A remarkable advocate for mental health
With her mental health advocacy only beginning in earnest in 2005, Mona’s passion, skills and and conviction helped accomplish much in just eight years. She was the spark and driving force that brought Crisis Intervention Team Training for law enforcement officers to our area and served on the state committee working to bring CIT to other areas. She served on the local and state boards of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and was a member of Western Highlands Consumer and Family Advisory Council and Buncombe County Justice Advisory Group.
As important to her service on those groups were the countless things she did behind the scenes things to promote awareness and change the status quo of how society deals with mental illness – pulling together resource materials for legislators, promoting the work of mental health nonprofits, arranging radio interviews of local psychiatrists and advocates, helping arrange community forums and personally reaching out to individuals with mental health diagnoses and family members to offer support and hope.