“Being a Mental Health hero is my life’s mission.” That is what Amy once told me when we first meet up with her back in 2012. Amy was not talking about having me draw her as a caricature. No, not at all. Drawing the Mental health heroes is just for fun. By the time I met up with Amy, she was a mental health superhero 10X over. Let me just state for the record, that’s the fact for ALL the Mental Health Heroes who try their best.
The Caricatures were for fun! An oppurtunity to network and meet our peers and national/worldwide platform to tell our mental health journey and story.
You can get to know Amy via this interview, it very clear she is, was and continues to be a Mental Health Hero!
Where Are They Now: Mental Health Hero
I hope you are well! It is awesome to hear from you!
I have been teaching Social Work at Wheelock College, hoping to inspire up and coming Mental Health Heroes. I taught a summer course in Early Childhood Trauma and had MSW students train 75 providers from 30 agencies in Trauma Informed Care. A colleague from Clark University, Laurie Ross and I worked with students as part of a statewide research partnership to develop tools and interventions in youth violence. In an extensive collaboration across sectors and institutions, highlighting community voice, we created a response to violence protocol that builds resilience in early childhood and addresses the consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences. We have hired two full time Community Health Workers to help children in their homes. Another student of mine reported directly to the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Dr Mattie Castiel. He prepared a report on the barriers to accessing mental health services for MassHealth recipients. His findings were presented to the Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health with invited guest Scott Taberner, Chief of Behavioral Health and Supportive Care for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services of Massachusetts. Mr. Taberner is returning to Worcester later this month to further discuss proposed changes that will hopefully result in widespread improvement to access care for people most in need.
I won a prestigious award:
Winner, Education- Erskine Award for Women YWCA
and did a TV interview
“Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” on Early Childhood Trauma, WCCA TV-Feb 1, 2018
Thank You so much for all you do to help others- I hope your spirit is shining! Much Love!
Amy Ebbeson, MSW
Worcester Addresses Childhood Trauma Project Manager
Vice President, Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women
* Image of Amy Ebbeson published on telegram.com, used with Amy’s permission. ||
Article By Brad Petrishen of the Telegram & Gazette Staff Posted Apr 25, 2018
*This Originally Posted at Chato Stewart’s Mental Health Humor at Psych Central: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor