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 support those who have been impacted by mental health challenges with respect and compassion, and to continue to educate myself so I can be informed.
Crescent Kelley
To listen to those in need and to guide them if appropriate.
Kathy
To end the stigma that surrounds many mental health issues. I hope that one day mental health will be as openly talked about as physical health. I also pledge to assist in spreading awareness throughout my community and help young adults cope with these issues.
Damon
I plan on sharing my story about anxiety with groups of people. To help spread awareness.
Bee
I pledge to be there for others and share my story as an inspiration.
EL
I pledge to spread a positive outlook on mental health whenever and wherever I can.
Ken

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
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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