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Trez Buckland, PhD '09, honored with mental health advocacy award


Date: June 4, 2013
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

Helen Teresa “Trez” Buckland, PhD '09, was honored at Navos Mental Health’s annual Bigger than Breakfast event with the Expanding Horizons award in recognition for her pioneering efforts to support recovery and eliminate the stigma for young adults who live with the challenges of mental illness.

Buckland has pioneered a model of Appreciative Living groups and interventions to better inform the public of potential for recovery in a campaign to fight the stigma of mental illness.  Navos also honors her courage in sharing her own family’s story publically as a means to help countless other families; Trez is the mother to a son who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia and with her son has shared their story in multiple venues, including a recent interview on KUOW Radio.

“The young adults with mental illness who partner with me in the Appreciative Living Learning Circles are the most courageous, generous and engaging individuals,” said Buckland. “They are models of tenacity and hope, they teach us what it means to be compassionate, and they inspire us to be the best we can be. Each year I recruit young adults enrolled in local universities who are interested in gaining communication skills working with young adults with mental illness. It has been a phenomenal experience for those who have chosen to make a commitment to the project. This summer we have plans to begin a mindfulness meditation group in addition to a walking group, Interplay, and knitting group.” If you are interested in learning more about the project, you can contact Trez at

Trez currently works in BNHS as a Project Director for Susanna Cunningham’s On-line Neuroscience Education About Drug Addiction grant, a research coordinator for Peg Heitkemper and Monica Jarrett’s IBS grant, and as clinical faculty member in the School of Nursing and School of Public Health.  

The Expanding Horizons Award honors an individual who supports mental health recovery and eliminates stigma for people who live with the challenges of mental illness.  Past recipients of the award included Dr. Jenn Stuber of the University of Washington School of Social Work and Margaret Larsen, King 5 host for the New Day program for her series on Turning Stigma into Hope, a mental health advocacy campaign. Learn more here.


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