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NAMI Mass Advocacy Day

Systemic advocacy is a core pursuit of the NAMI Massachusetts. Each year NAMI Mass gathers mental health advocates from across the Commonwealth at the State House to lobby lawmakers on key legislative priorities.

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.

Mental Health While Black PT. 1

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library
41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester, 02121

Panelists: Toy Burton, Dr. Brandy Brooks, Carlos Enriguez, Christian White, Nieisha Deed, and special guest MC Robin Saunders.

RSVP for this free event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-while-black-pt-1-tickets-87195924357 (opens in a new window).

Recovery 101

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8:30 am – 4 pm

MassHire, 850 High St, Holyoke, MA 01040

Working on the intersection of community and professional supports to connect with the individual who has been separated from family, community and ultimately him/ herself is crucial. We have been connecting with individuals for years and are grateful for the opportunity to support you in understanding this crucial framework. Together we can work towards making Recovery more than a possibility. We can make Recovery THE expectation. The first step will be to spend the day with you focusing on Recovery Basics. $65

Space is Limited. Please RSVP to recovery@choicerecoverycoaching.org

Participants in this workshop will learn to:

  1. Explore your presence and how to use it in support of those around you.
  2. Formulate a personal meaning of Recovery and outline potential Pathways of.
  3. Consider how to adapt to diverse populations and events in order to support recovery.
  4. Put new skills to use.

For more information Recovery 101 flyer  and CRC Recovery 101 Description (open in new window/tab)

Why Family Therapy is Important in Treating OCD

Tuesday, February 4, 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)

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

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Great Hall, State House, Boston (directions)

Allow enough arrival time to get through the security line.

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

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

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Great Hall, State House, Boston (directions)

Allow enough arrival time to get through the security line.

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

Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC Webinar: Supported Education: Supporting Individuals to Begin or Return to Higher Education

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 1:00 pm

Register at https://shprutgers.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oceN3uC8Ro-HyZdNsES7zw (opens in new window/tab)

Recovery from SMI has been studied and documented by researchers, practitioners, and individuals with lived experience around the world and across time. Recovery is real. Recovery can be supported by practices and services that encourage participant engagement, community inclusion, valued social roles, and overall wellness. This webinar series will introduce you to recovery from SMI and many of the evidence-based and promising practices that support recovery. This session focuses on how to support individuals to begin or return to higher education.

For more information https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/northeast-caribbean-mhttc/event/webinar-supported-education-supporting-individuals-begin-or (opens in new window/tab)

Black Health Matters Conference at Harvard University

Saturday & Sunday, February 8 & 9, 2020, 8:30 am – 5 pm

Harvard University, Northwest Science Building
52 Oxford St, Cambridge, 02138

The Black Health Matters Conference at Harvard University aims to address health disparities faced by Black communities across the country and the world. The goal of our conference is to analyze these health disparities and shed light on specific issues ranging from social stigmas surrounding mental health to the impacts of healthcare policy. We hope that attendees will leave this conference with a better understanding of the systems, both historical and modern, that continue to adversely affect Black health. This year, the theme of our conference is “Community Empowerment”. Our various panels and workshops will feature various aspects of community health and concerns specific to the Boston community.

Register here (opens in a new window/tab)

For more information, please visit hwww.bhmconference.com/ (opens in a new window/tab)

Me2/Boston in Concert

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 3:00 pm

Temple Emmanuel (map)
385 Ward St, Newton MA

Free and open to the general public
Music Director & Conductor Ronald Braunstein leads the orchestra in works by Mozart and Elgar. Don’t miss this stigma-free performance in the lovely setting at Temple Emmanuel!

Mental Health in Communities of Color—Waltham

Monday, February 10, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Waltham High School
617 Lexington St., Waltham, 02452

People of color have just as many mental health problems, but are less likely to seek help. Join the conversation. Be part of the change.

Waltham Partnership for Youth is hosting a resource fair and panel discussion around Mental Health in Communities of Color. Join us from 6-6:45 PM at Waltham High School to learn about local resources that focus on mental wellness in communities of color and stay from 6:45-8 PM for a panel discussion with clinicians of color, and people of color in our community with lived experiences who are now advocates for change! You do not want to miss this! Be part of the conversation and be part of the movement to change perspectives in communities of color!

