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Family seeks help for stranded Memphis man

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The family of a Mid-South man is asking for help as their son and his possessions--piled high in a pickup truck--sit stranded on a Memphis street.

Michael, 47, camped out on Merton Street for about a month. He went through the Mid-South's string of winter storms in his truck, relying on only a Sterno heater and heavy clothing to keep him warm.

He created quite a buzz in the Binghampton neighborhood because his truck and boat are packed with everything he owns. His vehicle broke down about one month ago, and he's been stranded ever since.

Michael lived in a nearby apartment complex, but after getting into a few arguments with his landlord and neighbors, he had to leave. His family has offered to rent him another apartment, but they say he refused the offer.

Michael has two degrees from a community college, as well as a political science degree from University of Memphis. His family says Michael is quite smart when his mental illness is kept at bay.

Recently, his mentor passed away and those close to Michael say he took it hard. They think finding him another mentor could help get him back on the right track.

Michael once held down several jobs and owned his own home. Now, he's living in a broken down truck, refusing help from his family.

His family says there are people who love Michael and want to help him. But until he accepts their help, they're forced to stick with prayer.

Mental health professionals say Michael is not alone. They say many Mid-Southerners are in need of professional help but either refuse or don't know how to get access to it.

If you know someone who might need help, contact the Crisis Stabilization Unit in Memphis by calling 901-369-1420.

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