"Shine" highlights the inspirational and personal stories of transitional age youth (also known as TAY) in overcoming mental health challenges born from trauma. The documentary follows one young man's battle with depression after an armed robbery leaves him paralyzed, and a young woman living with PTSD and depression after years of sexual abuse. It also features another young woman who speaks on her mental health challenges in adolescence and the importance of peer support.
PEERS is a consumer-run organization that promotes wellness for people with mental health difficulties and their families through community outreach, empowerment, education, advocacy for social inclusion, and elimination of stigma and discrimination.
As part of the Social Inclusion Campaign, PEERS is dedicated to promoting education and ending stigma around mental health in the African American community. Listen to the inspiring stories of DeWitt Buckingham and Brianna Williams, and learn more about this important social issue.
Alameda County is considering whether to implement AB 1421, more commonly known as Laura's Law. The proposed legislation says that if a court or judge decides that a person with mental health issues (otherwise known as a consumer) requires treatment, the consumer must abide by a plan determined by a team of professionals on an outpatient basis.
Lorenzo Quan has overcome a variety of life challenges -- adoption, assimilation to a new culture, a suicide attempt, and homelessness. Today he serves on the board of the Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients and is an active advocate in the mental health consumer movement. Hear more about his story and how he discovered his own path to recovery.
What are the activities or people in your life that gave you balance and peace of mind? Mental Health and Wellness Radio Host Jenee Darden took her recorder to the Alameda County 10x10 Walk/Move for Health for answers.
Hear from a woman who lost 350 pounds with diet and exercise and gained self-esteem. And a man who says his co-workers keep him well. Plus Jenee makes her hip-hop debut…sort of.
Linford Gayle is the Director of the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs for San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. While he currently plays an integral role in advocating for and empowering consumers on a county and statewide level, Linford was not always in such a position. Learn how he overcame a suicide attempt, bullying, and a co-occurring diagnosis of bipolar and substance abuse to help improve the mental health system and change society's views of those who struggle.
Stories of Recovery is a video series featuring real, honest, and hopeful stories of mental health recovery. Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a family member of someone with mental health challenges? Peggy Rahman, President of NAMI Alameda County, discusses the stigma she faced as the mother of a child with schizophrenia. Hear how she advocated for her daughter, why she thinks hope is so important to recovery, and how her experiences made her a better parent and wife.