Celebrating Change

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

The importance of embracing new ideas and new opportunities should never be underestimated!  MHA has always been an organization of forward thinking individuals ready to approach new pathways with vim and vigor.  With a positive outlook in hand, and a group of skills as varied as clinical expertise, financial acumen, administrative know-how, communications excellence and person to person community based organizing….the MHA staff and volunteers assist our community’s residents to embrace the importance of mental health in their lives each and every day.

MHA, its staff and volunteers—in particular our esteemed Board of Directors— are flexible, forthright, and fully engaged in the caregiver role on behalf of our clients and our organization.  And, with that “engagement” comes the knowledge that as months and years pass, change is inevitable.

As I transition from my leadership role at the Mental Health Association this June, I soundly acknowledge this group of superb individuals – and I “celebrate” them – each and every one.  Likewise, I celebrate and welcome the new “leader” of MHA – Scot Marken who is set to join MHA in June as well.  I know that with this” change” in MHA’s leadership will come new and exciting opportunities on behalf our organization and its people.

For my future, I like to think there are exciting times ahead. And, I do celebrate the possibilities!  My professional passion is certainly tied to continued advocacy on behalf of the importance of mental health throughout the life cycle, the critical role that the nonprofit sector plays in the delivery of essential mental health and social services, and in the power of community organizing on behalf of empowering individuals and families in and around our community.  So, as I embark on a future professional path – I will seek to engage in activities that help to advance these causes.  Indeed in support of my activities now and into the future, I am lucky to have a personal support system of “activists!” all – right there beside me– My husband Stephen, my son Robbie and my son Lee and daughter-in-law Valerie….These individuals Inspire me daily!

 So, for us all…New Dreams.  New Discoveries.  New Explorations.   Enjoy!!  Sharon Friedman


My Mental Health Day Thanks:

 Sharon E. Friedman, LCSW-C, is the Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health Association of Montgomery County.  After 17 years of stellar leadership, Ms. Friedman is stepping down from her post at the end of June to start a new chapter in her already extraordinary career.

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