MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network

The *ONLY* Mental Health PEER RUN Organization

in Santa Cruz County, California 


In the year 1999 I was living with m girlfriend in the Santa Cruz Mountains...

I got high on Meth, anxious and confused


I called 911 to protect myself.  

I was tricked by voices.  

I was and am diagnosed with schizophrenia.  I have two children I have not seen since they were small.  I was an electrician.  I worked full time.  

I was going to jump off the bridge and the police stopped me.

While I was in isolation I tried several ways to commit suicide.  I was

eventually given a wheelchair.

This was one of the darkest places of my life.  

To be institutionalized and treated like a

number instead of a person.