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Krystalynn Kado, Former PK Peer Support Specialist, Named Outstanding Youth Consumer Advocate

May 14, 2014

Mental Health America of Hawai`i’s Annual Luncheon Mahalo Award Winners – See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.sEZh9bOj.dpuf
Krystalynn Kado
Outstanding Youth Mental Health Consumer Advocate
Krystalynn Kado

Krystalynn Kado is no stranger to adversity. She has firsthand experience with trauma, mental illness and loss. She overcame a difficult adolescence during which she struggled with anger, bullying, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm, as well as the tragic suicide of a close family member.


Middle school was the worst time, as it is for many kids. She was bullied. She started feeling mad at the world, and that everyone was against her. She hated school. She didn’t talk to her family – she felt no one would understand.

Her life improved during high school, and she graduated from Kapolei High School in 2011 summa cum laude.

For the past two years, Krystalynn has worked at the Department of Health’s Project Kealahou, which helps girls who have experienced trauma. Krystalynn was a Peer support specialist, because these girls can relate much better to another young woman who looks like her, thinks like her, and has been through similar experiences. Krystalynn has also trained hundreds of social service providers on how to work with youth and families with trauma histories.

Today she works at PACT – Parents and Children Together – as a home visitor for mothers of newborns. She is also studying at Leeward Community College, working towards obtaining master degree in psychology and social work.

At 21, Krystalynn is very proud to be financially independent- she has a great job, a car, an apartment….. and a boyfriend! Hers is truly a success story of hope and healing.

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.sEZh9bOj.dpuf

Krystalynn Kado

Krystalynn Kado is no stranger to adversity. She has firsthand experience with trauma, mental illness and loss. She overcame a difficult adolescence during with she struggled with anger, bullying, depression, suicidal thoughts and self-harm, as well as the tragic suicide of a close family member.

Middle school was the worst time, as it is for many kids. She was bullied. She started feeling mad at the world and that everyone was against her. She hated school. She didn’t talk to her family — she felt no one would understand. Her life improved during high school, and graduated from Kapolei High School in 2011 summa cum laude.

For the past two years, Krystalynn has worked at the Department of Health’s Project Kealahou, which helps girls who have experienced trauma. Krystalynn was a peer support specialist, because these girls can relate much better to another young woman who looks like her, thinks like her and has been though similar experiences. Krystalynn has also trained hundreds of social service providers on how to work with youth and families with trauma histories.

Today she works at PACT — Parents and Children Together — as a home visitor for mothers of newborns. She is also studying at Leeward Community College, working towards obtaining a master’s degree in psychology and social work.

At 21, Krystalynn is very proud to be financially independent — she has a great job, a car, an apartment… And a boyfriend! Hers is truly a success story of hope and healing.

http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.TdP4OCOL.dpuf

Outstanding Youth Mental Health Consumer Advocate
Outstanding Youth Mental Health Consumer Advocate
Outstanding Youth Mental Health Consumer Advocate

 

Krystalynn Kado is no stranger to adversity. She has firsthand experience with trauma, mental illness and loss. She overcame a difficult adolescence during which she struggled with anger, bullying, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm, as well as the tragic suicide of a close family member.


Middle school was the worst time, as it is for many kids. She was bullied. She started feeling mad at the world, and that everyone was against her. She hated school. She didn’t talk to her family – she felt no one would understand.

Her life improved during high school, and she graduated from Kapolei High School in 2011 summa cum laude.

For the past two years, Krystalynn has worked at the Department of Health’s Project Kealahou, which helps girls who have experienced trauma. Krystalynn was a Peer support specialist, because these girls can relate much better to another young woman who looks like her, thinks like her, and has been through similar experiences. Krystalynn has also trained hundreds of social service providers on how to work with youth and families with trauma histories.

Today she works at PACT – Parents and Children Together – as a home visitor for mothers of newborns. She is also studying at Leeward Community College, working towards obtaining master degree in psychology and social work.

At 21, Krystalynn is very proud to be financially independent- she has a great job, a car, an apartment….. and a boyfriend! Hers is truly a success story of hope and healing.

