Mary Graham has lived in the Round Mountain and Montgomery Creek area for 33 years after growing up in Southern California. She’s a retired caregiver and school bus driver, and she currently volunteers at Circle of Friends in Burney, serving on the Steering Committee.
About 20 years ago, Mary was working long hours as a caregiver, and was extremely isolated and suffered a family loss that led to severe depression and bipolar symptoms. After finding a new doctor who prescribed more effective medications, Mary has learned to manage her mental health challenges with additional support from family, her partner and friends. She also enjoys photography and taking care of her grandchildren.
Today, Mary is a speaker for Brave Faces and Voices, presenting to support groups, nursing and medical tech classes and other community organizations.
Mary’s presentation can, depending on the audience, highlight the following topics: