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New executive director for local mental health branch


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TRURO – The local Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) will soon have a new executive director.

Susan Henderson, 46, will take over the Colchester East Hants branch from Crystal Hill on Nov. 1.

"I'm super excited," said Henderson, an Old Barnes resident who has been working with the John Howard Society of Nova Scotia's restorative program. "Mental health issues can strike anyone ... no one is immune to it."

Henderson's goals as executive director of the CMHA include building community partnerships, gaining a greater understanding of community resources as well as "gaps in services and how to fill them."

Hill has been with the CMHA for 14 years and held the executive director position for a year. She is leaving for employment in the social work field, but will continue to offer the CMHA's mental health first aid course.

Hill is pleased Henderson will be her successor.

"Susan used to sit on our board ... she has been in a management position and is well known in this community," said Hill.

The CMHA has been operating locally for more than 20 years. It has a staff of 26, offers help to more than 100 mental health consumers and operates two small options homes. The organization also offers a variety of programs, including a friendship club, and does regular fundraising.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

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