Thursday, May 12, 2011

Coming Full Circle: The Recovery Continuum

The North Carolina Mental Health Association Collaborative and Charlotte AHEC will host the Annual North Carolina Mental Health Association Collaborative Conference on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church - Conference Center located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference entitled, Coming Full Circle: The Recovery Continuum, is a state-wide conference with guest speaker Mariel Hemingway, in addition to other highly- qualified, well-known speakers. This conference will bring together mental health experts, including the medical and recovery mental health professionals, community members, consumers, and vendors to promote the educational experience of current and relevant mental health information.

1 - Provide education regarding reducing stigma related to mental illness and improving understanding about mental health recovery
2 - Provide education regarding the philosophy of the Body Mind Spirit Movement and how it relates to mental health wellness and recovery, how it may be incorporated into daily living, the obstacles and challenges one may experience while living toward a balanced life, and how to find encouragement and motivation to continue.
3 - Provide education regarding how to stay on course with treatment, how to spot early signs of relapse, how to make a plan to get clients and consumers through difficult periods, and how to develop a relapse prevention plan.
4 - Encourage all consumers, providers, and individuals to make public policy and advocacy priority one by developing the beginnings of a statewide plan.

*Conference Speakers*
*Mariel Hemingway (Celebrity Speaker!!!)
*Amy Showalter, The Showalter Group Inc., Cincinnati, OH
*Robert Livingston, Consumer Presenter, Mecklenburg’s Promise, Charlotte, NC
*Lee Stephan, M.A., L.C.S.W., Director of Services for Adults with serious Mental Illness for Community Health Network, Indianapolis, IN
*Steve Jordan, M.A., Director, NC Division of MH/SA/DD, Raleigh, NC

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