Battling the Storm Within

Monday, November 3, 2014

Stigma: Breaking the cycle of mental health perception

Labels are for jars, not people.”   
That’s what peer support specialist Cathy Karwatski repeats to herself and to the men and women in her support group.

At Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services, she works daily with adults diagnosed with mental health disorders, helping them develop goals and objectives.

“You see so much negative with mental health issues and we just want to bring the positive,” she said. “So many people who don’t get to apply themselves are so creative, so intelligent.”

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