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Mental Health Assn's new leader draws on personal experiences to guide his work

Mar 12, 2018

Chacku Mathai
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The new leader of Rochester's Mental Health Association understands what it's like to be an immigrant who doesn't always feel welcome in a community.

He also knows what it's like to be bullied and battle addiction.

Chacku Mathai is drawing on his own life experiences for guidance as he works to address the mental health needs of the community.

Click on the LISTEN link above to hear Mathai talk about his personal history and how it will inform his work.  He also talks about how mental health access and screening fit into the national conversation about gun violence.