REAL CHATS with Richard Brea
Richard is 29 years old and living his dream in Los Angeles, CA. His firm belief in Christ and his faith has helped him in his struggles with mental illness. He is a writer and is working to publish his autobiography, Out of the Darkness, later this year. He loves music, movies and reality TV. He works tirelessly to break down the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and disorders by sharing his story. He hopes to help empower the mental health community.
PROJECT 375: What is your proudest accomplishment?
Richard: There are many things I am proud of but the following are at the top of my list. My proudest accomplishment is this moment. It’s having my story and words featured on Project 375. It’s not being defined by my anxiety and/or Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s being sober, healthy, and for the first time in my life, finding peace and happiness at the age of 29. My proudest accomplishment is having a marketing job without having a marketing degree or college education. My proudest accomplishment is being published seven times.
PROJECT 375: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Richard: In five years I see myself continuing this wave of peace, love, positivity, gratitude, and happiness. I see myself married with two kids. I see myself living in my own home somewhere in Los Angeles. I also see myself working for a non-profit organization that specializes in raising awareness for mental health like Project 375.
PROJECT 375: What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
Richard: The most daring thing I have ever done was move to Los Angeles five years ago to follow my dreams. I moved to LA without ever visiting the city or knowing a single person. It was a leap of faith and it is something that has helped me achieve a majority of my goals and dreams.
PROJECT 375: What has been your biggest challenge?
Richard: My biggest challenge has been overcoming depression, anxiety, an addiction to marijuana, and alcoholism all while maintaining my sobriety. My other biggest challenge has been continuously following my dreams even when I encounter obstacles to success.
PROJECT 375: What makes you happiest?
Richard: A lot of things make me happy. Some of these things are volunteering, writing, raising awareness for mental health, living my dream in Los Angeles, my family (especially my nieces and nephews), my friends, and co-workers.