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.

I was never so hungry, dirty, exhausted, or lonely...They were with me, every step of that journey. And they will be there on the next journey. And the next. Silently guiding me.

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To try and help people that struggle with mental disorders and challenges. I also will stop using mental illness as slang.
Savannah lynn

I feel that my mental health diagnosis is just a part of who I am. I am also a wife, a mother, a sister, a caring friend.

I enjoy working with others who I have somewhat of a shared experience with them in their own walk with mental health diagnosis.

Jill read story
To keep volunteering with Mental Health Support Groups.
MaryL
By praying, loving, caring, supporting my son who has brain disorder. By going back to school to further my education to know more about on how I can continue help and understand and support him in ways I can.
Judy
To speak opening and honestly about mental health to family, friends, and the seniors I serve to access the care they need with dignity and love---free from shame or stigma.
Natalia Molina, M.P.H.
To continue to educate all on the facts of Mental Illness - a real physiological d/o like any other - (my Soapbox) and continue to encourage others to stay on their meds and therapy!
Psych Nurse
As a licensed therapist, to continue to assist those in need of help, and informing families about mental health to reduce stigma.
Catlmft
To speak up.
MPorter
To voice my opinions and views on and about mental health issues so more people will feel comfortable talking about it.
5'11
To be kind to all.
Rick
To ask for help when the downward spiral starts and to practice self-love and self-care even when I feel like I am unable to do so.
Angie
To be a voice for mental health awareness and to be a safe place for someone to confide in.
KOSDALE93
To share openly and honestly the impact that mental illness has had on my life as well as my family. I pledge to share that I struggle sometimes and that with mental health support and services, I learn, grow and heal. I also pledge to support all those around me with love.
Sandy
To talk about mental health without the shame associated with having a disability.
Bousler
To freely discuss mental illness and openly share my stories in an effort to help normalize discussions around mental illness.
Dr Zombie
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