Patricia Graham ’11

Degree: B.A., Psychology
Career: Caseworker, Family Life Resource Center/Mental Health First Aid Case Coordinator, Behavioral Health Network at The Institute of Living; Chair, Employees Council for Hartford Hospital

For Patricia Graham ’11, the decision to attend the University of Saint Joseph profoundly affected her life. “The small class sizes allowed my professors to really get to know me and help me discover my passion, leading me to a career in the field of mental health. As a student, I was able to obtain a field study at the Institute of Living, which is very rare, and I worked in various capacities with patients, as well as assisted with a research project for which I was named an author. After graduation, one of my professors advised me to volunteer at the Institute, which led to my current position.”

At the Institute, Patricia provides free outpatient services to those in the community who suffer from mental health issues, and guides families to available resources; she is one of a few in the state to be trained in Mental Health First Aid – a community-based program aimed at giving people the tools and resources to respond appropriately to mental health sufferers; and she assisted in the development of the Peer Initiative, a suicide prevention program that facilitates support through testimonials from volunteers who share their own struggles and success stories with patients.