Our Annual Events
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NAMI Mass Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day is when NAMI Mass members and supporters tell our legislators what we care about most! This year we will be focusing on Access to Care issues, Funding requests and Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System.

NAMIWalks Massachusetts

NAMIWalks Massachusetts brings together people of all ages to combat stigma, raise funds, and promote awareness of mental illness. This yearly event is our largest event and biggest fundraiser.

NAMI Mass Convention

Our Annual state Convention brings together over 350 NAMI members and allies for a day of learning and networking. The Convention features workshop sessions, an exhibit hall, and art marketplace, as well as our Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election.

Events Calendar

Our calendar features NAMI Mass events, as well as presentations, webinars, workshops, conferences, and other happenings from local NAMI affiliates and other organizations.

Understanding Affordable Housing

Dates and Times: March 2 & 9, 1-3 p.m.
Location: Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Rd. Sudbury
RSVP: (978) 440-5476; hadvabb@sudbury.ma.us

March 2, those welcome: Community member’s in need of housing or interested in learning more about affordable options, those experiencing housing insecurity or at risk of eviction, and social service professionals.

March 9, those welcome: Sudbury residents only who are in need of help filling out and submitting subsidized housing applications for properties across Massachusetts.

Using Inhibitory Learning Strategies to Improve the Efficacy of ERP

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Inspiration Strong – A Journey Into Our Lives, Friends of Metro Boston Talent Show Open Auditions

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 11 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 4 – 7 pm

The Auditorum of Solomon Carter Fuller DMH
85 East Newton St. Ground Floor, Boston, 02118-2340

Have a talent for Singing, Music, or Dancing?  We want to meet you! You can just show up. For information please contact Julie Darby at 617-306-6068 or Kenneth Mack at 617-626-8979.

Mad in America to Webinar Series on Suicide: Suicide in the Age of Prozac: A Review of the “Evidence”

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Robert Whitaker, Author and Founder, Mad in America

Description: This presentation will provide a review of suicide rates for the last sixty years, and investigate the factors that may be driving the steady increase in suicide rates since 2000. It will explore the societal factors—such as unemployment and gun ownership—that are known to influence such rates. Next it will examine the rise of suicide prevention programs since Prozac arrived on the market in 1988, and the commercial and guild interests behind those efforts, which have emphasized the prescribing of antidepressants—and access to psychiatric care—as helpful to reducing the risk of suicide. Does this medical-model approach work? The presentation will review the research on the effectiveness of such efforts, and the research on the suicide risk associated with use of antidepressants.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

Until February 15, register at an early-bird rate of $75 by using the code EARLYBIRD.
We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

2020 Dept. of Mental Health Citizen’s Legislative Breakfast – Western Mass Area

Friday, March 6, 2020, 9:00 – 11:00 am
(Registration is 9 -9:45)

Springfield Technical Community College
One Armory Square, Springfield, 01102 (directions)

Allow enough arrival time to park etc.

The breakfast is free and open to the public; however, this event typically reaches capacity and is standing room only. If you wish to attend, please RSVP by email or by phone at (413) 587-6446 by Friday, February 28th and note any accommodations you might require. We will do our best to accommodate you.

For more information https://www.mass.gov/service-details/western-massachusetts-area-legislative-breakfast (opens in new window)

BBRF Webinar: Brain and Behavior Based Strategies in the Treatment of OCD

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects 1 person in 40, but is often undiagnosed or improperly treated. Even with optimal treatment, a third of OCD sufferers do not improve significantly; remission of moderate to severe disease is uncommon. Dr. Pittenger will discuss two new investigational approaches: one using low-voltage non-invasive brain stimulation and the other harnessing the exciting new strategy of fMRI-driven neurofeedback.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8692907556142542347 (opens in a new window).

NAMI In Our Own Voice Community Presentation

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7- 8:30 pm

Macht Auditorium, Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge St., Cambridge
(Parking vouchers available)

Two guests from NAMI’s powerful “In Our Own Voice” Program will share their personal experiences with mental illness. As leaders with lived experience, they will talk openly about what it is like to live with a mental health condition.

