I am the project coordinator for the Garrett Lee Smith suicide prevention grant for the Connect Suicide Prevention Project at NAMINH. My role as coordinator is to implement the suicide prevention work-plan by working with the state Suicide Prevention Council, develop suicide prevention initiatives statewide and provide trainings in prevention and postvention for identified communities.
iQ iii What is your most favorite part of the work that you do?
I enjoy the collaborative nature of the project. The opportunity to work alongside communities to respond to individuals at risk, and to build suicide prevention initiatives locally that best fit the community’s need.
iQ iii July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. What is the message behind this campaign?
In May 2008, the US House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Mental Health Awareness Month. Ms. Campbell is an accomplished author, advocate, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and national spokesperson, who passed away November 2006. The resolution was passed in recognition that: improved access to mental health treatment and services and public awareness of mental illness are of paramount importance, and this annual campaign would enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities. In New Hampshire, NAMI NH partners every year with a culturally focused community based organization to promote the campaign and encourage help seeking.
iQ iii We have heard that you have a new role in your life; can you tell us about that?
Yes, I am mom to a beautiful 8 ½ month old little girl named Sofia. I enjoy being a mom and re-discovering the world, and all of its wonders through Sofia’s experiences.
How did you first learn about NAMI NH and how long have you been involved with the organization?