Several years ago, I was approached about being on the Board of Directors for MHA. I agreed because I felt a sense of duty, not because I had any special training in regards to mental health. I am a business woman, I have limited knowledge in the medical field. However, I knew how important the group was and still is. Diane Kelly, our former Executive Director, had given me some very sound advice and helped guide my family through a difficult time with a relative and I felt indebted to her group.
The truth is that we probably all have a story that includes a family or a friend who struggles with mental illness. It is important for us to all play a part in helping. The programs that MHA offers touches so many...children, parents, care givers, teachers and even law enforcement. Even if we don't specifically benefit from the programs, our communities as a whole need a helping hand to be healthy, happy and thrive.