Motivational Interviewing: How to Create Treatment Alliance

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window).

An Afternoon of Healing for Women and Men who are Survivors of Sexual Abuse or Assault

Saturday, March 14, 2020,  2 to 4 pm

Codman Square Public Library
690 Washington St., Dorchester 02124

For more information Taking Back Ourselves (opens in new window).

TAA-MGH Family Day Symposium

Saturday, March 14, 2020,  8 am to 12:30 pm

 

This symposium will provide an overview of tics, Tourette Syndrome, and co-occurring conditions, medical treatment and medications, Tourettic OCD, CBIT, intermittent explosive episodes, and neuropsychology.

Richard B. Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge St., 3rd floor, Room 3.110, Boston, 02114

For questions, please contact:

Amrita at aray11@mgh.harvard.edu
Sarah at smiller43@mgh.harvard.edu
Daisy at dtnoriega@mgh.harvard.edu

For more information and to register click here (opens in new window).

Tunefoolery Music presents My Music – My Story

Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 7 pm

Lilipad Inman
1353 Inman St. (Inman Square)
Cambridge, 02139

Two of Tunefoolery’s musicians, singer-songwriters kev g mor and Jocelyn Limmer will share their songs and recovery stories. Suggested donation at the door is $10

Tunefoolery Music is a courageous community of over 60 musicians in mental health recovery who usually perform music at shelters, hospital and other places where quality live music is needed. Music education, paid work, purpose and loving support create, along with music-making, the foundation for the musicians’ healing and recovery, and for bringing a message of hope and recovery to the world.

For more information www.tunefoolery.org (opens in new window)

Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health Panel Presentation with Q&A

Monday, March 16, 7 – 8:30 pm (Snow date: March 23)

West Acton Village Works
525 Main St. Acton

Mental health issues are becoming more prevalent in the college setting, which is why it is important for students and concerned family members to be proactive. What are some mental health friendly signs to look for in a college? Families can be prepared before their student goes to college.

Panelists will address what some colleges are doing to intervene and support students who have mental health difficulties.

Patricia Bruno, MSW, Associate Dean of Student Support Services, Middlesex Community College

Stacey Harris, JD, Associate Director of Disability and Access Services, Boston University

Jennifer Morazes, LCSW PhD, Director, Disability Policy Consortium

Melissa Wall, MA, Director of Student Mental Health and Wellness, UMass Lowell

Rebecca Luberoff, Peer, Student

This event is free and open to high school and collegeage families in Middlesex County and surrounding areas. For information, questions, and snow date please call 978-692-2908.

Co-Sponsors: Acton-Boxborough United Way, &  NAMI Central Middlesex

Mad in America Webinar: Lessons learned in making program and institutional culture changes needed to respect human rights and dignity in state hospitals.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:30pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

OCD and Eating Disorders

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Alternatives to Suicide Facilitator Training

Wednesday-Friday, March 18-20, 2020, 9 am – 5 pm

South Hadley Library, South Hadley, MA

Apply to join us for this 3-day training designed to familiarize people with the Alternatives to Suicide approach, explore ways to be with people in deep distress, and help start new Alternatives to Suicide groups or support the ones already in existence.

APPLICATIONS due by February 5th.

NAMIWalks Massachusetts Kick-Off Rally!

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6 – 7:30 pm

Calling all Team Captains, new and returning, join us on March 19th for our NAMIWalks Massachusetts Kick-Off Rally – featuring Comedian Amy Tee! Help reduce the discrimination that you and others face! Bring your family, friends and co-workers and find out how you can start your energize team!

Due to the Governor’s declared state of emergency, the 2020 Kick-Off Rally will be moved to a virtual format. Additional details will be provided as soon as they are available. We encourage you to still RSVP!

