• Learn about valuable community resources
• Chat with patients, patient family members, consumers, and the groups representing them
• Free refreshments • Drop in any time
EVENING THE FRAYED EDGES BOOKS HAVE BEEN WELCOMED TO SAMHSA’S VOICE AWARDS PRESENTATION AT HOLLYWOOD’S PARAMOUNT STUDIOS THIS MONTH!
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Center for Mental Health Services, the Voice Awards honor consumer/peer leaders who have played a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and promoted the social inclusion of people with behavioral health problems. http://www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/voiceawards/index.htmlThrough their exemplary leadership and advocacy, these individuals demonstrate that recovery is real and that people with behavioral health problems are valuable, contributing members of their schools, workplaces, and communities.
The awards also recognize TV and film writers and producers who have given a voice to people with behavioral health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into their scripts, programs, and productions. These dedicated, insightful, and influential professionals have helped change how TV and film viewers understand mental health and substance use disorders and accept people with behavioral health problems.
Each year, the Voice Awards features a theme that supports SAMHSA’s key strategic initiatives and is integrated throughout all facets of that year’s program. In 2012, the awards program will spotlight the strength and perseverance of athletes who face unique challenges in managing mental health and/or substance use disorders while continuing to train, compete, and remain in the public eye. Consideration is being given to consumer/peer leaders who educate the public about the behavioral health challenges of athletes and help empower them to begin the journey of recovery. Additional consideration is being given to TV and film productions that accurately and respectfully portray the behavioral health struggles of athletes, their resilience, and their paths to recovery.
Evening the frayed edges: the ripples of recovery. That is the title of our SECOND anthology!!! This time 5 writers belonging to the Recovery Narrative Project have put together a sequel to our original book. Of course we will be hosting an exciting book launch to introduce this book to our Friends, Families, Peers and Supporters! Details to come soon. The date of the book launch will be Thursday April 12, 2012. Check back here soon when all the details will be posted. We’d love to see you there at our second BOOK LAUNCH!!!
There are so many spiritual celebrations at this time of year that are probably linked to the winter solstice. The solstice is very important to me because that means each and every day is a little bit longer than the last. A little more light can’t be bad, in my opinion. New Years is another big celebration for many. For me and some in my network, it is a time to pause and reflect. This has been an outstanding year for many of us. However, there are other things for us to try. It is getting to the point where some of the readers of our first book (EVENING the frayed edges) are approaching the Authors and asking “Will there be a sequel?”. Writing has, is and will be an important part of the lives of many of the Authors, so yes sequel will be part of our future goals. Sharing our experiences via our written words (and public speaking too!) we realize we have helped decrease stigma and have personally benefited from the process. So, all the best to you in terms of celebrating the events you may wish to be part of and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
“I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to share my story about my journey with mental illness and living in recovery. I would welcome another opportunity to share my story and I think the other panel members would as well. Please feel free to contact us.”
A Recovery Narrative Author and Panel Member
A few of the authors from the Recovery Narrative Project were able to go to this years UBC HealthFair. Thank-you to all the attendees (Students, Faculty and Others) of our panel presentation who came to listen to our perspectives about living with a mental illness. Recovery is a journey so we have not recovered from mental illness, but instead are learning to recovery with a mental illness. Thank-you again to those who picked up a copy of our first book. And also thank-you to everyone who stopped by at our booth to chat and share their ideas/perspectives. Hopefully we will see each other again….
And kudos to the group that organized and facilitated this Health Fair. We feel it was an awesome day!
On Wednesday November 2, 2011 three of the authors from ‘EVENING the frayed edges’ will be speaking in a panel about ‘Recovery living with a mental illness’ at the UBC Student Health Fair! Further details will be posted soon! The topic of our panel presentation fits well with our books on recovery. Did I say books? That’s right, the Recovery Narrative Project did publish a book on recovery with mental illness and now we almost have a second book ready for publication! We feel both books compliment each other well and we our looking forward to sharing our stories…..
Again more details on our second book (Evening the frayed edges: the Ripples of Recovery) to come soon!
Next May, June and July you will not hear me complaining about the heat and sun. Why? I have gotten to experience almost no heat or sun yet this summer. I kinda miss it. In fact, I miss it a lot. My appetite usually shrinks. I get out for long walks. I even escape to forests so I can get some time away from the heat. Not this year. Last summer I took someone up to Lynn Canyon so they could experience this beautiful corner of the lower mainland. After a hike, I stuck my head in the cold creek that carves its way through the rock of Lynn Canyon. That cold water just energized me. Anyway, I am being energized this May, June and July. Doing what? Well, can not say quite yet but I’ll give you a hint. There maybe more frayed edges…..