NAMI Delaware taps corporate expert to expand outreach and education | News

For 35 years, Sue Mulhern worked in American companies, managing projects for financial institutions and hospitals. After mental health diagnoses in her family and in her own life, she began to think differently about mental health and is now working to raise awareness of how workplaces, religious communities, educators and others can support its employees, members and students.

Mulhern was recently named Deputy Director of Education and Defense at NAMI Delaware, the state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He will focus on raising awareness and partnerships with businesses, organizations and government agencies to support expanded mental health programs, increase mental health education, and reduce the stigma often associated with a diagnosis.

“Sue is a great addition to the NAMI team, working to share the positive mental health message with the people and organizations that need it,” said Dr. Joshua Thomas, CEO / Executive Director of NAMI Delaware. “We are working to strengthen our partnerships to create a movement for better mental health across Delaware.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to issues of burnout, anxiety and depression, a silver lining for the tragedy, Mulhern said.

“More people are now talking about mental health diagnoses and their situations, whether it be a death in the family, a life change or COVID – or a chemical imbalance,” he said. “There are always ways we can support each other in our communities and NAMI is working to educate the public about these programs and advocate for greater access and support.”

Prior to joining NAMI Delaware, Mulhern worked in project management for ChristianaCare, T. Rowe Price, Barclays, Sallie Mae, First Data Corporation and MBNA. She also ran her own project management consulting business. She holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Delaware.

A few years ago, at Barclays, after her mental health crisis, Mulhern helped found an ongoing workplace program designed to reduce stigma and open conversations. She first connected with NAMI about 10 years ago when her adult daughter was diagnosed with mental health and joined a family support group that helped her learn more. For the past few years, she has been a volunteer with the organization’s education and outreach programs.

Mulhern said he will leverage his corporate experience in his outreach work, with a simple message for employers: “You will have a much more productive person when addressing all aspects of their health, both mental and physical,” he said. comparing workplace mental health programs to lunch and learning sessions for healthier eating. “If we have a cold, we’ll take medications and see a doctor, but if you’re feeling a little stressed or a little anxious, you may tend to ignore it rather than deal with it directly.”

Mulhern will work with employers, religious groups, rescuers and educators on partnerships and programs. Interested organizations can contact her at (302) 427-0787 or [email protected]

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