Catholic Charities Video Production | Catholic Charities Video About Mental Illness

Catholic Charities Video Production | Catholic Charities Video About Mental Illness


What is Catholic Charities? Is it a hotel? Is it a law firm? A school? A doctor’s office? A hospital? A restaurant? A vocational
school? Last year Catholic Charities helped more
than 116,000 men women and children. We provided more
than 1800 beds each night and 250 extra beds on the coldest nights
of the year. We serve more than 5.5 million meals. We helped more than forty four hundred
low-income people connect with an attorney. We helped
nearly 14,000 uninsured people to receive medical care from a doctor.
So what is Catholic Charities? It depends on who you ask. My name is Faustino Benzor. I’m 33 years old. Born and raised in DC.
We were poor when we were little. We just never realized it. Because there
was always a lot of love and my parents were always there. My father used to tell me from the age of
maybe six or seven Keep doing good in school so one day you can
take it out of poverty. I had 780 math SAT and I looked pretty good on
paper. I went to Penn State and I really had no
idea what I was doing there. I latched to drinking instantly. We took a
trip to Dominican Republic my family and I couldn’t sleep. And eventually I
started to get psychotic. I would walk in Dominican Republic in the middle of the night you know while it was lightning and to
me you know I was controlling the lightning. I know that I was in a manic episode now. On September 11th 2001 before the
planes crashed I was sitting in in the kitchen at my
house you know looking aimlessly you know into the horizon and
I was catatonic. You know psychiatrist she was
basically like we’ve got to get him to the hospital now. I still sought solutions and drugs and you know I would end up back in the psych ward. And
that experience drove me into like high state of paranoia. I literally thought everybody in the
world was trying to kill me. In 2005 I reached my low point. I ended up relapsing again on the
substance. At that point I was suicidal. I would
bang my head on the concrete floor out of frustration. I saw no hope for the future, for my life. That’s kinda when things started to
change a little bit. This time I was really ready to do but
they’ve been telling me to do for the last you know six years. I got involved more at Anchor. While I
was at Anchor myself and a couple of other consumers
started a support group for other clients. This whole idea of
throwing myself into helping others gave me the most mental health recovery
in the shortest amount of time I had ever seen in my life.
Without Catholic Charities I’d probably be dead. Because Catholic Charities has given so
much to me whenever I’m asked to help I try to be of service and if
the best I’ve got right now sharing my story then you got it.