Deidra Leone knows what it’s like to be really lonely. For years, the 49-year-old felt isolated with her mental wellness condition. But all that changed two years ago when she walked into Prospect House in Sarasota.

The close-knit atmosphere between the clients and staff, along with the programs offered by MHCC, helped her open up about her condition. “It’s allowed me to get some things out that have been stored inside,” she said. “We respect each other, and it’s confidential in our groups so I’ve been able to talk about it for the first time — some things that are deep set — and feel conformable about it, which you would not necessary get somewhere else.”

By sharing her condition with others who have similar experiences, as well as with Prospect House’s staff and volunteers, Deidra said she realizes how important MCHH’s programs and services are to her, and to the community at large. “Mental illness sounds like a label but it really is not, it’s much more than that,” she said. “And the people who are here provide the services that we need.”

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