News Release - Mental Illness Awareness Week Conference

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 836
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Hans Petersen, Communications Director
703-324-7003, TTY 703-802-3015, Fax 703-324-7092

September 9, 2008
CSB 10-2008

Mental Illness Awareness Week Conference
Scheduled for September 26

Conference Theme: “Mental Illness – Dispelling the Stigma”

The Ninth Annual Mental Illness Awareness Week Conference will be held Friday, September 26, 2008, at the Fairview Park Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, Va., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference theme is, “Mental Illness – Dispelling the Stigma.” 

A morning panel discussion will explore best practices in treating persons with mental illness, working together toward recovery.

The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Charles Barber, who was educated at Harvard and Columbia and worked for ten years in New York City shelters for homeless persons with mental illness. The title essay in his first book, Songs from the Black Chair, won a 2006 Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Scientific American Mind, among other publications, and on NPR. He is a senior administrator at The Connection, an innovative social services agency, and a lecturer in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.

The luncheon will also include several awards presentations, including the Ed and Vivian Brazill Leadership & Advocacy Award, the Mental Health Community Contributor Award, the Mental Health Consumer Award for Service Provider Excellence, and the Mental Health Consumer Award for Effective Advocacy.

The cost of the conference and luncheon is $35 and consumer scholarships are available.

The conference is sponsored by The Brain Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Mount Vernon Center for Community Mental Health Advisory Board, NAMI-Northern Virginia (National Alliance on Mental Illness, Northern Virginia), Mental Health Consumers Association, Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation, Inc., Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute Advisory Council, Northern Virginia Regional Recovery Work Group, Northwest Center for Community Mental Health Advisory Board, Pathway Homes, Inc., and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

For more information about the conference or the services of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, call 703-324-7000, TTY 703-802-3015.


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