“Housing…employment…daytime structure. There needs to be something for people in between all those medical appointments in order to really have a positive meaningful life.” - Guest Mary Guerrera, Exec. director
After hospitalization - what? Many people with mental health issues, and their families, struggle to find answers to that question.
What would true support and community look like? What is possible?
Fellowship Place in New Haven, CT has the following mission statement:
To serve adults living with mental illness by offering a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life.
Our guest today is Mary Guerrara, Executive Director of Fellowship Place.
Terms to know:
HUD = Housing and Urban Development
NAMI = National Alliance on Mental Illness
NIMBY = “not in my back yard”
Quotes: from Mary
“You can’t take no for an answer”
“The most significant thing that I have found in my career is how you can't just rely on the government, you can't just rely on professionals, you really need a partnership.”
“Families can advocate for more funding to be able to develop projects that combine all of these elements: affordability, support services, and a peer support network.”
“There needs to be something for people in between all those medical appointments in order to really have a positive meaningful life.”
Who Are the 3 Moms?
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Randye Kaye -Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (“Ben Behind his Voices”)
Miriam Feldman – Artist, Mom, Author “He Came in With It”
Mindy Greiling – member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. Activist, Legislator, Author (“Fix What You Can“)