MHG 2018 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report
Connecting Mind, Body and Soul



President’s Message

Michelle Bostian, MHG President What an amazing year this has been! After much evaluation, the Board of Directors adopted a new name and mission statement for the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, to better align with our commitment to advancing mental wellness in the Triad. We are now Mental Health Greensboro.

Mental Health Greensboro advances mental wellness in our community through leadership, education, direct services and collaborative partnerships. We assist individuals to manage their symptoms, stay in recovery, rebuild relationships, and pursue life goals such as higher education and employment opportunities. We believe that recovery is successful when individuals take an active role in learning about their diagnoses and strategies for managing their symptoms.

Looking ahead, we are excited to be expanding programming to reach teens at risk of suicide and adults at risk of addiction relapse. New initiatives include partnering with other community service providers to improve peer support education and services, including an internship program and addiction recovery education.

Mental Health Greensboro is committed to serving all of our community, and we are grateful to the many volunteers, donors and sponsors supporting this important work.

– Michelle Bostian, MHG President

You guys are awesome! The organization is invaluable. With my insurance I wasn’t able to do intensive outpatient therapy and having the programs at MHG it’s been a necessity. Without them I would have been in crisis. They’re vital. And for them to be free makes it amazing.”

~ James S., MHG Peer


Peer Spotlight: Ormarie Ruiz

When someone is diagnosed with a mental illness, it impacts their entire family. With the help of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan class at MHG, Ormarie Ruiz developed a recovery plan which empowered her to take control of her disease. She no longer feels defined by her diagnosis, and she’s currently pursuing a counseling degree and certification as a peer support specialist. Ormarie’s teen daughter, Camille, notes the positive impact MHG programs have had on her entire family, especially her mother. Ormarie is especially proud to show her family that it is possible to live a productive and hope-filled life with a mental illness, because her daughter was also recently diagnosed with the same illness.


One-to-one peer coaching increased:


Participation in community and provider mental health education events increased:


Support group participation increased:


Peers reporting making positive life changes:



Financial Summary in 2017-2018

Revenue June 2018 June 2017
Public Support 211,304 179,219
Other Revenue 116,594 117,982
Total 327,898 297,201
Functional Expenses 297,467 287,008
Allocated Expenses 65,054 69,979
Total 344,521 356,987
Change in Assets -16,623 -59,786
Net Assets at End of Year 130,756 147,379








Thanks to a generous donation from the Cone Mills Charitable Fund, the Teens Gotta Talk teen outreach program will teach coping skills that help teens manage stressors impacting school attendance and performance. Mental health challenges can stop students from reaching their full potential, so the program promotes self-reliance, self-confidence, resiliency, and self-responsibility while empowering teens to help themselves and their peers. In addition, teens learn how to succeed in college and/or employment through organizational and time management skills.

An important part of the program is teaching teens how to talk about suicide. The suicide rate of 10-to-17-year-olds increased by 70 percent from 2006 to 2016 nationally, according to the CDC. This fall, all Greensboro Day School (GDS) freshmen participated in “Question, Persuade, Refer” (QPR) Gatekeeper training taught by MHG staff. QPR is a research-based program that helps reduce the risk of suicide.

MHG is proud to partner with GDS to bring this important training to their young students. We recognize that teens talk to teens, and QPR gives them the tools they need to talk honestly about suicide and how to get help. Open communication is a crucial first step to recognizing another’s pain and offering hopeful alternatives. GDS is the first school in our community to offer this important training. Over the coming year, MHG will offer QPR training to public and private schools throughout Guilford County.

I think the course is really informative and helpful for all people.”

~ Program participant



PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: L.I.F.T. Peer Support Internship

The L.I.F.T (Learn. Inspire. Follow. Teach) Peer Support Internship is a program that provides a mentored work environment which supplements certification requirements for new peer support specialists. The program also prepares them to teach recovery skills, facilitate support groups, and work one-on-one with peers to establish and meet recovery goals. MHG enrolled the first two interns in Fall 2017, and the second pair in June 2018. Both of the first two interns were hired by MHG to provide peer support coverage to Cone Behavioral Health Hospital.

Peer Support Specialists are people of all demographics living in recovery with mental illness and/or substance use disorder and who provide support to others going through similar situations. In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience providing peer support, interns learn about working in an office environment, how to use common tools like Microsoft Office and Outlook, how to document properly, and how to maintain their own mental health while providing support to others. The internship provides 25 continuing education credits. (20 CEUs are required every two years for re-certification.)

With financial support from the Weaver Foundation, our goal is to increase the number of interns graduated from four to eight in 2018. In response to the ongoing opioid crisis, the program will also improve peer support training for working with individuals in recovery with> substance misuse or co-occurring disorders. In the coming year, the L.I.F.T Program will incorporate new recovery techniques such as Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) Peer Support Training, train interns as certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitators, and enhance the peer recovery experience for addiction recovery.

I not only have a purpose, I now have a passion.”

~ Rick Mozena, NCCPSS