Denise Green

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Brave Faces Advocate, Denise Green, believes in living life to its fullest. In addition to being a mother, wife, homesteader, and social worker, she manages a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

“What I’ve learned in life is that as soon as you tell people that you have a condition, they expect less of you. Achieving more is how I break stigma.”

David Wharton

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Redding resident and community organizer, David Wharton, pushed through many layers of stigma to reach a place of healing in his life. He manages his anxiety and depression with medication, counseling and volunteer service.

Cherish Padro

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New York City native and Redding resident Cherish Padro has learned to manage her bipolar diagnosis despite the stigma she faced from family and well intentioned members of her church.”It’s been a challenging but rewarding journey. I’ve learned how to take care of myself and make the choices that are best for me.”

Christopher Brick

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For decades, Redding resident Christopher Brick dealt with his depression by using alcohol and drugs. After his downward spiral led to a period of homelessness, Chris started to turn his life around when he was accepted into the Good News Rescue Mission’s New Life Recovery program.

Justin Babb

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For much of his young adult life, Justin’s experiences were a roller coaster, with periods of rash decision-making punctuated with bouts of depression. In his mid-20s, he was diagnosed with Bipolar II, which provided an explanation for many of his struggles.

Chante Catt

Chante Catt with daughter.

Chante shares how becoming a new mom flooded her with contradictory emotions – joy, anger and depression – and how she wants women to feel safe to discuss the complex emotions many experience as they become a parent.

Mike Skondin

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Brave Face, Mike Skondin, a U.S. Marine Veteran, talks about his experiences transitioning back to civilian life with PTSD after serving in Colombia and doing drug interdiction.

“I was constantly doing things to match the adrenaline level I experienced in combat,” says Mike. This drive attracted him and jobs with significant risk of physical injury, and led to substance abuse and two suicide attempts.

Matthew Sprenger

Matt Sprenger from Anderson shares his story of surviving a suicide attempt as a young teenager and how he is now on the path of recovery. The National Institute for Mental Health reports there are 11 people who survive a suicide attempt for every person who completes a suicide.

Greg Burgin Jr.

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Greg Burgin Jr. “I was born in Redding, and my family’s ancestral village is Turtle Bay. My mother is Mexican and Wintu. My father is mixed European blood. It was tough as a kid because I didn’t fit in with the white people, with the Mexicans or with the Indians. I spent my whole life […]

Tammy Hebert

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Cassel resident and domestic violence survivor Tammy Hebert tells her story about struggling with addiction and post-traumatic stress. After multiple relapses, Tammy says counseling, keeping busy with her grandson and gardening have helped her find recovery.