RSVP: kopiela@namimass.org by Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

NAMI Greater Boston Meeting speakers Paul Ottenstein & Pat Pesa from Homeless Empowerment Advisory Project and Friends of Metro Boston

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Center Club, 31 Bowker Street, Boston
Right around the corner from the Haymarket MBTA

Free Pizza & Soda served at 6:30 pm and the meeting is free, open to the public and scheduled to end at 8:30 pm

Paul Ottenstein and Pat Pesa from HEAP Homeless Empowerment Advisory Project and Friends of Metro Boston be speaking on the programs of both HEAP and the Friends of Metro Boston. HEAP has meetings at the Lindemann Inn and in connection with Friends of Metro Boston offers many activities for people with lived experience and also does advocacy work.

HEAP was modeled after The Ruby Rogers Center as a user-run program to advocate for people in DMH homeless programs. HEAP meets at the Lindeman Inn and plans activities in the community for its members. Paul Ottenstein has been the coordinator of the program since its beginning.

Pat Pesa worked for the Lindemann Inn and was the staff liason for HEAP and helped bring residents to meetings and coordinate activities with the residents of the shelter. Pat has been supporting HEAP since its inception over 25 years ago.

Transformation! Success Festival 5

Friday, March 20, 2020, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mount Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street, Gardner, 01440
(Directions, Parking & Campus Map)

Co-Sponsored by Massachusetts DMH and Wayside Youth & Family Support Network

The target audience includes all stakeholders – ANY young adult and parents of young adults (neither needs to be connected to DMH or any other services), Parent/ Peer Specialists, administrative and/or clinical providers, DMH Site and Area Offices, service providers, and the overall community.

Inspire hope among us all!
Celebrate the special-ness of the Young Adult family.
Understand HOPE involves personality, spirit, individuality, and happiness.
Highlight accomplishments of young adults and parents to inspire ongoing achievements.
Motivate our communities to continue progress in supporting success for young adults and those involved in their lives.
Promote peer roles of young adults and parents, including their role in designing effective treatment practices.
Learning how to live both together and apart as adolescents transition into young adulthood.
Emphasize HOPE is an essential component of success for Young Adults and Allies, and we each have a role and responsibility.
What defines caring for a young adult; and what defines being a young adult.
Encourage individuals to create their own definition of hope.
Provide a fun, exciting, and interactive event for everyone!

Registration information coming soon at http://success-fest.com/

Families for Depression Awareness Webinar: Teen Self-Injury: Working Toward Healthy Coping Skills

For Parents, Guardians, Youth Workers, and Caring Adults Interested in Teen Mental Health.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:00 – 8:15 pm

In this live webinar, Dr. Jason Washburn, board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist, explains the connection between self-injury and depression and shares how caring adults can talk about self-injury in a compassionate way, identify signs and respond effectively, and help teens develop healthy coping skills. Submit your questions when you register or during the webinar.

Register at https://platform.cinchcast.com/ses/54A0KixCtbvNt9czvpRQJw~~ (opens in a new window/tab).

ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston

TO BE OF SERVICE: Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 PM, Showcase Cinema De Lux, Revere. More information and to register is located here (opens in a new window/tab).

To Be of Service is a feature-length documentary film about war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress who are paired with a service dog to help them regain their lives.

BEDLAM: Thursday, March 26, 6:15 PM, Massachusetts General Hospital

Bedlam is the first major documentary to explore the crisis in care of severely mentally-ill citizens.  More information and to register is located here (opens in a new window/tab).

The Film Festival is free, please register for the movies you want to view.

ReelAbilities Boston is committed to providing a range of accessibility accommodations. All festival venues are accessible to mobility devices. Screenings and events include captioning, CART or ASL interpretation, and audio description, where possible. Individuals requiring further accommodations should contact us at 617-244-9899 or info@reelboston.org.

Find out more about the film festival here (opens in a new window/tab).

Get Silly With Us Comedy Night for NAMI Cape Ann

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7:30 pm

Woodmans of Essex
119 Main Street, Essex, 01929

Tickets are $25 per person

Featuring Stand Up From: Stephen Bjork, Amy Tee, & Dave Rattigan.

