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.

The Courage to Own and Tell Your Story

Through creating autobiographical music, my life has become more integrated. I feel more confident and courageous in navigating vulnerability and difficult conversations.

The Mathematics of Hope

A lot of people say they’d die for their child. I’ve never heard anyone say they’ll show them what it takes to live.

The Long and Noble Road to Lasting Mental Health

Understanding the pre-condition and three requirements offers hope. The stigma associated with mental illness is fading and science is tackling mental illness from every possible angle.

Thank Goodness, I Have Bipolar!

I focus on what I know to be true: that the struggle to live with and manage a mental health condition gives me empathy for others. That I have great sensitivity. That even on medication—in fact, especially on medication—I get to feel the world deeply and be my best self. I get to thrive.