My name is Jemerson G. Diaz. I have Bipolar Type 1 and PTSD, both are documented and diagnosed. I had my first manic episode when I was 20 years old, on the USMC (US Marine Corps) Base of Twenty-Nine Palms in the summer of 2007.
I pledge to become a mentor and to do my part to listen, educate, raise awareness and promote healing through the battles that we all fight with mental illness as patients, family and community.
To teach people about mental illness.
To stand up for many who experience mental health discrimination and work to advocate for myself and others.
To keep telling people: Don't ever give up. Keep fighting.
Recovery and hope is possible. You are not alone.
To run towards recovery and help others along the way!
I teach the Family to Family class for NAMI - Placer.
I pledge that I will spread mental [health] awareness.
That I will be the best, happiest person and not commit suicide. I will use my tools I've learned from a wellness center to stay in wise mind to avoid suicidal ideation. See, I don't really want to commit suicide, but sometimes I get so tired and feel it's a way out. I won't really do it. I want to live.
To have conversations about wellness with friends and family.
To promote mental health awareness in the churches I work with.
To help spread the word on the importance of mental health awareness and remove the stigma.
I pledge to share my story in its entirety and not pretend that I'm always ok in order to be an effective mental health advocate.