After the Show Notes from Jenna:
Rei Skoczylas - From Homeless to Helping
Rei Skoczyles wasn’t dealt an easy hand in this life. But, as you can hear in our conversation, Rei’s
story isn’t just one of struggle. In fact, that’s not even the most compelling part of their story. In
Rei’s story we see how powerful, in their case, actually life-saving having a sense of belonging can be
When Rei walked into Outside-In they found not just help or “treatment,” they found belonging.
The people at Outside-In didn’t just try to “fix” Rei or solve their problems. They took the time to
listen and showed that they saw Rei as a whole person. Through that connection and common
humanity, Rei was encouraged and supported in going back to school and completing their degree.
Now Rei is back at Outside-In, but this time, as a member of the medical team. They are also on the
organization’s Board, helping make sure that the voices of the youth that Outside-In serves have a
seat at the table, that they belong.
We talk so much about the need for better mental health services in our country. And yes, of course
that is true. But it seems like we’re forgetting something important in that conversation. What do we
mean when we say “mental health services?” If our mental health care is only focused on treating
people as if they were problems to solve or “illnesses” to be cured, then we’ll never make the kind of
life-saving changes we see in Rei’s story. We need to connect with the common humanity in all our
suffering, to see in everyone a whole and complete human, not just a list of symptoms or problems.
That is key if we want to see real success stories like Rei’s.
You can do something today to help make a real difference. As Rei suggested, today, when you see
someone on the street, someone you might be tempted to avoid because you feel some discomfort
(e.g. guilt, sadness, fear, anxiety, helplessness, etc.) when you connect with them, see if you can make
room for that discomfort and actually connect with that person. Look them in the eye, say hello, tell
them you hope they have a good day, or simply smile. That simple act of “I see you” is one very
small thing you can do to help create that sense of belonging. You never know what that sense of
belonging can mean to someone. And, please, consider supporting Outside-In or whatever fantastic
similar resource is (hopefully) in your area in whatever way you can. ... See MoreSee Less
We are only human. But, one of the most extraordinary gifts we have as humans is to use our most difficult challenges to remake ourselves, again and again.
My message is this to people who are suffering: You are never alone. And hidden in this terrible, awful, time is your opportunity for growth. Listen closely. Be curious about your human condition. And never, ever give up.
One day, your story about what you are going through will help someone else survive another day. Because to nurture the loss, to stoke nihilism and defeat is to disrespect this gift—this one challenging and audacious life we’ve been given.
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