Success Stories

‘TAY Has Helped Me Come Out of My Shell’

May 28, 2020
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Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Los Angeles County, Julian attended weekly group meetings at the Transition-Age Youth Academy in Long Beach. Every Friday, he and the other TAY students would…

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‘My Job Brought Back the Fire in My Heart’

March 24, 2020
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Jordan enlisted in the U.S. Army right out of high school, serving as a supply specialist. While in the military, he learned “the value of bonds.”  “It doesn’t matter who…

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‘This Is Where My Miracle Happened’

February 24, 2020

My name is Rennie and there’s not enough time in a day to tell you of all the trauma, poor decisions, impaired judgement, all the different things that set my…

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‘I Took My Weakness and Made it a Strength’

February 24, 2020

“I’m an immigrant. I came here when I was seven and was raised by a single mom.” Karen’s mom was abusive when she was growing up. Her family would occasionally…

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‘MHALA Loved Me Back to Life’

December 16, 2019
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It was the promise of a hot shower that convinced Roxanne to visit Mental Health America of Los Angeles. Roxanne was a copywriter at a radio station before her world…

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For Some of Long Beach’s Homeless With Mental Illness, the Path to Recovery Can Lead Through the Alley

April 5, 2019
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April marks the two-year anniversary of the establishment of Alleybusters, a partnership between the non-profit Mental Health America of Los Angeles (MHALA) and the DLBA.  The program, which started in…

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