Lorraine Williams was the long-time face of the Comprehensive Recovery Services (CRS) Outpatient Clinic at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital.
During her 25 years at UPMC, Lorraine received various awards for her outstanding service. She consistently went the extra mile to serve patients and staff. After retiring, she returned to CRS as a volunteer. To her colleagues, she was the heart of the clinic.
Lorraine always expressed how much her work meant to her.
She herself survived mental health crises and managed her recovery daily, often citing her work as crucial to that process.
She identified as a mental health peer, a person passionate about sharing her story to teach, inspire, and advocate for others with mental illness.
To honor Lorraine, a scholarship has been established in her name. Now, her legacy can defray educational and training costs on behalf of CRS clients pursuing professional or academic opportunities.
The scholarship will reward eligible persons served by CRS who are making advancements in their mental health recovery through pursuit of educational or vocational training. The Lorraine Williams Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipient from nominations by CRS staff.
The scholarship is funded by the Making Minds Matter at UPMC Western Behavioral Health Fund, supporting patient experiences and employee education.
Unique sponsor opportunities are available for individuals and businesses for Making Minds Matter at UPMC Western Behavioral Health. For additional information, call 412-864-3519 or email MakingMindsMatter@upmc.edu.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, one in every five Americans experiences mental illness.
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