*The entire event will be translated into Spanish!!*

For more information, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-in-communities-of-color-tickets-83409156031?ref=eios (opens in a new window/tab)

BBRF Webinar: How Drug Dependence Impacts Decision Making

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Decision-making is disrupted in those suffering from drug-dependence. Dr. Gremel’s Lab uses rodent models to identify how drug-dependence changes brain areas involved in decision-making, with the goal of providing much-needed data on how to improve therapeutic treatment and restore appropriate self-control. She will discuss findings suggesting that goal-directed decision-making and the controlling neural circuits are disrupted in drug dependence, and touch on whether these deficits can be treated.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3801687199027479307 (opens in a new window).

Me2/Boston Flute Choir Performance – Classical Music for Mental Health

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 7:15 – 8:15 pm

Dedham Public Library
43 Church St
Dedham, 02026

Free & open to the general public

Enjoy various works for flute ensemble, brief mental health testimonies, and a Q&A with the musicians… all in a stigma-free zone! Sponsored by the Dedham Library Innovation Team as part of the One Book Dedham program.

This Is My Brave – College Edition at Boston University

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215 (Directions)

This Is My Brave College Edition is our pilot university initiative aimed at creating a positive and supportive conversation around mental health through students sharing their personal stories using creative expression.

Please join us at Boston University for a live presentation of essays, original music, comedy and poetry performed by college students living with―or loving someone with―a mental health condition. Be sure to join us in the lobby immediately following the show for a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team!

This is a FREE event open to the community!
Please RSVP to reserve your spot, as seating is limited. Check in upon arrival.

RSVP at https://thisismybrave.z2systems.com/np/clients/thisismybrave/eventRegistration.jsp?event=56&

NAMIWalks Massachusetts Information Session

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: The Schrafft’s Center, 529 Main St., Suite 1M17, Charlestown, 02129

You are NOT alone!

Help reduce the discrimination that you and others face: get involved in NAMIWalks Mass 2020!

If you are new to the Walk and would like to learn more about it join us on February 13, 2020.

Bring your family, friends and co-workers to learn about NAMIWalks Massachusetts 2020.

Dinner will be served and refreshments will be available.
RSVP: kopiela@namimass.org by Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

We are conveniently located near the Sullivan Square T stop off of the Orange Line. Free Parking is also available.

The Walkathon on Saturday, May 16th helps keep our programs free of charge for participants while simultaneously combatting stigma and educating the public on mental health.

Work Without Limits CAREER FAIR For College Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Snow Date: February 20, 2020

Blue Lounge of the Student Center at Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street, Worcester

2:30 – 5 pm: Educational Sessions*
3 – 5 pm: Career Fair
Educational Sessions: Interviewing Skills, Perfecting Your Pitch and Negotiating your Future

*Times vary from 2:30 – 5 pm
Network with leading employers!

Learn about available internship and job opportunities!

Hone your career development skills!
Resume reviews and practice interviews!
Opportunity: Advance Resume Review:

When you submit your resume during registration, you can opt for a resume review. Written feedback will be provided by business and college representatives prior to the Career Fair.

Participating Employers:

American Tower Company, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brandeis University,
Brown Brothers Harriman, Citizens Bank, Dell, Eversource, John Hancock, Middlesex Savings Bank , Raytheon, Spaulding Rehabilitation/Partners Healthcare, State Street, UHealthSolutions, UMass Medical School. Check our website for additional employers: http://workwithoutlimits.org/event/career-fair-february/ (opens in a new window)

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Click Here to Register (opens in a new window) or visit: http://cwm.umassmed.edu/careerfair2020 (opens in a new window)

Additional information will be provided after registration. If you need an ASL interpreter, contact Nicole Henry at nicole.henry@umassmed.edu or 508-856-3934 by January 21, 2020.

ACT for Emotion Regulation of OCD

Thursday, February 13, 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).

Mad in America Webinar: How to use research and a data driven approach to support and guide system change based on decades of the Human Services Research Institute’s experience studying behavioral health systems.

Tuesday, February 18, 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.

The Emergence of OCD in Childhood

Tuesday, February 18, 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)

COMPASS Volunteer Information Session

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Thinking about volunteering with the COMPASS Resource Helpline? Join us for an upcoming volunteer information session to learn more!

