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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.

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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I pledge to stop any discrimination in my classroom. I will use examples or topics that are brought up by my students as a teaching opportunity to bring awareness to mental health and illness. I will provide a stigma free zone in my classroom where students feel safe.
Gracie
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I pledge to be a voice for mental illness and provide support for those in need. I will also reach out when I am the one who needs help.
JackJack
Since discovering, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Northridge, my life has changed dramatically for the better. I pledge to continue to love and support the members of my community as I have been lovingly supported during times of crisis and life in general.
Lisa Jr
To live my life as an example to everyone out there to show the world that YES, I have a Mental Illness but NO, it does not define who I CHOOSE to be!!
Emily
I believe all minds matter. I believe in helping and supporting all people diagnosed with mental health disorders accept it and show the world how awesome they are in spite of their illness. I believe in speaking up and out about mental health because I understand the struggles of living each day with a mental illness. I am one of the millions diagnosed with a mental illness, and I want to prove to the world I am awesome!
Elizabeth
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@rosieperezbklyn is fighting the stigma surrounding #mentalhealth, especially among Latinos. ncbnew.to/1wigw1h. @NBCNews #StartTalking
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I pledge to try to make a difference in my community. I will strive to support, love and be kind to every person regardless of their differences to me and others. I will take the time to listen before I speak. I will stop using works that could potentially harm others and be courteous to all I run across in life.
Lucille T.
I will aim to be the best Mental Health professional and Senior Peer Support Specialist I can be. Building mutual, empowering relationships while holding the hope for myself and others.
Kristen D.