Thursday, April 2, 2015

An Invitation: Please join us on April 11 at the NAMI Conference

Dear Friends,
I invite you to join us for NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania's 15th Annual Education Conference, Game On: Tacking the Stigma of Mental Illness on Saturday, April 11 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. 

Each spring, we bring remarkable speakers to our regional conference, and this year is no exception. Dr. Otto Wahl, an expert on stigma, will start our day and provide a solid overview in his presentation, Combating Stigma. He will include ideas and suggestions for what each of us can do to help end the stigma of mental illness.
With special thanks to Value Behavioral Health of PA, we will hear Brandon Marshall speak in his morning keynote address, Stepping Off the Sidelines: Tacking the Stigma of Mental Illness. Brandon Marshall's courage to speak out and take a stand against the stigma he and so many others faced will inspire us to take action as individuals and a community.
After lunch and the presentation of the Dick Jevon Advocacy Award, Dr. Dennis Daley will deliver the afternoon plenary session, Addressing Substance use as an Illness Integrated Approaches to Treatment. Stigma stops individuals from seeking treatment and impedes recovery. The stigma of mental illness is often compounded with the stigma of a co-occurring substance user disorder.
Then, our variety of workshop topics will offer something of special interest to everyone.

At the end of the day, every conference participant will leave feeling like they made the team, the NAMI Southwestern PA's All Pro Championship Anti-Stigma Team. GAME ON EVERYONE!

I look forward to seeing you at the conference.


Christine Michaels, MSHSA
Executive Director, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania


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