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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.

Speak Up
RLO

I want to inspire others, make them feel like they’re not alone because, and now I’m talking to you, you truly aren’t. There are so many people that love you and care about you. One day things will get better, maybe not today nor tomorrow but one day. And trust me when I say this, you are worth it. You are worth everything there is because all life is precious, including yours.

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To provide a helping hand for the people that struggle with mental illness.
cienna
Each mind matters, if you need help, I’m here to listen. If you're dealing with anxiety, depression, or mental illness I am here to help.
Diana P
To raise awareness and educate others about mental health and to advocate for others with depression or a mental illness.
Jackie
To be an advocate and mentor for the African American community!
Dawnie
to love myself every day, so others who may be suffering how I once suffered know that things do get better when they receive the help they deserve.
Kiki
to learn more
Bene
To always be open to others feelings and ready to share my path to health to encourage others.
Jen17
To make sure everyone feels safe and that no matter what you are going through, no matter how bad the depression or suicidal thoughts, somebody will be there.
lilli
To be their for someone as much as possibe who is in emotional distress or suffering from a mental illness.
Sabeen
To remove the stigma of mental health and create safe environments for athletes and coaches to participate.
Chocolate Drop
To raise awareness and talk about stigmatizing those with mental health challenges.
Mo
To speak up.
Sctrojen
As an RN in the primary care setting, I work in collaboration with all members of our health care team to ensure that all our patients are adequately screened for signs and symptoms of depression at all visits to our clinic, and I plan to order green ribbons to wear everyday (personally) and to encourage staff to wear as well - to promote mental health awareness and work together to de-stigmatize mental health illnesses and promote wellness and recovery through support and using the proper resources to get people the help they need.
Ari
To continue providing support groups for people struggling with unipolar or bipolar depression. To advocate for mandatory educational programs in all schools in all grades.
Jeff1951
I am strengthing the mental health movement. I believe in healing through action, power through diversity and power through collaboration, everyone deserves the opportunity to live a healthy happy productive life, people experiencing mental health challenges can and do get better by talking openly and honestly about mental health. We can help make this possible together we can!
Cherry
To keep talking about mental health and facilitating brain-science education leveraging bbrfoundation.org, NIMH.nih.gov and NAMI.org and EachMindMatters.org to cure stigma!
President, NAMI El Dorado County