All sessions will take place in the NAMI Mass office in Charlestown (the office is a short walk from Sullivan Square on the Orange Line, and free parking is available).

Email Jill at jgichuhi@namimass.org for more information.

LET(s)Lead! The Lived Experience Transformational LEADership Academy

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 1 pm

Join Our Online Information Session, Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/2241882909, Meeting ID: 224 188 2909  Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acesD7DCRT

Emerging Leaders…Come Rise Together
We invite all people in New England with lived experience of recovery, who are making changes in their community and who are committed to transformational social change.

The Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH) LET(s)Lead Academy is partnering with the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (New England MHTTC) to offer its next academy to people in New England.

For LET(s)Lead New England, we are seeking 12 emerging leaders with lived experience of recovery (2 people from each of the 6 New England states).

May 7, 2020 – December 15, 2020
Chyrell Bellamy, MSW, PhD., Director of LET(s)Lead Academy, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University

The Lived Experience Transformational Leadership Academy—LET(s)Lead is an experiential learning leadership academy offered virtually. This means that you can Zoom into class right from your home, office or wherever you are. Our goal is to advance lived experience leadership across New England. The course is facilitated by a diverse team of national and international faculty and mentors, most of whom identify as people with lived/learned expertise.

Project Components

I) Weekly Seminar. The course consists of a 2-hour weekly seminar over 10 weeks. The course content includes topics such as developing a personal vision, transformational change, appreciative inquiry and leadership strategy, and change management.

II) Project Development. 5-6 months. Fellows are matched for mentorship with a national or international community, lived experience, and/or sector leader, based on interest area.

Required Online Class Time

Phase 1: Virtual Class Every Thursday, 1-3 pm,
May 7 – July 9

Phase 2: Monthly Virtual Class First Thursdays, 1-3 pm, August 6 – December 10.

Upon successful completion of both phases plus independent projects, participants will receive a certificate of completion from Yale PRCH.

Participants (Fellows) will need to dedicate approximately 6 hours per week during Phase 1, consisting of two-hour seminars and approximately four hours of homework between classes. Phase 2, includes 6 months of project work, monthly meetings, and 1-2 monthly mentoring sessions between Fellows and their mentors.

To apply to participate in the Academy complete our application and submit to maria.restrepo-toro@yale.edu by February 28, 2020. Share this flyer with anyone interested.

Questions? Please contact: Maria E. Restrepo-Toro, BNS, MS, Project Manager, New England MHHTC maria.restrepo-toro@yale.edu

Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC Webinar – Permanent Supportive Housing: Practices that Support Independent Community Living

Thursday, February 19, 2020, 1 pm

Register at https://shprutgers.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XIvCC2SySGGPujHyhT2TAg (opens in a new window/tab)

Recovery from SMI has been studied and documented by researchers, practitioners, and individuals with lived experience around the world and across time. Recovery is real. Recovery can be supported by practices and services that encourage participant engagement, community inclusion, valued social roles, and overall wellness. This webinar series will introduce you to recovery from SMI and many of the evidence-based and promising practices that support recovery. This session focuses on practices that support independent community living.

NAMI Greater Boston Meeting speakers Brendan Cochrane and Ziona Rivera

Thursday, February 20, 2020,  6:30pm-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. The  meeting is free, open to the public and scheduled to end at 8:30 pm. If attending for the first time, please email me hdt@nami.org or call 781-642-0368

Speaker will be Brendan Cochrane and Ziona Rivera. Each will tell their powerful recovery stories. More details and bios to follow.

Pacific Southwest MHTTC Webinar – Take Action: Implement Workforce Diversity Strategies to Effectively Address Disparities in Mental Health

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6-7 p.m

Register at https://events-na6.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1417634307/en/events/event/shared/1804416089/event_registration.html?connect-session=na6breez6rcgb9mfzd6hzim3&sco-id=2013632367&_charset_=utf-8 (opens in a new window/tab)

s our population becomes increasingly diverse, mental health organizations and providers see the value of employing diverse staff that reflect the people they serve. The Pacific Southwest MHTTC has developed a self-assessment instrument to help mental health organizations identify and implement workforce diversity strategies in six critical areas.