View/download the flyer (opens in a new window/tab)

Mildred’s Dream Foundation Comedy Show to Benefit NAMI Massachusetts & other nonprofit organizations

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Doors Open @ 6pm  | 6-7:30pm  Heavy Apps & Open Bar | 7:45pm Comedy Show

Gillette Stadium Optum Club
One Patriot Place, Foxborough, 02035
Phone: (508)384-4378

Buy tickets here (opens in a new window/tab)

Tickets $150 through 2/29, Increases to $200 on 3/1
Silent Auction * Raffle * Live Auction * Volunteer Opportunities

Featuring Stand Up From: John Turc  * Christine Hurley * Paul Nardizzi * Mark Riley * Matt MacArthur and Introducing Jason Norell

All proceeds raised through this event will be donated in the form of grants to various charities. MDF Comedy Show will highlight these incredible organizations, as well as one additional organization dedicated to education which will be revealed at the event.

3Day Maastricht Interview Training for Hearing Voices

Monday-Wednesday, April 6-8, 2020, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Clarion Hotel, West Springfield, MA

The Maastricht Interview is a semi-structured questionnaire originally developed by Dr. Sandra Escher, Professor Marius Romme and voice hearer, Patsy Hage. It can be used as a way to explore the voice hearing experience in depth and provide tools needed to build trust and understanding. Learn more and REGISTER HERE (opens in a new window/tab)

Mad in America to Webinar Series on Suicide: Issues in Dealing with Suicidal People… and What Experience with Military Veterans Teaches about Nonpathologizing Approaches for All

Thursday, April 7, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Paula Joan Caplan, PhD, Du Bois Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University

Description: Massive experience calls into serious question the traditional mental health system’s approach to suicide, while other approaches have been helpful. The speaker will challenge the automatic labeling of people as “mentally ill” because they report having suicidal thoughts or have attempted or committed suicide. She will discuss an alarming way the DSM-IV and DSM-5 encourage the pathologizing of suicidal thoughts. Then she will describe primary reasons people have thoughts of suicide and what can be understood once one takes a more humane, nonpathologizing approach, using examples from a stage play, an Oscar-winning documentary about a “suicide hotline,” research and clinical work about the effects of various kinds of trauma, and a project primarily involving simple, wholehearted, nonjudgmental listening. Using examples from her work with military Veterans and with nonveterans, she will discuss the wide range of other approaches that are helpful to people who feel suicidal.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

Until February 15, register at an early-bird rate of $75 by using the code EARLYBIRD.
We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

Sleep, Arousal and Circadium Rhythms: How Body Regulations Affects Individuals with OCD

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

2-Day Unusual Beliefs Training

Thursday-Friday, April 9-10, 2020, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

The Clarion Hotel, West Springfield

Participants will look at how to support someone who has unusual beliefs or what often gets called ‘paranoia.’ The workshop will focus on exploring a person’s belief system to understand it from their perspective, and how to reduce any negative impact on quality of life without trying to take away what’s meaningful or useful. Participants will also learn how the three stages of voice hearing apply differently with experiences of this nature, and will explore how to decode beliefs to build understanding. Learn more and REGISTER HERE (opens in a new window/tab)

“What Have We Done for You Lately? Applied Research for Community Behavioral Health Needs”

Friday, April 10, 2020, 9:30 am – 3 pm

(Check-in, continental breakfast, and networking will begin at 8:45 am. Lunch will be provided!)

Faculty Conference Room
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655
Registration details to follow! CEU applications pending.

We invite individuals and family members with lived experience of mental

health challenges, DMH staff & providers to attend the

2020 DMH Research Centers of Excellence Conference

UMASS Medical School, Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC), and Massachusetts General Hospital Center of Excellence for Psychosocial and Systemic Research

(Registration details to follow! CEU applications pending.)

Mindful Art Making for Anxiety Management

Thursday, April 12, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window).

