illness plays out differently in each individual. There is no
one path toward recovery, and the care and support that mental
health professionals and family members offer must be as creative
and diverse as the people they're trying to help. Explore the
many different experiences of those who have been touched by
mental illness and their stories of both struggle and hope.
first-person stories of a variety of mental health stakeholders,
from a longtime consumer advocate to a patient of a locked facility,
from a veteran outreach worker to a mother who is reaching out
after losing her son.
Web exclusive video excerpts from Hope on the Street.
Featured characters address the stigma of mental illness, homelessness,
recovery and family support.
Ray: Ray and his family hope to buy their first home
within the year. Ray continues to share his story; to date he
has spoken at more than 30 conferences across the United States.
Sandra: On February 7th, 2005, Sandra Washington passed away
at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, where she had been
receiving treatment. On October 29, 2004, Sandra and her son,
Torris, were reunited at the hospital. Torris flew from Mississippi
to visit Sandra. It was the first time in nearly 20 years that he
had seen his mother.
J.J.: Byron and J.J. continue to work at the flower stand
and are still the best of friends. J.J. recently took a trip
to Los Cabos, Mexico.
Richard: Richard still lives in the Board and Care and
spends his days walking the neighborhood. His niece visits him
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