Stacee Curry, the regional manager of the Center for Mental Health outpatient clinic in Delta, was named the December 2013 Mental Health First Aid Colorado Instructor of the Month.
Curry has taught mental health first aid for two years and is certified to work with both adults and youth.
Teaching mental health first aid is a rewarding experience for Stacee. "Getting to be a part of something so invaluable to our communities is my favorite thing about mental health first aid; I get excited when I see the light bulb turn on in people's minds when they understand and become passionate about learning."
She enjoys helping people expand what they know about mental illness and empowering them to be confident in assisting others in need.
"Teaching has provided me the opportunity to be involved with something I am passionate about. Every time I teach, the audience energizes me and teaches me just as much as I teach them. Personally and professionally being an MHFA instructor has made me realize how much I love helping others learn about mental illness and how my next career goal will be to continue to do something similar full time in the future. I consider myself privileged to have been selected to teach MHFA and look forward to many more years of teaching."
Her colleagues note Stacee's dedication. They say even though she has been promoted to a much more demanding position she still continues to make mental health first aid a priority.