Sandy Watson is a woman full of gratitude for the simple things she enjoys in her retirement after working in the mental health advocacy community…walking in nature with her dog Sophie, watching the seasons change. She is full of gratitude—for the people who have supported her own recovery and worked with her in advocating for quality, compassionate care for others who have a serious mental illness.
Sandy’s experience with mental illness is multi-faceted. She is a person in recovery from mental illness and addiction, has family members and friends who have faced like challenges, and has suffered great loss and sadness in her life.
It wasn’t until she realized that we can’t recover by ourselves and she allowed herself to connect with others that her recovery flourished. She opened herself to receiving hope and encouragement and built relationships that enabled her to embrace recovery. In doing so, she took the the steps that led to her inspiring leadership in the Montgomery County and the larger Pennsylvania mental health advocacy communities.
Sandy is the evidence of how feeling connected can ground.