Mona Cherry is an outstanding and reliable volunteer. She gives her time at Mental Health America of Hawaii, Hawaii’s leading mental health education and advocacy organization. Their mission is to promote mental wellness through education, advocacy, and service, reduce the stigma of mental illness, and improve the overall care, treatment, and empowerment of those affected by mental illness. Volunteers like Mona help to expand mental health awareness, understanding, and action to ensure that people with mental health problems have the services they deserve.
From offering assistance at events to providing suicide prevention training, she is always there. In 2017, Mona became the first instructor for Mental Health America of Hawaii’s Youth Suicide and Bullying Prevention Program. Her dedication led to the expansion of that program throughout Maui, Molokai, and Lanai.
As a survivor of suicide loss, Mona came to the organization back in 2012 after her son’s passing. In the previous years, she has overcome obstacles, grown through her grieving process, and remained a steady volunteer. Her drive to help other survivors of suicide loss fuels her passion for raising awareness and breaking the stigma behind suicide. Mental Health America of Hawaii wishes to honor Mona for her work as a volunteer. Her efforts and commitment greatly support their organization. She helps them show other survivors that asking for help is a sign of strength and not weakness.