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Kihei resident will receive Mental Health mahalo award

Woman supports others in community

Kihei resident Tara Reed is among six honorees from around the state who are scheduled to be feted May 14 when Mental Health America of Hawaii has its 15th annual Mental Health Mahalo Awards Luncheon at the Ala Moana Hotel Hibiscus Room on Oahu.

The event will celebrate community leaders, advocates, and organizations that have dedicated themselves to promoting mental wellness and improving the care of people with mental health issues through positive and innovative programs and leadership.

Reed will be honored as an Outstanding Adult Mental Health Consumer Advocate. A 45-year-old mother of three, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in social work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has continued to support others who, like herself, have lived with mental health issues. She sees herself as a grassroots organizer creating working relationships with Maui’s adult high risk populations.

Reed was nominated for her strong presence in the Maui community, holding a position on The Governor’s Area Service Board for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, serving as chairperson of the board, while advocating for others.

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