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Mental health is like physical health – we all have it. Speakers: Kim Lee & Sara Kendall, MSW, LICSW of Mental Health Association, Inc.

When we’re not feeling well physically, we reach out for help from a health professional with rarely a second thought. But what about when we’re not feeling well emotionally? While we should be just as willing to reach out for help, most of us are not. And what about when a family member, friend or co-worker, seems low? How we can reach out and help, even if we’re not licensed counselors? Members of the leadership team from the Mental Health Association (MHA) discuss a simple approach for helping: Ask, Support, and Recommend.

About Our Speakers

image of Kimberley Lee, Vice President of Resource Development & Branding, Mental Health AssociationKimberley Lee, Vice President of Resource Development & Branding

Kim Lee is an experienced builder of collaborative relationships that support strong, inclusive and productive communities. As a leader in several nonprofit organizations, Kim has advocated for the populations served through constant policy influence at the local, community and state level, leading to effective government/non-profit relationships and satisfied customers. During a career spanning three decades, Kim has demonstrated consistent achievement in managing resources, building strategic corporate, state and nonprofit alliances, identifying and tapping new revenue sources, and working to implement innovative solutions delivered through non-profit businesses. Along the way she has built extensive relationships with her peers in non-profit and for-profit organizations, with municipal and state government officials, and with local and regional media. Kim began her career as a communication specialist and found her niche in the non-profit sector, where she has held a variety of senior and executive positions in Marketing, Advancement, and Development. She is currently Vice President of Development for MHA, Inc. (Mental Health Association) providing a broad range of high quality, community-oriented human services to 400 adolescents, adults, and their families each year. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Westfield State College. Kim is married to Kevin Lee and they have two teenage daughters.

image of Sara Kendall, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Mental Health AssociationSara Kendall, Vice President of Clinical Operations

Sara Kendall joined MHA in November 2018. She has practiced in the fields of mental health and substance use disorders over the course of two decades, with a focus on youth and families, individuals experiencing serious and persistent mental illness and those experiencing co-occurring diagnoses, as well as responding to individual, programmatic and community trauma. Sara brings substantial leadership, quality, compliance, licensing and accreditation experience. She has an expansive background in teaching, training, supervising and providing consultation to professionals and programs in the behavioral health realm. Sara has an MSW in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University and is a Licensed Clinical Independent Social Worker.