Discovering Hope and Support

Before coming to The Whole Child, I felt sad, anxious and hopeless. I would cry all the time and was angry at the fact that this was how I was going to be for the rest of my life. As time went by, these feelings just seemed to become worse and I knew I needed to get help before I would do something drastic. One day during the pandemic, I called the LAUSD hotline for mental health services and was able to talk to someone. They asked for my information, where I went to school, and I was ultimately put in contact with someone from The Whole Child.

Starting my mental health journey with The Whole Child has been incredible. The support I received working with my therapist and case manager was so new to me because I have never felt that kind of support in my life when it came to my mental health. The Whole Child never gave up on me and always made me feel like I mattered.

Since receiving services, I have felt a lot happier and more at peace with my life. My therapist taught me how to take charge of my own mental health and to share with others when I am not feeling okay. During my first year of college I wasn’t afraid to tell my professors when I was having a bad week so that I could have extensions for homework and papers.

I am so thankful for The Whole Child for making me feel like a brand new person. I am so happy to wake up and enjoy life and all the surprises it has for me. I’m excited for my future and feel that there are so many opportunities for me to achieve in the world and learn.

Thank you to everyone at The Whole Child for giving me a better quality of life and giving me the tools I need to succeed.

— Yadira, Mental Health Client