b'IMPACT REPORTFISCAL YEAR2019We See YouL to R: Some of MHAs Storytellers:Iris Esguerra, Danielle Rogers, Jim Dukes, Rachel Rosenfeld and Missy Willis A LETTER FROM MHAS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KATHY ROGERSWe See You.Three lovelyWhat is inspiring about these storytellers is their words full of empathy andopenness and their willingness to be vulnerable and understanding. At Mental Healthbrave at the same time. Their underlying message: America of Central Carolinas,SEE ME, the human not the label.our aspiration for 2020 is to create a community where we truly SEE those around us, that we see Throughout this Impact Report, you will meet MHA the good, the bad, the joy, the painwe truly seestorytellers and learn more about the strides MHA the humanity in those we work with, live with andmade in 2018-2019. As we move forward in 2020, share a community with.we remain committed to educating the community about issues relating to mental health so that we So often someone who is living with a mental healthSEE the one in five in our community who are living diagnosis has lost their ability to see how beautifulwith a mental health diagnosis as a human first they are and, as a society, we have for many yearsthat we continue to fulfill our mission of providing labeled people by their diagnosis so that they beginhelp, offering hope and promoting mental wellness to identify as bipolar, schizophrenic, etc. Peoplethrough advocacy, education and prevention in who have a mental health diagnosis are often Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties.more vulnerable to stigma and discrimination,which further erodes their self-worth. MHA isWe See You,fortunate to have volunteer storytellers who have found the courage to tell their story about living with a mental health diagnosis, or being a survivorof a suicide attempt, or sharing the grief and loss Executive Directorof losing someone to suicide.'