BBRF Webinar: Can Traumatic Memories Be Erased?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Re-experiencing traumatic events is a core symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cognitive-behavioral therapies seek to eliminate traumatic memories, but these approaches are vulnerable to relapse. New advances in the neurobiology of fear memory promise novel approaches to PTSD treatment, including the erasure of traumatic memories.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4990165810165036555 (opens in a new window).

Mad in America to Webinar Series on Suicide: Guns and Suicide: Preventing Deaths by Suicide without Necessarily Affecting Underlying Suicidal Ideation or Behavior

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University

Description: Massive experience calls into serious question the traditional mental health system’s approach to suicide, while other approaches have been helpful. The speaker will challenge the automatic labeling of people as “mentally ill” because they report having suicidal thoughts or have attempted or committed suicide. She will discuss an alarming way the DSM-IV and DSM-5 encourage the pathologizing of suicidal thoughts. Then she will describe primary reasons people have thoughts of suicide and what can be understood once one takes a more humane, nonpathologizing approach, using examples from a stage play, an Oscar-winning documentary about a “suicide hotline,” research and clinical work about the effects of various kinds of trauma, and a project primarily involving simple, wholehearted, nonjudgmental listening. Using examples from her work with military Veterans and with nonveterans, she will discuss the wide range of other approaches that are helpful to people who feel suicidal.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

Until February 15, register at an early-bird rate of $75 by using the code EARLYBIRD.
We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

The Cancer & Mental Health Collaborative
4th Annual Bridging the Divide Symposium

Friday, April 17, 2020, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Boston Marriott Cambridge
50 Broadway (Kendall Square)
Cambridge, 02142

Share your unique perspective as we work together to increase access to cancer care for all people affected by mental illness and their caregivers. Together, we can build a coalition with the power to save lives and decrease suffering for people affected by mental illness and cancer. All are welcome. The symposium is free but registration is required.

Register at https://twitter.us19.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=c011947b35a6fa39a9a1d6cb4&id=3108461208 (opens in a new window).

ACT for OCD

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series

McConnell Auditorium
at Smith College
7 College Lane,
Northampton, MA 01063

For more information OCD Massachusetts Northampton Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Mad in America Webinar Series on System Changes for a Green Mental Health Movement: A description of de-prescribing psychotropic medications to children and adolescents. How to develop these approaches in a systematic way with outpatient, inpatient and child welfare settings.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 1:30pm

The series began on September 17 with an introduction to a Green Movement in Mental Health and how system changes can lead in that direction. The integration of Medicaid health care services in Oregon will be used as an illustration of what worked and what didn’t and why.

That will be followed by 9 monthly webinars starting in October which will focus on program improvements and strategies that will move systems forward so that Green Mental Health is the standard of care.

The fee is $150 for the 10 webinar series.

All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event. (10.0 CEs are pending approval for this series.) For more information and to register, click here.

2020 Recovery Forum: Communities as a Cornerstone of Recovery

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center
181 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough  (Directions)

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please join us for an afternoon of discussion and reflection about the vital role of community connection in supporting recovery for individuals with behavioral health conditions. This year’s forum will feature Rev. Liz Walker, pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church and former news anchor at Boston’s WBZ-TV, who spent 11
years doing humanitarian work in South Sudan. Rev. Walker will discuss a community-based, clinically supported, and faith-inspired program that addresses the impact that trauma has had in her congregation. Additionally, the afternoon will spotlight a diverse panel of guests speaking about their own communities and the ways in which they have made connections with others to avoid social isolation and strengthen their own recovery.

This event is free, but registration is required. To register, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RecoveryForum2020 (opens in a new window/tab).

For ASL interpretation or special accommodations, please contact Kaitlyn Sudol at kaitlyn.sudol@beaconhealthoptions.com or 617-350-1952 by April 1, 2020.

Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance of community partnerships
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of existing groups and organizations doing outreach
  3. Identify obstacles to successful community outreach
  4. Describe at least three activities to promote community inclusion
  5. Explain the importance of circles of support in a community inclusion framework

CEUs applied for: nursing, social workers, LMHC, LMFT, LADC, and CADAC

2020 Dept. of Mental Health Citizen’s Legislative Breakfast – Central Mass Area

Friday, May 1, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital, Large Conf. Room, K2-A2
309 Belmont St, Worcester, MA 01604 (directions)

Allow enough arrival time to park and get through security.

The breakfast is free and open to the public! Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m

For more information https://www.mass.gov/dmh-legislative-breakfast-series (opens in new window)

Addressing the Cumulative Effects of Trauma in Older Adults

Monday, May 4, 2020 8:30 am – 3:45 pm

Hogan Conference Center
College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester, 01610

Conference is free but space is limited.
Social work CEUs have been requested.
Sponsored by the MA Department of Mental Health.
Co-sponsored by the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, MA Aging and Mental Health Coalition, and MA Association for Mental Health

View/Download the flyer (opens in a new window/tab).
Registration info coming soon! For more info: jeniferurff@mamh.org

For more information please view/download the flyer (opens in new window/tab)

Mad in America to Webinar Series on Suicide: David Healy, MD (McMaster University)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University

Description: Clinical practice is judicial in nature. This means that establishing what is going on depends on engaging with a person and working out how best to explain the problem they have. The “scientific” literature is not much help in this respect. The challenge is to get to an objective position shared by the affected person, a mental health professional and ideally others. This workshop will take participants through this process and outline strategies for working through objections that may arise with the persons and clinicians involved.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

Until February 15, register at an early-bird rate of $75 by using the code EARLYBIRD.
We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

Statewide Peer Networking Awards Banquet

Friday, May 8, 2020, 11 am – 2 pm

Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee

The Western Mass Peer Network, Eastern Mass Peer network, and Central Mass Peer Network have come together with people in peer roles across the state to plan the first Statewide Peer Networking Awards event. The event will include food, networking opportunities, a keynote panel of speakers, and AWARDS! 8 awards will be given in total, and that’s where YOU come in. We need nominations!!

Make your nominations by March 13 here:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/PNAwardNoms2020

Event Registration Details Coming Soon

For more information please view/download the flyer (opens in new window/tab)

BBRF Webinar: Using Neuroscience to Evaluate and Guide Treatment for Pediatric Mood Disorders

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 2 – 3 pm

Research in early onset mood disorders is geared towards using neuroscience to develop interventions that alleviate symptoms, promote healthy brain development, and treat behavioral and emotional difficulties as soon as they arise. This webinar considers the promise of utilizing neuroscience tools to aim for reliable and lasting improvements in symptoms for a large number of children and adolescents who experience a broad spectrum of mood problems. The presentation considers the importance of understanding and leveraging the placebo effect and measuring mechanisms of change, both in the way that treatments are configured and in the way that future clinical trials are designed.

For more information and to register click here (opens in new window/tab)

NAMIWalks Massachusetts

Saturday, May 16, 2020

DCR Artesani Park, Brighton

Registration starts at 9 am

Walk starts at 11 am

For more information please visit https://namimass.org/nami-walks-massachusetts/ (opens in new window)

Progress Made Possible National Conference

Sunday – Tuesday, May 17-19, 2020

DCR Artesani Park, Brighton

Registration starts at 9 am

Walk starts at 11 am

For more information please view/download the flyer (opens in new window/tab) or visit the website page (opens in a new window/tab)

Mad in America to Webinar Series on System Changes for a Green Mental Health Movement: How a community program’s wide range of services for children, adolescents and families successfully transferred state hospital units to community programs and lessons learned in what system changes were needed to accomplish that.

