"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. 

Let It Out Video Fights The Shame of Thinking about Suicide

According to the CDC, about 1 in 25 Americans contemplate suicide every year. For every person who dies by suicide, nearly 25 survive their attempts. In Shasta County, about 40 people a year die by suicide. 

This means many of our friends, neighbors and colleagues have thought about suicide, survived a suicide attempt or have been impacted by suicide in some way.

Yet many harmful myths surround suicide attempts, like that people who attempt are selfish or that there's no way to stop someone from completing a suicide. To fight these stigmas, we've released "Let It Out" - a mini-documentary featuring five Shasta County residents who describe their experiences with suicidal thoughts. Some of them survived suicide attempts as well. They also share what helped get them through the fire and discuss how we can help a friend who is thinking about suicide. 

Watch the mini-doc above and click here to learn more.


More Stories...

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

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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

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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

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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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