8 things I wish I could tell my younger self

In the hopes that this will also be helpful to you and your mental health, here are eight things I wish I could have said to my younger self.

Food and mood: A fireside chat with Emmanuel Lopez

We sat down with Emmanuel Lopez to learn about how he is using food to help manage his clinical depression and seasonal affective disorder. Here’s what he shared.

Peer support in early intervention services for psychosis: A fireside chat with Jason Grant

In this first Fireside Chat, Jason shares about his own experience with psychosis, what he has seen through his work as a peer support worker, how Covid-19 has changed early intervention services and more.

“Let’s do something different and make things better”—Interview with Ted Weiss, Stability Leader, lawyer and mental health advocate

At 75, I am at high risk for detrimental outcomes if I were to be infected with the coronavirus. Despite this situation, what the pandemic has revealed to me are all the ways I am fortunate.

Unveiling privilege in mental health recovery

When I first became a public mental health advocate, I was solely focused on the message that it’s possible to bounce back from a mental health crisis and manage — thrive, even — with a diagnosis such as Bipolar 1. My ambition was relatively modest, thinking that perhaps I would reach someone else who received an intimidating diagnosis and felt ostracized and “doomed.”

The Worst Is Just a New Beginning In Disguise

A diagnosis could, in fact, be the beginning of a more sustainable life. I, like hundreds of The Stability Network Leaders, are living proof that recovery is possible and that a diagnosis does not need to be an anvil that sinks the whole ship. Actually, it can be the thread that patches your sails so you can navigate new horizons.

Nurturing Your Mental Wellness

The vast majority of people who listen to my journey tell me I’m brave, and that my story has given them the courage to tell theirs. It never ceases to amaze me how many people have stories to tell. Be a storyteller. You have no idea whom or in what ways you will help. But you will.

The Truth Behind My Title

I hope we can shatter the belief that in order to be professionally successful, we need to hide or disguise our inner struggles and difficulties. I truly believe it is quite the opposite… our greatest challenges are often the key, and the door, to our greatest successes.

Cards of Hope

It’s a simple program, but rich and full in hope and meaning. It reduces the feeling of stigma. It says to patients, “you are not alone”. To feel cared about and supported can provide a huge boost when people are at their lows. And, in turn, they share their examples of fortitude and resilience.

From Shame to Advocacy

Mental health has been a source of shame, secrecy and isolation for too long. It’s time we start facing the real challenges people face and as a community, responding with hope, support, resources and respect. My recovery story is one of many, and I’m sharing it because of UCSF’s decision to shed some light on the topic and build community.