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 ask, to listen, to share. Mental health matters!
Ty
To lead in both my personal and professional life by demonstrating and teaching how to be a balanced and joy filled individual. Mindfulness is key.
windy
to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses. My older brother was diagnosed with Schizophrenia eight years ago. I have so many idyllic memories with him. I was the first out of nine to graduate high school and attend college. I'm pursuing an educational career in Psychology and Child Development to one day work with families who have a family member affected by Schizophrenia.
zurijay
As a parent living with mental health challenges, I will create a better tomorrow for my 3 beautiful children by modeling healthy coping skills today.
Gidget
I pledge to be an advocate for those afflicted by mental illness, providing holistic and patient-centered care for this high-risk population.
Sarah
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To treat every person like they are a human being not their illness.
Reggy
To always stand up for mental illness.
Hal Pal
To be there for PEOPLE who suffer from mental illness in the hospital, in my family, and in all aspects of life.
Tory
To share with the next generation of nurses how to hold hope for an individual, until they are able to hold it for themselves.
Kris
To help end the negative stigma of mental illness. I will continue to inspire that it gets better. I will continue to inform that its not a weakness. We are intelligent and strong and deserve the same respect as those who don't have what we have. I believe the first step for a change is to have people fully understand where we are coming from, and that mental illness is a very real and serious thing.
Rachelfrancee
To spread awareness about the difficulties of mental health and to never give up on myself, even when living seems to be the hardest part of life.
Ciara
To help those in need of a shoulder to lean on.
Cassie
To support others with mental illnesses, and to know that situations aren't permanent and that I will find happiness, and learn to accept myself for who I am.
Sam
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I pledge to provide awareness and support to all those suffering from mental health challenges, and to provide knowledge for families of those who are suffering and for others who wish to learn more.
julie
To spread the importance of mental health and to help end stigma. I will use this opportunity to learn so when I go to Medical School I will always remember why I’m doing this.
Carolanne
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