Thursday, May 19, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University

Description: Massive experience calls into serious question the traditional mental health system’s approach to suicide, while other approaches have been helpful. The speaker will challenge the automatic labeling of people as “mentally ill” because they report having suicidal thoughts or have attempted or committed suicide. She will discuss an alarming way the DSM-IV and DSM-5 encourage the pathologizing of suicidal thoughts. Then she will describe primary reasons people have thoughts of suicide and what can be understood once one takes a more humane, nonpathologizing approach, using examples from a stage play, an Oscar-winning documentary about a “suicide hotline,” research and clinical work about the effects of various kinds of trauma, and a project primarily involving simple, wholehearted, nonjudgmental listening. Using examples from her work with military Veterans and with nonveterans, she will discuss the wide range of other approaches that are helpful to people who feel suicidal.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

Until February 15, register at an early-bird rate of $75 by using the code EARLYBIRD.
We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

2020 Dept. of Mental Health Citizen’s Legislative Breakfast – Central Mass Area

Friday, May 20, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Great Hall, Massachusetts State House, Boston (directions)

Allow enough arrival time get through security.

The breakfast is free and open to the public! Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 11:00 a.m

For more information https://www.mass.gov/dmh-legislative-breakfast-series (opens in new window)

9th Annual PPAL Conference – Don’t Stop Believing! A Children’s Mental Health Conference

Friday, May 29, 2020

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities available. Contact conference@ppal.net for details.

Mad in America to Webinar Series on Suicide: If You Want to Save Lives, Start with the Dead: An Innovative Approach to Reducing Suicide

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University

Description:

Kimberly Repp PhD, MPH, Washington County OR Public Health Department

For the third year in a row, U.S. life expectancy has lowered due to loss of life from suicides. Often, suicide prevention activities are implemented without the data necessary to tailor and target interventions, leading to an ineffective use of very limited resources. To change the direction of this trend, Washington County, Oregon created a nationally awarded suicide surveillance system. This suicide surveillance system facilitates the collection of risk factors and circumstances surrounding every suicide in the county within 48 hours of the death. The risk factors collected parallel those in the National Violent Death Reporting System, such as previous attempts, depressed mood, crisis, legal problems, etc., but without the multi-year data delay and with data reported by the actual forensic death investigator who completed the investigation. In conjunction with our suicide fatality review team, this surveillance system has produced demonstrably effective interventions with imminently suicidal people at hotels, animal shelters, those being evicted, amongst others. The true value of a surveillance system is measured by whether it leads to prevention or control of adverse events, and Washington County’s population suicide rate has dropped an unprecedented 40%. This course will demonstrate how fast, meaningful and accurate data are shifting the paradigm on how suicide prevention is done.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

BBRF Webinar: The Science of Parenting and Parent-Based Treatment for Childhood Anxiety Disorders

Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 2 -3 pm

Anxiety disorders are exceedingly prevalent in children and adolescents. Anxious children rely heavily on their parents for help in coping with anxiety and parents frequently become entangled in their children’s symptoms through the process of family accommodation. Dr. Lebowitz will review cutting-edge research on neurobiological systems that drive these patterns of interactions between parents and anxious children, including the circuitry and chemistry of the brain. This webinar will introduce SPACE, a novel and efficacious parent-based treatment for childhood anxiety disorders focused on reducing accommodation and increasing supportive responses to childhood anxiety symptoms.

For more information and to register click here (opens in a new window/tab).

Mad in America to Webinar Series on System Changes for a Green Mental Health Movement: Peer services and the challenges and opportunities in making them an integral part of every mental health program. A description of the cultural, financial, regulatory and training changes needed to make these sustainable.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University

Description: Massive experience calls into serious question the traditional mental health system’s approach to suicide, while other approaches have been helpful. The speaker will challenge the automatic labeling of people as “mentally ill” because they report having suicidal thoughts or have attempted or committed suicide. She will discuss an alarming way the DSM-IV and DSM-5 encourage the pathologizing of suicidal thoughts. Then she will describe primary reasons people have thoughts of suicide and what can be understood once one takes a more humane, nonpathologizing approach, using examples from a stage play, an Oscar-winning documentary about a “suicide hotline,” research and clinical work about the effects of various kinds of trauma, and a project primarily involving simple, wholehearted, nonjudgmental listening. Using examples from her work with military Veterans and with nonveterans, she will discuss the wide range of other approaches that are helpful to people who feel suicidal.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

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