Mental Health Client Action Network
The Only Mental Health Peer-Run Organization
in Santa Cruz, CA
In the year 1999 I was living with my girlfriend in the Santa Cruz Mountains...
I got high on Meth, anxious and confused so I called 911 to protect myself.
I was tricked by voices.
I was and am diagnosed with schizophrenia.
I have two daughters 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.