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Recovery Champion: Hope Holland

After decades of trauma and family turmoil, Hope Holland likes to hike and contemplate at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.

“You can be here and not feel homeless,” she said on a recent visit to the center’s immaculate gardens and hills above the Silicon Valley. “You feel like you actually live here for a moment.”

Now 44, the native of California’s north coast was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder in her early 20s. She was open to treatment but rejected medication after witnessing her mother’s struggle with mental illness.

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