Step Up is delighted to pay tribute to Step Up’s “Founding Mother,” Susan Dempsay. Susan is emblematic of the work going on across the country to ensure that all individuals experiencing mental health issues will have the opportunity to experience recovery and thrive. Through the years, Susan’s reassurances have given new heart, and a stiffened spine, to many a mother. At the root of that ability to calm, and speak with authority, was Susan’s utter immersion into the everyday world of individuals affected by mental illness. Susan knew her subject, because she walked the journey with her own child. Today Step Up commemorates Susan – and all the amazing mothers – and gives each of us reasons for hope, as well as strength for the journey.
“After I found Step Up I started focusing on my education. I met Emma and Christina at Step Up, the way they helped me was so generous and sweet…”