Friday
Aug232013

The Friends Connection: A Peer-to-Peer Program “Without Walls” Serving Individuals with Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions

The Friends Connection (TFC) operated on the theory that individuals with mental health conditions become involved with drugs and alcohol out of loneliness, boredom and stigmatization. TFC counteracted these factors by providing friendship, counseling, and meaningful leisure activities. The philosophy? That recovery will begin once individuals experience hopefulness and support.

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Tuesday
May072013

Finding the Opportunity in Crisis: How Do We Fight Stigma in the Media?

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters: one represents danger; the other represents opportunity. In the wake of the crisis created by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, there is an opportunity to counter the myths about the association between mental health conditions and violence, and to become engaged in the national debate on the need for gun control. This keynote presentation will describe some effective methods of communicating to the media, and issue a call to action.

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Monday
Jan282013

Promoting Community Inclusion in Rural America: The Role of Peer Specialist