Dear Ms. Ranahan,
Hello, my name is Jorge (George). I received your address from a friend of mine. He told me you help people with mental illness connect with positive people. I'm all alone and suffer with a personality disorder and manic depression. I grew up in the system alone.
I admit I wasn't exactly an angel, but I don't believe I'm a bad person. I'm tired of being alone and now I'm looking for a friend. My condition is getting worse. I'm actually waiting to be transferred to a mental hospital. So if you can help me find a friend I would highly appreciate it. I draw, write poetry and I'm planning to write a book.
Well, thank you very much. If you can help, great. If not, thank you anyway. I'm sorry for the depressing poem. But it's my feelings that guide me. Thank you again for your time.
P.S. Happy Easter.
by Jorge Fajardo
When I was a kid, I was all alone
No love, no care, and without a home.
Foster care, group homes, then juvenile hall,
I lived this life, my head held tall.
I became a man, with no love in sight.
I stayed alone, I was prone to fight.
Prison is now the life I live,
No hope in sight, something's gotta give.
It hurts to wake up, I hate my life.
Living in pain and a bunch of strife.
I still try to keep my head held high.
I'm getting worse and worse, I'm ready to die.
All I want is love but I don't know what it is.
Can someone please show me before I give?
You can write to Jorge at this address. Thank you.
California Mens Colony
State Prison/Cell# 4288
PO Box 8101
San Luis Obispo, CA 93409
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National Shattering Silence Coalition is collecting stories about people with serious mental illness who have encountered the criminal justice system and we will be sharing them for the National Stepping Up Day of Action on May 16th. This year we are showcasing stories that involve the criminal justice system and how it handles those with serious mental illness. By being brave enough to share your personal story or the story of a loved one, you are helping us to shatter the silence! You are encouraged to share pictures or videos of your loved ones with us as well. By telling our stories we shed light into the dark issues those living with serious mental illness face every day in America.
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