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    Author: Dan Osborne

    Category: The Pulse 2019, The Pulse - 2019.13 Issue 13

    Gilead Community Services: Who Will You Walk For?

    FOR PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE A MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION, the process of recovery and healing can take months, years or, for some, a lifetime. After working at Gilead Community Services for the last 17 years, I have come to understand that the path to recovery from a mental health condition is almost never straight, fast or smooth. That is why, at Gilead, we attempt to meet the needs of each person as we work with them to find their way through their own unique experience of coping with and recovering from the significant impact of a mental health condition.

    Since 1968, Gilead has helped transform thousands of lives in Middlesex County, many of whom are your neighbors, friends, and family members. You probably know someone with a mental health condition and don’t even realize it, because 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. We believe that every person should be treated with dignity and cared for with compassion. That is why we dedicate our energy and our resources to providing high quality services such as housing, clinical support, and skills teaching to help people who experience mental health conditions. We offer opportunities for the people we serve to build trusting relationships, improve their quality of life and perhaps most importantly, regain hope that had been lost. We bring respect, openness and honesty to our encounters with clients, families, coworkers and community members.

    On Sunday, April 7th, over 400 Gilead staff, clients, family members, and community members will be running or walking to bring awareness to the need for Mental Health Services in our community. Because mental health needs are so common, we all have a story of how Mental Health has touched our lives. This year, to celebrate the courage and hard work that goes into each individual’s unique recovery process, we have decided to tell our stories and share who we are walking for. We would love to have you join us on April 7th and tell us who YOU are walking for.

    If you would like to run or walk with us please go here and follow the “Join Team Gilead” link.

    If you would like to financially support this event, please go here.

    Read about who I am walking for below:

    Editor’s Note: Dan Osborne, LCSW, teaches WEFC’s  Middle School students on Sunday mornings, and is CEO of Gilead Community Services.