Kris Giardino speaks on the phone with a friend from the Spirit Crossing Clubhouse at her apartment in Fort Collins on Sunday, August 9, 2009. While being able to reach out to members of the Clubhouse in times of need, in turn, members reach out to her when they need someone to talk to.
Giardino suffers from anoriexia, depression and bipolar disorder. By feeling welcome and appreciated at the Clubhouse, Giardino has seen a turn in her life. There are still days of isolation when her depression or bipolar disorder overcomes her, making it even harder for her to reach out to others.
"(I'm) trying to get together with friends to make sure I don't isolate and get depressed," said Giardino. "I learned that it's okay to accept help, that I'm not alone, and that I don't have to be alone."