Recently I posted about ETD's new Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB), what went on at our first meeting, and how excited we are to have added so many energized, informed mental health professionals to our organizational family.
Today I would like to share a guest post with you from one of our MHAB members, Lisa Sniderman. Lisa is a Community Support Specialist at Thresholds, Illinois’ oldest and largest organization delivering services to people with severe mental illness. She shared with me her reasons for participating in the board. ~Jessica
As a social worker in the mental-health field, it is easy to get absorbed in the conundrums of clients' problems and the quotidian stressors of the job itself. It is, by the same token, easy to forget the passion and joy that drove me to do this work in the first place.
Participating in the ETD Advisory Board exalts my spirit in two ways. First, it is intensely moving to watch real stories of life with mental illness become terrific pieces of theater--moving those stories from personal pain into social good. Second, it is exciting to be part of shaping the future of ETD, an organization that truly is "erasing the distance" between the world in which I work and the world in which we all live.
Breaking stigma and building understanding are important to me in both my personal and professional life, and with ETD I feel I can participate in a far larger effort than is possible in my day-to-day work!