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.sEZh9bOj.dpuf

Krystalynn Kado is no stranger to adversity. She has firsthand experience with trauma, mental illness and loss. She overcame a difficult adolescence during which she struggled with anger, bullying, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm, as well as the tragic suicide of a close family member.


Middle school was the worst time, as it is for many kids. She was bullied. She started feeling mad at the world, and that everyone was against her. She hated school. She didn’t talk to her family – she felt no one would understand.

Her life improved during high school, and she graduated from Kapolei High School in 2011 summa cum laude.

For the past two years, Krystalynn has worked at the Department of Health’s Project Kealahou, which helps girls who have experienced trauma. Krystalynn was a Peer support specialist, because these girls can relate much better to another young woman who looks like her, thinks like her, and has been through similar experiences. Krystalynn has also trained hundreds of social service providers on how to work with youth and families with trauma histories.

Today she works at PACT – Parents and Children Together – as a home visitor for mothers of newborns. She is also studying at Leeward Community College, working towards obtaining master degree in psychology and social work.

At 21, Krystalynn is very proud to be financially independent- she has a great job, a car, an apartment….. and a boyfriend! Hers is truly a success story of hope and healing.

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.sEZh9bOj.dpuf

Outstanding Youth Mental Health Consumer Advocate
Krystalynn Kado

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.sEZh9bOj.dpuf

Outstanding Youth Mental Health Consumer Advocate
Krystalynn Kado

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.sEZh9bOj.dpuf

Krystalynn Kado is no stranger to adversity. She has firsthand experience with trauma, mental illness and loss. She overcame a difficult adolescence during which she struggled with anger, bullying, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm, as well as the tragic suicide of a close family member.


Middle school was the worst time, as it is for many kids. She was bullied. She started feeling mad at the world, and that everyone was against her. She hated school. She didn’t talk to her family – she felt no one would understand.

Her life improved during high school, and she graduated from Kapolei High School in 2011 summa cum laude.

For the past two years, Krystalynn has worked at the Department of Health’s Project Kealahou, which helps girls who have experienced trauma. Krystalynn was a Peer support specialist, because these girls can relate much better to another young woman who looks like her, thinks like her, and has been through similar experiences. Krystalynn has also trained hundreds of social service providers on how to work with youth and families with trauma histories.

Today she works at PACT – Parents and Children Together – as a home visitor for mothers of newborns. She is also studying at Leeward Community College, working towards obtaining master degree in psychology and social work.

At 21, Krystalynn is very proud to be financially independent- she has a great job, a car, an apartment….. and a boyfriend! Hers is truly a success story of hope and healing.

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.sEZh9bOj.dpuf

Krystalynn Kado
Outstanding Youth Mental Health Consumer Advocate
Krystalynn Kado

Krystalynn Kado is no stranger to adversity. She has firsthand experience with trauma, mental illness and loss. She overcame a difficult adolescence during which she struggled with anger, bullying, depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm, as well as the tragic suicide of a close family member.


Middle school was the worst time, as it is for many kids. She was bullied. She started feeling mad at the world, and that everyone was against her. She hated school. She didn’t talk to her family – she felt no one would understand.

Her life improved during high school, and she graduated from Kapolei High School in 2011 summa cum laude.

For the past two years, Krystalynn has worked at the Department of Health’s Project Kealahou, which helps girls who have experienced trauma. Krystalynn was a Peer support specialist, because these girls can relate much better to another young woman who looks like her, thinks like her, and has been through similar experiences. Krystalynn has also trained hundreds of social service providers on how to work with youth and families with trauma histories.

Today she works at PACT – Parents and Children Together – as a home visitor for mothers of newborns. She is also studying at Leeward Community College, working towards obtaining master degree in psychology and social work.

At 21, Krystalynn is very proud to be financially independent- she has a great job, a car, an apartment….. and a boyfriend! Hers is truly a success story of hope and healing.

- See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.sEZh9bOj.dpuf

Mental Health America of Hawai`i’s Annual Luncheon Mahalo Award Winners – See more at: http://www.mentalhealthamericanofhawaii.wildapricot.org/award-winners#sthash.sEZh9bOj.dpuf



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