At just 14 years of age, Rudy was placed on a psychiatric hold due to suicidal ideation. Through his assessment at Uplift Family Services’ Crisis Stabilization Unit, it was discovered that Rudy was being bullied at school, and was having a hard time making friends. His mother also had concerns with his behavior at home, saying he was withdrawn and occasionally refused to go to school.

After leaving the Crisis Stabilization Unit, he was referred to the Community Transition Services team. At first, Rudy had difficulties utilizing the skills his team was teaching him; however, with consistent coaching, Rudy made quick progress. His Family Specialist and mother also worked together to find a basketball team for Rudy to join, which helped him meet new friends and feel better about himself.

Two years later, Rudy has become a happier child, who now consistently expresses a desire to live and dream!