Meet The Mentors

Sue Keiley

Sue

I used to think that depression was my destiny. Even though my journey was long and difficult, my life turned a corner. After meeting other young adults who struggled with their mental health, I was able to see that recovery is possible. Without my experiences, I would not be the courageous person I am today. My passion, dedication, and strong work ethic, have influenced my career in human services. I want to be a role model for other young adults. Today, I try yo educate young adults by applying the advocacy skills I have learned, to assist them in creating am meaningful life. skeiley@eliotchs.org

Thomas Castelline

Thomas

Everyone has hard times in their life. Having a mental illness is definitely hard to face and to recover from. When I was in treatment I used to always think about wanting to help people. Now as a Peer Mentor I have a very positive, unique, and supportive role to play in the lives of our members. Sharing and relating my lived experience, utilizing my wellness tools such as identifying goals and strengths makes me feel like I’m making a difference in the lives of our young adults. Hopefully my story will offer hope and inspiration and allow the young adult to feel less intimidated about talking about what they went through. My motto is “Never give up hope “, no matter how tough life can get. Having pride in my recovery and making a positive connection with young adults will hopefully encourage and inspire them. Having a mental illness doesn’t define you.  Your hopes and dreams and what you want to do with your life and having courage to make something of yourself defines you.
tcastelline@eliotchs.org