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23 HEALTH Clarence Nicholson and April DeSelms talk about options for meals within a $25 budget for meals. V oices whispered to Clarence Nichol- son for him to end his life. He lis- tened. "The voices were telling me to do this and to do that," he said. "I was staying depressed all of the time, because (of) the death of a loved one and all that stuff." Clarence had to end the verbal abuse in his head once and for all. Instead of picking up a gun or finding another way to kill himself, the 25-year-old went to a doctor who diag- nosed Clarence with schizophrenia and pre- scribed him medication. But the voices started screaming. He picked up a bottle of liquor. The voices softened. Soon enough, he discovered crack cocaine and heroin terminated them — or so he thought. "I thought there was a way out of it," he said. Clarence said he placed his faith in God after he attended a church serv- ice, and he said he has been clean for 14 years. The voices vanished as well. "I put my faith in the Lord," he said. "They said the Lord will help you if you ask him, so I put my trust in him. I told him, 'if you take it away from me, I'll never go back to it.'" Tragedy, however, struck again when his wife, Carolyn Nicholson, passed away almost five years ago. Clarence said he fell back into depression, and he no longer had a ride to a mental health provider where he received medication. His health also dwindled, and his previous provider referred him to Waynesboro Family Clinic, P.A., for outpa- tient treatment. Clarence Nicholson struggled with depression and schizophrenia, but with the help of Waynesboro Family Clinic's Assertive Community Treatment Team he learned coping and everyday skills that help him live a full life. April DeSelms and Clarence Nicholson discuss which type of chicken would be best value for his fixed income. See ACTT, Page 28 ACTT: Skills to cope Health care for those who are in need: WATCH provides health care services to those who are uninsured. Through cooperation with various organizations and with county funding the program helps thousands receive health care. WISH celebrates 20 years in Wayne Services can range from primary medical care, education, preventive screenings and mental health care to dental, vision and hearing checks. Students can also receive immunizations and physicals. Story by BRANDON DAVIS Photos by SETH COMBS

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