Deborah Rocha & SRD Straightening Reins

Deborah Rocha founded SRD Straightening Reins in 2011 after she lost her daughter, Samantha Rocha-Dyer (SRD) to mental health challenges. It is difficult for Deborah to share her story but it is necessary to shed light on the issues youth deal with to help where the need is greatest. Samantha’s story also helps Deborah connect with parents and loved ones searching for help in a way that only a parent who’s experienced the challenge of mental health problems in a child can.

Samantha is survived by her mom Debbie, and her three siblings - Salvador, Diana, and Joseph. Salvador’s wife is Jacquelynn. Samantha’s story continues to be a beacon of hope for many in the Santa Clarita Valley and Los Angeles County while she continues to live in the hearts of her family and friends.

Destroy these Myths... Before They Destroy Us! 

Personality weakness or character flaws cause mental health problems. People with mental health problems can snap out of it if they try hard enough.

There is no hope for people with mental health problems. Once a friend or a family member develops mental health problems, he or she will never recover.

Therapy and self-help are a waste of time. Why bother when you can just take a pill?

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Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak and many people need help to get better.

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Studies show that people with mental health problems get better and many recover completely. Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. There are more treatments, services, and community support systems than ever before, and they work.

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Treatment for mental health problems varies depending on the individual and could include medication, therapy, or both. Many individuals work with a support system during the healing and recovery process.

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“The SRD community is here to help you and support your treatment journey. Together we cope, learn, and find healthy new ways to deal with mental illness that is right for you and your family.” -Deborah Rocha 

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