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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)


Young Adults and Mental Health Recovery: Perspectives on Social Inclusion and Acceptance

One of the most important factors in recovery is the understanding, acceptance, and support of friends. The information shared in this webcast can help young people learn about the experience of young adults with mental health problems and can provide them with information on what they can do to support their friends who are experiencing these issues. 

In this presentation, Lloyd Hale and Ashley Panaggio share their personal stories.  They talk about their experiences with mental health problems and what it takes to recover.  They share their stories of strength, resiliency, and hope, and about the importance of support from their friends, their families, and their communities.  Most of all, these heartfelt presentations carry a message of hope for young adults so that they too can get on the road to recovery from mental illnesses and live a full and productive life.

The SAMHSA ADS Center has developed this Webcast as an educational tool for young adults, their peers, family members, and other individuals working to support young people (such as providers, advocates, and policymakers).

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Ashley Panaggio
Mental Health Association of Central Florida

Ashley Panaggio is a 23 year old woman who served as the spokesperson for the Mental Health Association of Central Florida’s (MHACF) 2007 Campaign for Mental Health Recovery State Implementation Project. As a college student who experienced depression, Ashley is able to relate to the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery’s purpose of educating young people about the importance of supporting their friends with a mental health condition. In her work with MHACF, Ms. Panaggio said, “After suffering and recovering from depression during my sophomore and junior years in college, I have worked to decrease the negative beliefs associated with depression as well as increase awareness and prevention of youth depression.”

Lloyd Hale
South Carolina SHARE

Lloyd Hale is a 27 year old African American male living with mental illness. He is a member of South Carolina SHARE (SC SHARE) who sought information about recovery and became involved in their 2007 Campaign for Mental Health Recovery State Implementation project.  Lloyd’s involvement with the SC SHARE CMHR project began while taking a recovery class in which he was asked what he dreamed of doing with his life. He replied that he wanted to be motivational speaker. With this information SC Share CMHR project coordinators involved him in the CMHR project and provided him with the opportunity to learn how to become a motivational speaker.  The organization worked closely with him to develop his presentation skills and they created business cards and flyers to make him an official motivational speaker for young people in South Carolina. Lloyd has shared his recovery story with several church youth groups and at various community events at middle schools and high schools.  According to Lloyd’s philosophy, the more tools and instruments he can master, the more proficient he will be in helping others; in the same way he was helped.


For additional information on the Campaign for Mental Health Recovery, contact the Campaign Liaison:

Ruth Montag
Telephone: 240-744-7062

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This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.