Wednesday, April 3, 2013

For Immediate Release: Four Phenomenal Women Offer Hope for Recovery at NAMI Conference

NAMI Southwestern PA Conference This Saturday To Highlight Stories of Hope and Recovery from Mental Illness

Coraopolis, Pa.—During a time when everything is changing—the economy, politics, healthcare, technology—NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania presents an annual conference designed to empower participants to shape their future by following an individual journey based on hope, courage and recovery. Taking place this Saturday, April 6 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, the conference will highlight inspirational  stories of ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments during challenging times. Four strong, successful women will each offer something different: a government update, a story of recovery, a personal perspective and an educational lecture—four different pathways to hope.

WHAT: NAMI Southwestern PA 13th Annual Education Conference
Pathways to Hope: Shaping a Positive Future During Uncertain Times

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2013
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, 777 Aten Drive, Coraopolis, Pa., 15108


Dr. Jean Bennett, Regional Administrator of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Tracy Carney, Director, Recovery Central Clubhouse, Bloomsburg, Pa.

Laura Miller, Founder, The Secret Agent L Project

Marie-Paule de Valdivia, Facilitator, National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

Also available for interview:
Christine Michaels, MSHSA, Executive Director, NAMI Southwestern PA   

“A consistent and ever present theme at NAMI is a focus on hope, being hopeful about the future,” said Christine Michaels, executive director of NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania. “Our keynote, plenary and lunchtime speakers will all, in very individualized presentations, bring a message of hope and recovery."
The conference, now in its 13th year, also features six afternoon workshops (participants choose one) including Ask the Doctor, Coping with Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Radical Acceptance for Families Affected by Borderline Personality Disorder, Revealing Your Recovery Story, Understanding Hoarding, and What Can I Do If My Loved One Is Arrested?
This event is sponsored by Community Care Behavioral Health, Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc., Staunton Farm Foundation, Mercy Behavioral Health, Project Transition, Value Behavioral Health of PA, and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania (an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through recovery focused support, education and advocacy. More information is available at or by calling (412) 366-3788.

Contact: Darcey Garda, Manager of Marketing and Development
(412) 366-3788 or

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