News Release - Mental Illness Awareness Week Conference Scheduled for October 8


October 4, 2010
CSB 03-2010

News Highlights

  • Eleventh Annual Mental Illness Awareness Week Conference to be held Friday, October 8 at the Marriott Hotel Fairfax at Fair Oaks, Fairfax, Va.
  • Local mental health advocates and organizations organized the event to build community awareness, celebrate the promise of recovery from mental illness, and hear from peers in recovery and experts.
  • The Mental Health Community Contributor Award and the Ed and Vivian Brazill Leadership & Lifetime Commitment Award will be presented.

Mental health concerns are surprisingly common. In fact, they affect most families in America at some point. But studies also show that most people with mental illnesses get better and can recover completely. Even with tremendous advances in treatment, effective medications, and solid positive outcomes, mystery and stigma are still associated with mental illness. A group of local mental health advocates and organizations have come together to build community awareness, celebrate the promise of recovery from mental illness, and hear from peers in recovery and experts at the Eleventh Annual Mental Illness Awareness Week Conference.

Taking place on Friday, October 8, 2010 at the Marriott Hotel Fairfax at Fair Oaks, Fairfax, Va., from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., this year’s conference theme is, “The Good Life: Wellness and Recovery.” 

A morning panel discussion will explore the multiple aspects of recovery that will help realize a good life:  nutrition, human rights, spirituality, meditation and mindfulness, and good physical health.

The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Gayle Bluebird, who has been involved in the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement since it began in the early 1970s. Gayle has developed a wide array of innovative programs, including comfort rooms that are designed as a preventive tool to help reduce conflict and potential use of seclusion and restraint. 

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

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.


Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

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