Lance – Hero of the Month

Name: Lance
Age: 16

Hero of the Month Boy

Lance has a very serious, life-long chronic mental illness, one which carries with it a decreased life expectancy. Google Health describes it as: “…a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations.” Despite all the challenges he faces, Lance has been able to overcome many obstacles and move forward successfully in his treatment. When he arrived, he was lethargic, isolated, and socially inappropriate. Over time, he has made most of his treatment by attending group sessions, even when he is bone-tired from his medications and the illness. Now Lance is consistently respectful, willing to help others, and woks very hard on doing what others ask of him. His Chaplain has proudly witnessed him remaining respectful and engaged in group discussions; serving as a role model to his peers. Structure and leisure activities are crucial components of Lance’s life. He will eventually be discharged from to his home and family and it will be important for Lance to have the means to keep himself constructively occupied. Being a HERO will provide him with the much-needed resources instrumental for his physical, mental and recreational well-being in the future.
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