Uniting Voices 2018: Mental Health Conference

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Speaker and workshop details:

Keynote Speaker:

Samantha Powers
Dispelling the Myths of Trauma and Student Veterans
Rm. 145, 10:00-11:00 PM
A commemoration of Memorial Day weekend

Workshop Breakout Session I:

Seema L. Clifasefi
Ph.D. & amp; members of the Life Enhancing Alcohol-management Program (LEAP) Advisory Board
Collaborative voices: Using community-based participatory research to reduce harm and improve quality of life for people with lived experience of homelessness and substance use problems
Rm. 145, 11:00-12:00 PM

In this workshop, we will share a community-based participatory research project known as the Life Enhancing Alcohol-management Program (LEAP). LEAP is a community/academic partnership aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm and improving quality of life for people with lived experience of homelessness and substance use problems. We will highlight the journey of our collaborative partnership and then panel members with lived experience of homelessness, substance use and mental health issues will share their unique perspectives about the impacts that the LEAP has had for them, both personally and for their respective communities.

Ann Vander Stoep
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Epidemiology, UW School of Medicine/School of Public Health, Child Health Institute
Promoting Mental Health from a Public Health Perspective
Rm. 307, 11:00-12:00 PM

Mental health conditions contribute heavily to the global burden of disease.  They typically have their onset in the late adolescent or early adult years and make it difficult for young people to function at school, at work, and in interpersonal relationships.  Nationwide surveys estimate that in any given year, nearly 1 in 3 young adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition, with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse being the most prevalent.  When we think about how best to address mental health problems, we typically think about approaches that involve professionals and treatment delivered in clinical settings with goals of reducing symptoms.  But mental health treatment resources are limited. What actions could we take as communities to promote positive mental health? In the workshop we will discuss programs designed to address mental health from a public health perspective.

Sophie Estella Miller 
Dungeons, Dragons, and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
Rm. 337, 11:00-12:00 PM

As Dungeons and Dragons undergoes a swell in popularity, more people have become familiar with its surprising ability to help players manage negative symptoms from a variety of disorders, as well as supplement common trauma therapies. In this presentation, D&D’s core mechanics will be highlighted for their ability to assist the player in overcoming, and healing from negative life experiences, as displayed by personal anecdotes, and academic evidence.

Workshop Breakout Session II:

Elaine Walsh 
Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, Associate Professor, UW School of Nursing
Suicide Prevention Basics
Rm. 145, 1:20-2:20 PM

This session is designed for people with or without a background in healthcare who want to recognize and provide basic help for someone who might be at risk for suicide.  Topics include statistics, risk factors, and warning signs associated with suicidal behavior, and ways to respond and provide help to someone who might be at risk for suicide.

Gideon C. Elliott
B.A. in Psychology, Peer Support Group Facilitator, In Our Own Voice presenter and Administrative Assistant at NAMI Seattle
& Amina Mohamud 
B.A. in Psychology, Behavioral Specialist, Ending the Silence presenter and Helpline Coordinator at NAMI Seattle
Mental Health and Intersectional Identities
Rm. 307, 1:20-2:20 PM

This workshop will explore what it means to live at the intersections of mental health conditions and other identities, how those identities can affect barriers to care, how you can identify some of your own intersections, and touch on what these intersections mean for a professional working in the mental health sector.

Anthony Aguiluz 
MA LMHC from Hall Health Center
Dear Stigma, Please Leave Us Alone. Sincerely, Active Minds
Rm. 337, 1:20-2:20 PM

In this workshop, we will use a practice of narrative therapy, letter writing, to address mental health stigma directly. After a brief introduction to the philosophy and practice of narrative therapy and letter writing participants will compose their own letters to mental health stigma (or shame, stigma’s best friend) and there will be an opportunity for a handful of brave volunteers to share their letters and for all of us to listen to their stories. A background in writing is not necessary and pens, pencils and paper will be provided. All participants need to bring is a sense of openness, courage and their listening ears.

Closing Speaker:

Anne Browning

Resilience & Compassion: Building Strength for the Road Ahead
Rm. 145, 2:20-3:20 PM

The challenges we face today are increasingly complex and interconnected.  By developing our individual and collective capacity for resilience and compassion, we lay a framework that will enable us to thrive as individuals and communities.  We will explore how neuroscience, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and compassion operate to contribute to our ability to experience resilience when inevitable hardship, failure, and struggle occurs.

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