Stories

California’s Mental Health Movement is made of up millions of people who believe that everyone experiencing a mental health challenge deserves the opportunity to live a healthy, happy and meaningful life. See what people are saying and sharing – and add your voice to the movement with your own commitment to advancing mental health.

To share with the next generation of nurses how to hold hope for an individual, until they are able to hold it for themselves.
Kris
To help end the negative stigma of mental illness. I will continue to inspire that it gets better. I will continue to inform that its not a weakness. We are intelligent and strong and deserve the same respect as those who don't have what we have. I believe the first step for a change is to have people fully understand where we are coming from, and that mental illness is a very real and serious thing.
Rachelfrancee
To spread awareness about the difficulties of mental health and to never give up on myself, even when living seems to be the hardest part of life.
Ciara
To help those in need of a shoulder to lean on.
Cassie
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I pledge to provide awareness and support to all those suffering from mental health challenges, and to provide knowledge for families of those who are suffering and for others who wish to learn more.
julie
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To spread the importance of mental health and to help end stigma. I will use this opportunity to learn so when I go to Medical School I will always remember why I’m doing this.
Carolanne
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I pledge to remember that nothing is permanent. Happiness begins when I accept who I am, and can keep an open mind.
Sofie
I pledge to bring awareness, educate & support others that are dealing with mental health challenges, may it be present or pass! I pledge to strive toward keeping a healthy mind & continue to keep myself educated so I am able to assist others!
Nstinctual1
I pledge to always have empathy with those struggling with mental illness. Not because I am a professional. Not because I should or I have to. But because I live with the struggles too. I pledge to be the compassionate heart inside prisons to help bring awareness. I stand up for those like me & remember when I was too ashamed to speak up.
jenn
I pledge to speak up, make a difference & share my story. I pledge to be strong even when I feel weak.
kimi
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I pledge to be an active listener and friend to those in need, to be their soft place to fall. My heart is wide open.
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