Outstanding Family Advocate

LIHUE — Kathy Sheffield of Kalaheo was recently honored by Mental Health America of Hawaii as “Outstanding Family Advocate” for the state of Hawaii.

Sheffield is the founder and program director of NAMI Kauai, which became an affiliate of NAMI Hawaii in September 2014.

She traveled to Oahu to receive the honor at the annual Mahalo Awards Luncheon, held at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu. She was nominated by the executive director and treasurer of NAMI Hawaii for the honor.

For over 70 years, Mental Health America of Hawaii has been Hawaii’s leading mental health education and advocacy program.

The group works to educate the community to enhance mental wellness for all Hawaii people’ expand mental health awareness, understanding and action; and advocate to ensure that people with mental health problems have the quality services they deserve.

Sheffield was also presented a certificate at the luncheon by the Legislature and Sen. Brian Schatz for her volunteer work as a family advocate in raising awareness of mental health issues and reducing the stigma attached to this disease.

Sheffield serves as a family advocate in the Kauai court system, is a NAMI family-to-family certified teacher and a certified NAMI support group facilitator.


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