“I was present at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in 2019 when the shooting happened,” says 17-year-old Mario. “It was pretty lonely because I didn’t have an outlet to express how I was feeling. I was isolating, having trouble falling asleep, trouble focusing in school and even understanding myself for what I was feeling.”
Thanks to you, when Mario’s worried parents reached out for help, it was available right here in our community. Mario is feeling happy with his life today and that’s because of you.
After the shooting, Mario found it difficult to be around groups of people, at school or in social settings. He was feeling hopeless, struggling to focus, and having thoughts of suicide.
Your support gave Mario access to psychiatric care and therapy where he finally felt safe to talk about what he witnessed that day and the feelings of nervousness, fear, and anxious moods that persisted.
Thanks to you, Mario went from being lonely and isolated, to generally feeling happy with his life. “I am talking more now,” he says. “I used to hold things in and not tell anyone what I was feeling. I was stuck in a negative cycle.”
You truly changed Mario’s life by giving him a safe space to talk through the trauma he witnessed that day.