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May 24, 2016

Ronald McBride is All Smiles and No Regrets #mentalillnessfeelslike

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:05 pm

Ronald McBride, known as “Smiley” among his co-workers, clearly lives up to his nickname. Always in a good mood, Ronald comes to work with a smile and the drive to always push forth and work hard.

Ronald "Smiley" McBride is yet another Joslin Outstanding Performer we're highlighting during Mental Health Awareness Month

He considers his co-workers a “brotherhood,” as he has worked with them on several other jobs over the years.

When Ronald joined Terranova Fine Landscapes, he immediately discovered his interest in the landscaping field. He currently works on the New York City Travel Crew, which services Manhattan Psychiatric Center, Glen Oaks School District, as well as other locations in New York City and Queens.

NYSID has given Ronald the opportunity to find great placement in the workforce. He came from a tough life and suffered severe depression, but you would never know it from speaking with him. “I have a good head on my shoulders. I got my life back together,” he said. “My bosses are great, my co-workers are family, and I truly feel appreciated on the job.”

May is Mental Health Awareness Month 2016. 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

Several of our 2015 William B. Joslin Award recipients, including Ronald, have overcome mental health issues to become successful, satisfied workers on NYSID Preferred Source contracts.

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.

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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