News Release - Tenth Annual Mental Illness Awareness Week Conference

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 836
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Laura Yager, Director, Prevention, Resource Development & Community Relations
703-934-8774, TTY 703-802-3015, Fax 703-324-7092 ;

September 24, 2009
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Mental Illness Awareness Week Conference Scheduled for September 25

 Conference Theme: “Moving Toward Recovery”

The Tenth Annual Mental Illness Awareness Week Conference will be held Friday, September 25, 2009, at the Marriott Hotel Fairfax at Fair Oaks, Fairfax, Va., from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference theme is, “Moving Toward Recovery.” 

A morning panel discussion will explore employment and its role in recovery from mental illness.

The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Mary Blake, Program Manager of the Center for Mental Health Services’ National Center for Trauma-Informed Care. Mary has spoken extensively on methods for enhancing corporate communications, mental health recovery, issues related to capacity and identity for persons who are psychiatrically-diagnosed, and stigma related to mental illness.

The luncheon will also include awards presentations, including the Mental Health Community Contributor Award and the Ed and Vivian Brazill Leadership & Advocacy Award.

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 PRS, 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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