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 continue to stand up against Mental Health Stigma and educate the public. I will also continue to empower each and every person whom suffers from Mental Health Challenges and provide hope to each individual.
Laura
To talk about mental health openly and without shame.
Heidi M
To recognize and challenge power imbalances and help overcome stigma.
LeShaundsf
To make suicide prevention in a priority to help save lives.
petie
That I will do everything in my power to help and empower any and all of those who suffer, have suffered, currently suffer, and know someone who has suffered from any/all mental disorders. I have major depression disorder, my father who just recently passed had depression, anxiety, schyzophrenia, dementia, and my brother committed suicide when he was 24 and I was 12. I have offered and seen those close to me suffer and actually pass away. So I will do everything in my power to prevent it from happening to any family or child or adult.
Erik Rickert
To promote awareness about mental health and recovery through the Student Advocates for Recovery Club at Merced College. We have been advocating for recovery support and breaking the stigma that comes with substance use disorders and other mental health issues.
noctbliss
To remain up to date mental health information to the best of my abilities, and to be a vocal advocate for mental health and mental health services whenever the opportunity to do so arises.
Dira
To advocate for mental health awareness, and NOT let others speak badly about those who struggle with mental illness.
Laura
To know my students, to show them that I care for them authentically, and will do my best to provide a safe snd supportive school where they can thrive and live up to their potential!
Deb
I pledge to use my talent as an artist to help people be the best versions of themselves. As an artist who lives and thrives with Bipolar Disorder, I want to share my story and that of others to start the conversation on mental illness and to shape the road to recovery. I pledge to help end the shame, silence and stigma.
SoVal In Socal
To ask, to listen, to share. Mental health matters!
Ty
To lead in both my personal and professional life by demonstrating and teaching how to be a balanced and joy filled individual. Mindfulness is key.
windy
to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses. My older brother was diagnosed with Schizophrenia eight years ago. I have so many idyllic memories with him. I was the first out of nine to graduate high school and attend college. I'm pursuing an educational career in Psychology and Child Development to one day work with families who have a family member affected by Schizophrenia.
zurijay
As a parent living with mental health challenges, I will create a better tomorrow for my 3 beautiful children by modeling healthy coping skills today.
Gidget
I pledge to be an advocate for those afflicted by mental illness, providing holistic and patient-centered care for this high-risk population.
Sarah
To treat every person like they are a human being not their illness.
Reggy
To always stand up for mental illness.
Hal Pal
To be there for PEOPLE who suffer from mental illness in the hospital, in my family, and in all aspects of life.
Tory