NAMI Teacher and Volunteer Wins ‘I am the Evidence’ Award

NAMI Teacher and Volunteer Wins ‘I am the Evidence’ Award

On May 23, NAMI teacher and volunteer, Rick Albertson, won the Mental Health Association’s (MHA) “I am the Evidence Award.”

Rick receives his award from MHA Director, Bill Grove.

The “I am the Evidence” Award is awarded to an Erie County mental health consumer who is a great example of working to overcome their mental health issues to pursue recovery and living a meaningful life of their choosing. This is the seventh year the MHA has put out the award. This year, four individuals received the award.

Rick began volunteering at NAMI in the fall of 2016 when he became a mentor for our Peer-to-Peer program. Rick has experienced a significant level of recovery and is able to lead the class through difficult discussions and interactive workshops. Rick has a balanced treatment plan that has allowed him to take on leadership opportunities, and he is always striving to better himself so that he can help more mental health consumers. Rick is a Certified Peer Specialist and meets with consumers on a regular basis to help them on their road to recovery. Rick’s efforts on behalf of NAMI of Erie County have helped numerous mental health consumers on their recovery journey. Congratulations, Rick!