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.

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.

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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.
Misty
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To teach people about mental illness.
Margie
To stand up for many who experience mental health discrimination and work to advocate for myself and others.
Ari
To keep telling people: Don't ever give up. Keep fighting.
Beth
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Recovery and hope is possible. You are not alone.

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To run towards recovery and help others along the way!
Cayla
I teach the Family to Family class for NAMI - Placer.
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I pledge that I will spread mental [health] awareness.
Sara
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.
Rhea
To have conversations about wellness with friends and family.
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To promote mental health awareness in the churches I work with.
DrJSP
To help spread the word on the importance of mental health awareness and remove the stigma.
Syn
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.
Rebecca Massie