"When you've finally been listened to, that's when you become real to the world, that's when you grow."
- James, Brave Faces Portrait Gallery

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Christopher Brick

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Redding resident Christopher Brick struggled for most of his life with depression, for which he self-medicated with drugs and alcohol. After his downward spiral led to a period of homelessness, his recovery began when he entered the Good News Rescue Mission's New Life Recovery program. SEE HIS FULL STORY HERE. 

6 Little Known Realities About Psych Medications From Shasta County Brave Faces Advocates


The Brave Faces and Voices project began in 2012 as a way for Shasta County residents to reduce stigma associated with mental illness and suicide by telling their inspiring stories of recovery. Nearly 30 people have bravely come forward to share their experiences with the goal of debunking pervasive misconceptions that prevent people from seeking help and support. 

Many of the Brave Faces advocates have used psychiatric medications as part of their recovery process. Unfortunately, stigma, fear and pervasive myths about medications can lead to outright discrimination and discourage people from using them. To end this stigma, the Brave Faces are sharing truths about their own complex experiences with medications.



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Creanna and Shellisa Moore

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Redding residents Creanna (Cree) and her mother Shellisa share how depression during high school led Cree to attempt suicide. While she survived, the journey to recover and heal has been one they've taken together. 

To learn more about their story, SEE THEIR FULL GALLERY HERE.

Mike Skondin

Mike reading with quote

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Redding resident Mike Skondin shares his harrowing and then inspiring story of how he developed PTSD and survived two suicide attempts after serving with the Marine Corps in Colombia during the cocaine interdiction campaign. After years of struggle, his recovery journey began when he was sent to Empire Recovery in Redding, SEE HIS FULL GALLERY HERE.

Susan Guiton

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"When I read my nephew's obituary, I learned 'suicide' was a dirty word."

Watch Susan's video about how her nephew's suicide affected her family and THEN SEE HER FULL GALLERY HERE.

Neil Shaw

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"We have young people coming back from the Middle East, and they're drowning. We have to get them the help they need."

Watch retired deputy Neil's intro video about his recovery from PTSD and SEE HIS FULL GALLERY HERE.


Sam Hewitt

Brave Faces Portrait Gallery

Watch the video about Redding teenager Sam and her struggle with depression after her best friend Josh died by suicide in 8th grade. THEN SEE HER FULL GALLERY HERE.

David Martinez

Brave Faces Portrait Gallery

A Whitmore resident and Winnemem Wintu tribal member, David shares how he found peace after struggling with PTSD, racism and addiction. SEE HIS FULL GALLERY HERE.

Click here to see more Brave Faces. . .





Sponsored by Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency in conjunction with our many community partners and advisory boards. Funding for this project is provided through the Mental Health Services Act.


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