When Mental Illness Hits Home

Register Online(Formerly Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness)
A conference to help those journeying with people with mental illness.
Friday, August 23 – Saturday, August 24
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
One Day: $40 Both Days: $60 – Lunch included
Illinois Continuing Education Units available for an additional $20
Friday: 5.25 CEUs LCPC or LCSW
Saturday: 5 CEUs LCPC or LCSW

Morning Keynote:
Art Holliday“Before They Fall Off The Cliff” – Art Holliday, KDSK Anchor and recipient of the 1999 Mental Health Media Award from the State Advisory Council for Comprehensive Psychiatric Services, will talk about his first documentary “Before They Fall Off the Cliff: The Ripple Effect of Schizophrenia.” The documentary tells the story of the McBride family. The McBride’s son, Matt, murdered his parents in 1994, following years of struggle to get help for his mental disorder, paranoid schizophrenia. How has the mental health field changed since then and what has Art learned in his years of reporting about mental health issues Lisa McBride Uxa, Matt’s sister, has become a mental health advocate and will speak about her families’ situation and what her efforts are now in helping others who deal with this devastating illness.

Maureen Mulhall1:15 – 2:15
“State of the Union in Mental Health”
Maureen Mulhall, Lobbyist and Legislative Consultant with Government Strategy Associates, will share insights on legislative opportunities to increase mental health education and awareness, reduce stigma and increase access to mental health services for all consumers.

2:30 – 3:30
“Resources and Current Practices”
A representative from Chestnut Health Systems will talk about mental health resources and what the current practices are used in medication, therapy and education in the mental health field.

3:30 – 4:00
Wrap up

Morning Keynote:
Dr. Mark Komrad“How to Convince Someone to Get Psychiatric Help”
Dr. Mark Komrad
Just about everyone knows a relative, friend, or coworker who is exhibiting signs of emotional or behavioral turmoil. Yet figuring out how to reach out to that person can feel insurmountable. In this workshop, based on his book, You Need Help: A Step-by-Step Plan to Convince a Loved One to Get Counseling, psychiatrist Dr. Mark Komrad will review why people often don’t get professional help on their own, and how you can work with them to achieve that goal. Methods of effective communication and persuasion will be reviewed. Considerations such as how to choose the right time and place, how work with key allies, and how to move from persuasion to “therapeutic coercion” will be presented. Finally, you will learn how to mobilize the authorities for involuntary evaluation, if necessary, and how to maximize the outcome of that process.

1:30 – 2:30
Dr. Komrad will talk about caregivers and what they need to do to take care of themselves.

2:30 – 3:30
QPR: How, When and Where Do You Find Help for Someone who is at Risk of Suicide?
The St. Clair County Suicide PRevention Alliance will share the QPR-Question, Persuade and Refer training, the CPR for suicide prevention. QPR trains both professional and laypeople on how to recognize and handle a suicide crisis.

3:30 – 4:00
Healing Service with Deacon Jim Murphey

When Mental Illness Hits Home is presented by the Karla Smith Foundation, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and the St. Clair County Mental Health Board.

For more information: 618-394-6270

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