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May 10, 2016

Mental Health and Meaningful Work Make for a Wonderful Life

Category: General — NYSID @ 2:16 pm

Richard Sullivan understands that hard work and perseverance are the keys to success. He is among several William B. Joslin Award recipients who have overcome mental health issues to become successful, satisfied workers on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.

Richard Sullivan feels valued in his work with Human Technologies and demonstrates success in the face of mental illness

In April 2014, Richard’s name was sent to Human Technologies from his mental health provider, Mental Health Connections, as a potential employee. He was hired by Human Technologies as a janitor to fulfill the NYSID contract at the Frankfort DDSO.

Richard felt that his life had taken a wonderful turn and, since the beginning of his time with Human Technologies, he feels that he can contribute and be appreciated for the work that he does. Additionally, he strives to be an invaluable employee through his willingness to help with other NYSID cleaning contracts.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month 2016, and this year’s theme, “Life with a Mental Illness,” calls upon individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and videos, using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike

Posting with the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike allows people to speak up about their own experiences, to share their point of view with individuals who may be struggling to explain what they are going through –– and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness.

Sharing is the key to breaking down the discrimination and stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and to show others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms.

For over 65 years, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings.

NYSID celebrates the efforts of MHA and our member agencies and private sector business partners to help create more inclusive communities for individuals with mental health issues.


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