This webinar will highlight the importance of increasing workforce diversity for achieving health equity. Presenters will briefly outline the purpose of the six areas in strengthening workforce diversity. Then participants will have the opportunity to complete the tool and explore the different aspects of each area. This session is geared towards those in mental health organizations who are interested in assessing the importance of a culturally responsive workforce and taking action.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explore the importance and benefits of a diverse workforce in effectively addressing mental health disparities for community populations.
  2. Describe the critical components needed to assess the successes and challenges for mental health organizations in building a diverse workforce.
  3. Identify how your organization is doing in each area and overall to identify areas of focus.
  4. dentify action steps to address areas where organizations are more limited and incorporate these action steps into an existing organizational plan (e.g., strategic, cultural competency, or diversity plan).

For more information please visit https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/pacific-southwest-mhttc/event/take-action-implement-workforce-diversity-strategies

NIHCM WEBINAR – Teen Mental Health: Supporting Schools and Expanding Resources

Monday, February 24, 2020, 3 – 4:30 pm

Rates of mental illness and suicide have risen markedly among teens in recent years, as has substance use. Given the importance of early screening and access to resources, leaders are working with schools and taking new approaches to get teens help when they need it most.

This webinar will explore:

  1. Cross-sector strategies to prevent teen substance use and suicide
  2. The role of school-based health services in providing behavioral health care
  3. A program that brings evidence-based strategies to school professionals to help them address student behavioral health
  4. Data showing how school connectedness can serve as a protective factor for students

A draft agenda is available on our website. View the Data Insights

Register at https://www.nihcm.org/event-registration

NAMI Newton-Wellesley present an overview of the NAMI Mass Criminal Justice Diversion Project (CJDP) focusing on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and the Sharing Your Story with Law Enforcement program

Tueday, February 25, 2020, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Bowles Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington St., Newton, 02462

NAMI Mass Directior of Cummunity Education & Training Eliza Williamson will be speaking, joined by Annabel Lane, Brookline Police Dept. Social Worker and BOD member of NAMI Mass.

A Webinar for Black History Month by Surviving Race: The Intersection of Injustice, Disability, and Human Rights

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 1 – 2:30 pm

Creating a Space for Diverse Voices to Be Heard and Grow Leadership: hosted by the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

Presenters: Celia Brown, Lauren Tenney, and Jen Padron of Surviving Race. Celia and Lauren will speak about their work and activities with Surviving Race. Jen will speak about alternatives to calling 911 for “psychiatric/mental health reasons.” Several additional Surviving Race members will talk about their work. There will be time for Q&A and for others to share.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3711696573552845569

Website: www.survivingrace2014.wixsite.com/platformdevelopment
Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/364074427086419/
Email: SurvivingRace2014@gmail.com

Ticket-to-Work WISE Webinar: Choosing a Service Provider That’s Right for You

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 3 – 4:30 pm

You don’t have to pursue the path to financial independence through work alone. With free services and support from a Ticket to Work service provider, you can get help as you make the decision to work, look for a job, and successfully transition to the workplace.

During the February WISE webinar, we’ll talk about the different types of service providers that can help you start on the path to work.

Join the webinar to find answers to questions like:

What types of services and supports are available to me as I pursue my work goals?
How do I choose the Ticket program service provider that’s right for me?
How can I connect with a service provider?
Where can I learn more about how working and earning income will affect my Social Security disability benefits?
Register now

Online: choosework.ssa.gov/wise (opens in a new window/tab)

By Phone: 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY)

You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar.

Schedule of Events is at https://vinfen.org/events/moving-images/schedule-of-events/

Vinfen’s13th Annual Moving Images Film Festival

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
Directions and Parking: https://vinfen.org/events/moving-images/directions-and-parking/

The event is free and open to the public, but a donation of $10 is suggested and appreciated. CART Interpreter Services will be provided for panel discussions. Lunch will be served and parking at the venue is complimentary.

Register online at https://vinfen.org/events/moving-images/register/

Learn about the Films and Panels at https://vinfen.org/events/moving-images/films-and-panels/

Schedule of Events is at https://vinfen.org/events/moving-images/schedule-of-events/

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).

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.

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/

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.

NAMI Massachusetts Advocacy Day – Make Your Voice Heard!

Friday, April 3, 2020, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Great Hall, Massachusetts State House, Boston

(Directions, Parking, Map)

For more information https://namimass.org/advocacy-day/ (opens in new window)

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 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)

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)

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)

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.

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