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NAMI Vermont Annual Conference – Pathways to Wellness
May 20, 2014 @ 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the month of May, the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI Vermont) and the rest of the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Learn more about important mental health issues at NAMI Vermont’s Annual Conference – Pathways to Wellness on Tuesday, May 20th at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont.
NAMI Vermont is a statewide volunteer organization comprised of family members, friends, and individuals living with a mental illness. We are Vermont’s resource for education, advocacy and support since 1983.
Last year 200 peers, family members and providers joined us at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee Vermont for a sold out event. NAMI Vermont has worked hard to create a program that promises to be interesting and relevant to everyone in Vermont’s Mental Health Community.
We are honored to have Keynote Presenters Dr. Alan Budney of the Geisel College of Medicine and NAMI National Board President, Keris Myrick join us.
Dr. Budney will illuminate what we currently know about the relationship between marijuana and mental illness in his opening keynote titled “Marijuana and Mental Illness: What do we really know? What can we recommend?” This topic is especially important as Vermont discusses changes in marijuana legislation.
Keris Myrick will discuss the impact that stigma, and the resulting discrimination and prejudice, has on individuals living with mental illness and their family members in the afternoon keynote “Journey from Stigma to Hope: Sticking it to Stigma!”
Dr. Sandra Steingard, Howard Center Medical Director and NAMI Vermont Board Member, joins us again with a presentation on a long-term study on tapering neuroleptics drugs for patients with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
Dr. James Hudziak, Director of the Vermont Center for Children, will discuss a treatment approach titled “The Vermont Family Based Approach” that focuses on the relationship between genes and environment in the prevention and treatment of childhood mental illness.
Burlington’s Chief of Police, Michael Schirling, will lead a discussion on the intersection of public safety, emergency response and the criminal justice system with mental health.
Peter Burt and Marybeth Carey of VocRehab will answer your questions on SSI and SSDI and work incentives.
Hannah Rose and Jared Haage of VAMHAR’s Recovery and Education Training program will discuss Co-Occurring disorders and talk about a new strength-based peer approach.
Members of the Peer Wellness Workforce Coalition will provide an overview of peer services across Vermont.
Registration is $75. NAMI Vermont members receive a discount on conference registration. To register visit namivt.org/name-vermont-annual-conference-2014/ Call (802) 244-1396 ext 100 for more information about the conference or NAMI Vermont membership.