I work for a vocational rehabilitation program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. We assist individuals reach their vocational goals of going back to work and school. I have been with this program for two and a half years and have learned the meaning of hope. I have witnessed first-hand individuals go from a place of fear to a place of personal empowerment. Mental Illness is one of the most stigmatized conditions a person can be diagnosed with and everyday they fight not only their symptoms, but also society. I work side by side with some of the most intelligent, capable, kind, and welcoming individuals in the Southbridge community and they are all diagnosed with diseases that are otherwise deemed as negative. My professional goal is to combat the stigma associated with Mental Illness and promote a more inclusive society: the way the world should be.
I am participating because I truly believe in the mission of the No Evil Project. We all have labels but those labels don't make us who we are. What makes us who we are is how we treat each other.