As a volunteer with Louisville’s Bridgehaven Mental Health Services, I gave back to the local community in a way that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve had several caregivers, close friends, and loved ones who have been impacted by mental illness, and I’m passionate about the need to change our country’s mental health system. I’m very grateful to DDW and Louisville’s Metro United Way for the opportunity to connect with Bridgehaven Mental Health Services as a way to give back to the Kentucky and Indiana communities. I was a Table Captain for Bridgehaven’s breakfast fundraiser on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, which focused on recovering from mental illness. Table #38 in event room 3 at Mellwood Arts Center. We learned about a great Metro United Way organization over breakfast!

Louisville citizens were able to enjoy a free breakfast from 8:00am-9:00am at the beautiful Mellwood Arts Center. This venue sparks imagination and has always meant a lot to me. My aunt and a dear friend have both had art studios at Mellwood over the years, and my husband and I nearly chose Mellwood as our wedding venue. During the event, Bridgehaven educated the public on their services and actual Louisvillians shared their experiences benefitting from the wonderful services Bridgehaven offers. Best of all, my table was able to fundraise hundreds of dollars towards outpatient mental health services, which strive to rehabilitate individuals with mental illness back into Kentucky society. What a touching way to kick off the holiday season!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who came out for the Bridgehaven breakfast this morning. I know it was super early on a weekday and some of you drove from out of town (or even out of state). Most of you donated money, regardless of your own financial situation, or signed up to volunteer or help in other ways, and that means a lot. It’s great seeing wonderful people working together for the benefit of everyone.