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“What Those Left Behind Wish They Had Said” – A Shasta Lake Teen’s “Get Well Card” for Her Friend Who Cuts

Why don’t many people send Get Well cards for loved ones with mental health struggles? One Central Valley High School student saw through the stigma and created this artistic work for a friend. Read her statement explaining why below. (Click the image of the card to enlarge.) About the Author Dotty Amtsberg is a 17-year-old student … » 

Cutting Stigma with Words: The Hope Is Alive Open Mic Night

During Suicide Prevention Week, some of Redding’s talented musicians, hip hop artists and spoken word poets got together to bust stigma at the “Hope Is Alive” Open Mic Night. Does music or art help get you through tough times? Listen to the artists below and get your work ready for the next Open Mic night. … » 

“18 Years” – Dairrien’s Song about Surviving High School

Dairrien Call is an 18-year-old musician who graduated from Anderson New Technology High School this year. He has experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, and he wrote this song “18 Years (We Survived)” about the many struggles he and his classmates faced during high school. Listen to this audio piece about his music, and then read … » 

Cole’s Journey through Depression in Photos

Cole Arlandson is a recent Anderson New Tech grad and Cottonwood resident who believes there needs to be more mental health services for young people. He expresses himself through photography. Photography is important to me because it allows me to express what I am feeling inside without speaking directly about it. Any art form allows … » 

This Mental Health Month: Make the Pledge!

Ending the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide is a personal choice, and National Mental Health Month is the perfect time to exercise this right. Now is your chance to make your own personal mental health pledge in the space provided below. Here are a few ideas. Everyone – Pledge to acknowledge you have mental … » 

“My Horse Has PTSD” – A North State Marine’s Survival Tale

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  Editor’s note: Joseph Sellman is a Klamathon resident who has family in Shasta County. There are local programs similar to Stable Hands at Meliora Ranch and Triple Creek Ranch.   My horse has PTSD   “Be polite, be professional but be prepared to kill everyone you meet” General James Mattis 2004   By the … » 

Danielle: No One’s Pain Should Be Compared

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Everyone has a different road to travel in life. We all have triumphs and struggles. As humans we tend to add a scale to these life events. Some problems are seen as “bigger” or “worse” than other problems. web mentions Some accomplishments are “better” and more worthy of praise. Unfortunately, I believe these perceptions divide … » 

Burney High’s Students Talk about Stress

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Some stress in life is normal. It can even be healthy. my cloud But if stress becomes overwhelming and you don’t know how to cope with it, then it’s a big problem. Stress can even affect your physical health and appearance! To break down the stigma related to stress and anxiety, these Burney High students … » 

“The Healing Power” – An Original Charlie Price Short Story

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At seventeen, Barbara had a new baby. Within the week of its birth, she’d stopped getting out of bed, stopped speaking, she was so depressed she hardly move. Her friends brought her to the psychiatric hospital. On her second day she was willing to walk with me off the locked unit to the sand tray … » 

Danielle: To Get Through Depression, Help Someone Else

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Someone once told me, while I was in a bad bout of depression, that whenever he felt like he was in a really dark place, he would help someone else. By switching his focus onto others, he was able to put his life in better perspective and felt good about contributing something positive to the … » 

Turning 18 – A Survival Guide for Teenagers Who Are Also Adults

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If you are turning 18 or recently turned 18, that means you are technically considered an adult in the eyes of the law. And that is a big change in how the law treats you. Yes, you now have more freedom and ability to make your own decisions, but you also have a lot more … » 

An eating disorder is a “total battle inside your own head”

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Brave Faces Portrait Gallery participant Jessica Mosher, 17, from Cottonwood shares how she dealt with her eating disorder.     For more information about eating issues, visit Reachout’s fact page.   “I’m 17 years old and about to start an exciting and terrifying journey to become a veterinarian at Oregon State University. By looking at … » 

Meet Paige – Our new Vlogger

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  Paige, a 15-year-old Shasta County resident, has seen a lot of other high schoolers struggling with tough issues and wants to learn how to help her friends. She’ll be sharing her experiences and what she learns with the the Get Better Together community. Here is her first vlog! If you have a topic idea … » 

Hit the Books. But Don’t Let Homework STRESS Hit You!

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by Kimberly Michelle Hey everyone! Kimberly Michelle here, so school is in full swing and finals are almost upon us. For some people that means only one thing…STRESS! Admit it, we all have it. I know I do!  I remember in college when I had finals that I would go for days without sleep. I ended … » 

How Art Helped Me Through My Incarceration

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Steven Trujillo, is a Redding resident, artist and coffeeshop manager. He is also the survivor of severe depression and a suicide attempt that led to a two-year prison term. Discover Steven’s art that helped him find a purpose and get better. To read more about Steve, visit his Brave Faces Portrait Gallery video. For more … »