Name: Carly Hester
Role at NAMI Philly: Manager
What is your relationship to mental health? I personally have my own mental health journey that today I am able to openly share with others. Sharing my story has been such a healing experience and something I will continue to do. I consider myself to be a person who is growing and overcoming each and every day. I am also a friend and family member of individuals living with mental illness and will forever be the best advocate I can be.
What is your most effective coping skill? Positive affirmations and quiet reflection.
What does recovery mean to you? To me, recovery means consciously waking up and choosing, joy, health and hope and not letting my past define who I am.
What is the best way to start your day? Coffee, quiet time and then a good podcast on my way to the office!
What three words best describe you? Bold. Resilient. Tenacious.
Other than mental health, what is a subject you are passionate about? Foster care and adoption! I am a proud foster momma!
What is your favoriteice cream flavor? I have never met an ice cream I did not like, but if I HAD to pick, I would pick Java Chip or some sort of coffee flavor!
Name: Amy Federer
Role at NAMI Philly: NAMI Philadelphia Office and Special Project Coordinator
What is your relationship to mental health? I openly discuss my mental health history because I was so long in the dark about it. I felt so lost for a long time that now I feel it’s the responsible thing to do to help others know that there is hope and help.
What is your most effective coping skill? I need to speak openly about how I feel. Always.
What does recovery mean to you? To me recovery means a constant process of making yourself a better version of yourself and not giving up.
What is the best way to start your day? The best way to start my day is to wake up to a goodbye kiss from my boyfriend, get a big hug from my son and making my bed right away.
What three words best describe you? Honest. Trustworthy. Dependable.
Other than mental health, what is a subject you are passionate about? I am also passionate about all different kinds of music. Music makes my heart happy and takes away my stress.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Please don’t judge me... I do not like ice cream!
Name: Becca Lane
Role at NAMI Philly: Ending the Silence Coordinator
What is your relationship to mental health? I live with mental health conditions such as Bipolar II disorder, ADHD, PTSD, and am a grateful recovering alcoholic and addict. I am an active participant in my recovery and dedicate my time using my own experience to help others. I run our teen mental health awareness education program, Ending the Silence, which involves going out to local schools and youth programs to talk about my own personal recovery journey as well as educate the teens about identifying warning signs and how to find help for themselves and their friends. I struggled severely with my mental illness during my teen years, so it’s incredibly rewarding for me to show teens that help is available and that they are not alone.
What is your most effective coping skill? Meditation and reaching out to my support system.
What does recovery mean to you? I view recovery as each step I take away from a point of crisis and towards a life full of hope and happiness.
Best way to start my day: A large cup of french vanilla coffee, a hot shower and a guided meditation with positive affirmations.
What three words best describe you? Resilient. Compassionate. Warrior.
Other than mental health, what is a subject you are passionate about? Game of Thrones.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? This is a trick question. I don’t discriminate.