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Mental Health America of Hawaii Awards Luncheon

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Kathy Sheffield of Kalaheo was recently honored by Mental Health America of Hawaii as “Outstanding Family Advocate” for the State of Hawaii. She traveled to Oahu to receive the honor at the annual Mahalo Awards Luncheon, held at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu. She was nominated by the Executive Director and Treasurer of NAMI Hawaii for the honor. Kathy is the founder and program director of NAMI Kauai, which became an affiliate of NAMI Hawaii in September of 2014.


For over 70 years, Mental Health America of Hawaii has been Hawaii’s leading mental health education and advocacy program. They educate and organize the community to enhance mental wellness for all Hawaii people. Through their leadership, they expand mental health awareness, understanding, and action. They advocate to ensure that people with mental health problems have the quality services they deserve.


Kathy was additionally presented citations at the luncheon by the Hawaii State Legislature and Senator 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.


Kathy 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. More information about NAMI programs can be found on the internet at NAMI Kauai.



Kathy Sheffield receives “Outstanding Family Advocate of Hawaii” award from Marya Gambs, Executive Director, Mental Health America of Hawaii.

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