A journey from dark days of mental health institutionalization and repeated electroconvulsive therapy treatments, to a successful advocacy career.
Karl Shallowhorn is the Director of Community Advocacy for the Mental Health Association of Erie County and Compeer Buffalo. He is a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and Certified Peer Specialist. Karl is the author of Working on Wellness: A Practical Guide to Mental Health (2010), is a contributing writer and blogger for BP magazine, and also writes his own blog, The Hope Shot. He is the Chair of Affiliate Relations for the Mental Health Association in New York State Board of Directors, and serves on the Erie County Mental Hygiene Community Services Board, the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network and the 4th and Forever Foundation.