Mary Hyzdal lives and works in the Illawarra, NSW. Mary began working in mental health 15 years ago and since then has held a number of roles that are key to supporting people living with mental illness. Directly working alongside people as they work towards recovery and a balanced life, Mary has been inspired by the resilience and coping strategies people have developed as they live with often serious and chronic mental illness. Mary holds a Diploma in Community Services and has facilitated various mental health groups and skill development workshops, including Intensive Intervention for Smoking Cessation for mental health clients. Mary has supported families and carers as they navigate the challenges of supporting someone with serious mental illness.