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Sue Gilbertson

December 5, 1941 - May 10, 2022

Ms. Gilbertson is the Founder of M.I.K.I.D.  and  served on the Board of Directors of M.I.K.I.D.; the Mental Health Awareness Coalition (MHAC); and was the Board secretary of Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation (ABC) and was a member of the Governing Body of the Arizona State Hospital. She was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Phoenix Theater Guild, and the Mental Health Guild. She was a retired Flotilla Commander of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and held a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.  Ms. Gilbertson was the 2019 inductee of the Mental Health America of Arizona into the Hall of Fame.

M.I.K.I.D.’s history stemmed from one individual’s overwhelming concern for the lack of services provided for children in the mental health field and the many serious issues that were not being properly addressed. This individual, Ms. Sue Gilbertson, began her quest in 1984 when her son, Eric, was diagnosed with mental illness. In trying to get assistance for her son, Ms. Gilbertson found herself amidst a conventional medical community that was simply not equipped to handle the problems her son was facing. Ms. Gilbertson came to realize that her struggles were not isolated events and took on the responsibility of uniting families, naming the group M.I.K.I.D. and working together to help build a better mental health system for children. Through these efforts, families had their very first meeting and support group on March 11, 1987.

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Sue was an integral part of M.I.K.I.D. and unfortunately passed away on May 10, 2022.


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Judge Richard Weiss

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