Mary Cregan

Author Mary Cregan to Speak at Center for Hope Lunch and Jan Dilenschneider to Receive Award

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The Center for Hope welcomes author Mary Cregan as the speaker for its 2019 Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8.  The event will be held at 11 a.m. at Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton. Longtime Family Centers board member, former board chair and Darien resident Jan Dilenschneider will also be honored with the “Ray of HOPE Award.” In her new book, The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, Cregan shares her inspirational story of overcoming mental illness and the tenacity she found within herself to rebuild her life from the ground up. — an announcement from Family Centers

Shortly after the death of her newborn daughter, Cregan sank into a depression so deep she required hospitalization.  A failed suicide attempt while admitted to a locked unit was the low point of her long and arduous path to recovery. The scar from that suicide attempt serves not only as a reminder of her darkest days, but also how far she has come.