“Thanks for staying next to me…”

10175005_731159846955040_4445329970301542740_nSean suffers from severe depression, paranoia, and psychosis. The last few years he has either been in a mental institution or in jail until Skid Row became his home. He is still imprisoned. Tormented inside the invisible walls of his mind.¬†Unable to sleep. He wanders the streets like a zombie. I took him to get something to eat then I sat with him for hours. He was mostly quiet. And then he gave me a faint smile and said “Thanks for staying next to me…”