults.
Shasta County Health and Human Services has designated 19 units in Woodland Apartments, for those who suffer from severe mental health disorders, are homeless or are on the verge of homelessness.
One of the residents, Mary Floro said she suffers from mental health issues, along with other health issues.
Floro said she suffers from ADHD, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.
She said she's lived in the apartments for some time.
"I was homeless. It will be one year that I've been here in May, so before that I was homeless for a year or more," Floro said.
She said she's had a troubled past of domestic abuse, drug addiction, and is now dealing with the recent loss of a few family members.
"I get depressed. I think about all my past... I'd like to say I have a committee up there. A committee in my brain, you know? Like it's the only way I can explain it, like there's people up there telling me 'you're never going to amount to a thing, you're a menace to society,'" Floro said.
She said with medication and a place to live and sleep every night, she doing better than before.
"God... pretty much I prayed for a home like this, you know? We got good managers and inside it's a beautiful home,'" Floro said.
Floro said it all started at a young age for her, and she waited to get the help she needed. Now at 52 years-old, she has a message for those who are are younger.
"Youth, teenagers, adults... I want them to go to counseling, make sure to get into therapy. Don't do like I did, because I felt different already. Because I knew I was different. They feel that they're different that everyone knows and that they don't want to be different. They want to be the same as anyone else,'" Floro said.