Mental Health Recovery Videos
These videos feature real, honest, and inspirational stories of mental heath recovery – all told by consumers or family members themselves. Viewers learn how a different person has defied the odds and thrived in spite of mental health challenges. They come from two series of videos: Faces of Hope and Resilience, and Stories of Recovery.
Producer: Rev. Barbara F. Meyers
To view a video, click on the name
Rebekah Elowyn, Pastoral Counselor, mother
Rebekah Elowyn was in her 40’s when she realized that there were other personalities within herself. The other personalities had formed to shield her from abuse she suffered as a child. She speaks of how they emerged when she began remembering the abuse, and how with the help of a therapist, she was able to integrate them and become whole.
Linford Gayle – Director of the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs in San Mateo
While he currently plays an integral role in advocating for and empowering consumers on a county and statewide level, Linford was not always in such a position. Learn how he overcame a suicide attempt, bullying, and a co-occurring diagnosis of bipolar and substance abuse to help improve the mental health system and change society’s views of those who struggle.
Jessica Hendricks – Has overcome trauma and abuse
Jessica Hendricks is a young adult of Korean-American heritage. She endured trauma and abuse and developed Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) which was former known as multiple personality disorder. She speaks of her experience, and the positives and negatives of living with DID.
Sharon Kuehn – Mental Health educator, advocate, manager, and consultant
Sharon Keuhn is a mental health and wellness educator, advocate, trainer, program manager, and consultant. Hear the story of her traumatic hospitalization, and how she was able to get well and stay well.
Kathryn Lum – Math tutor, Recovery speaker
In her late teens, Kathryn Lum started hearing disembodied voices and became very depressed. Hear how she navigated her life and how she has now found peace and a fulfilling career.
Jay Mahler– Consumer Relations Manager, Alameda County Behavioral Care Services
Renowned advocate Jay Mahler shares his decades-long relationship with the mental health system. Hear about his first encounter with treatment and how that experience catalyzed a lifelong commitment to consumer rights activism
Rev. Barbara Meyers – Minister, Author, Weaver, Video Producer
Rev. Barbara Meyers changed her profession from a computer software engineer to an ordained minister. Recovering from a serious bout of postpartum depression, she learned how to live a more balanced life. After she experienced the importance of spirituality in her recovery, she eventually retired from her previous career and became a minister who focuses her ministry on mental health issues. Hear her story and her path to recovery
Lorenzo Quan – Retired social worker and mental health worker
Lorenzo Quan has overcome a variety of life challenges – adoption, assimilation to a new culture, a suicide attempt, and homelessness. Today he serves on the board of the Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients and is an active advocate in the mental health consumer movement. Hear more about his story and how he discovered his own path to recovery.
Christina Murphy – Housing Specialist, Student
First hospitalized at the age of 6, Christina Murphy has overcome sexual abuse, hospitalizations, misdiagnosis, drugging, and several stays in jail to become a college graduate, and an employee working to help others. Hear her inspiring story.
Peggy Rahman, Family Member, Teacher
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a family member of someone with severe mental health challenges? Peggy Rahman, President of NAMI Alameda County, discusses the stigma she faced as the mother of a child with schizophrenia. Hear how she advocated for her daughter, why she thinks hope is so important to recovery, and how her experiences made her a better parent and wife.
Andree Reyes – Mental Health Employment Liaison
Andree Reyes had a mental health crisis in her sophomore year at UC Berkeley after taking LSD. She movingly tells of how this experience felt, and of the role her parents played in starting her on the road to recovery. She now has a Masters degree and an important job working for Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare.
Roberto Roman – Mental Health Community Support Worker
Roberto Roman is a mental health community support worker with Contra Costa Behavioral Health Care Services. After experiencing traumatic losses early in his life, Roberto discusses when and why he decided to seek treatment, his experience with hospitalization, and the oft-forgotten dangers of being misdiagnosed. Hear the lessons he gained from his mental health struggles, his thoughts on his diagnosis, and why he believes recovery is possible for anyone.
Monique Tarver – Minister, Mother
Minister Monique Tarver shares how she first discovered she had mental health issues and the roles her faith and family played in helping her through hard times. Tarver is a leader in building bridges between the mental health and spiritual communities by encouraging the two systems to work together in supporting the whole person.
Brian Wetzel – Comedian, Speaker
Brian Wetzel is a public speaker and comedian who has struggled with depression since the age of 20. Learn how Brian uses comedy and performance to educate society about mental health issues and heal from his own experiences. Hear the lessons he learned from his suicide attempt and how he is able to spot the silver linings in even the most dire of situations.
Felicia Williams – Family member, Healthcare provider
Meet Felicia Williams, a loving mother of a son with mental health challenges, talk about her lived experience. She tells of finally finding adequate resources and making lifestyle changes that enable her and her son to begin to thrive. Consumers, have your family members watch this; Felicia is a role model for family members in similar situations.
CC Wynn – Mother, mental health worker, student
CC Wynn has had to deal with addictions to drugs and alcohol along with mental health difficulties. Pregnant in high school, her young son was raised by her sister and her mother when she was in rehab. Her life started to turn around after the birth of her second son, when she decided that she wanted to be able to raise her children. Now clean and sober for 18 years, she is a role model showing that lives can be turned around.
Sally Zinman – Consumer/Survivor Activist
Learn about the story of Sally Zinman, a pioneer in the consumer movement who has been doing advocacy work for more than 30 years. Discover how she recovered from abuse on a farm in the name of treatment and the pivotal role she has played in groundbreaking mental health legislation.
Here are some other on-line collections of stories told by consumers and family members:
|Video Collections of Mental Health Stories|
|Non-Video Collections of Mental Health Stories|
Faces of Hope and Resilience is a project of
The Life Reaching Across to Life Organization
3833 Peralta Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536
A member organization of
The Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients
Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients Inquiries: (510) 652-5891
Reaching Across Inquiries: 510-745-9500
Faces of Hope and Resilience Inquiries: com_minister at mpuuc.org
Stories of Recovery is a project of PEERS
Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services
333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 250, Oakland, CA 94621
General Inquiries: info at peersnet.org
Stories of Recovery Inquiries: mhm at peersnet.org