Friday, May 1, 2009

Clark County participates in Mental Health Month activities

Vancouver, Wash. -- Mental health service providers throughout Clark County have joined a national effort called “May is Mental Health Month” by hosting a series of events. The theme for this year's observance is “Thriving in the Community.”

For more than fifty years, the U.S. has celebrated May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness about mental illnesses and the importance of mental wellness for all.

A brief calendar of Clark County events includes:

Monday, April 27- Friday, May 8

Entries will be accepted for the 2009 Visions of Recovery Poster Contest. The contest is open to anyone who has received public mental health services in Clark County, and/or family members of recipients, to submit art that reflects their vision of what recovery means to them. Five $100 prizes will be awarded to the entries receiving the most votes from our public. Contest rules and entry forms are available in the Department of Community Services office at 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Bldg 17, Ste. 214, and may also be found on the Clark County web site at http://www.clark.wa.gov/mental-health/recovery/index.html .

For more information please contact:

Pat Roe

Mental Health Program Coordinator

Clark County Regional Support Network

(360) 397-2130

patricia.roe@clark.wa.gov

Thursday, May 7, 8:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Representatives will be on hand to discuss Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Resource information and more will be available in the Clark County Public Service Center Lobby, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver.

For more information please contact:

Pat Roe

Mental Health Program Coordinator

Clark County Regional Support Network

(360) 397-2130

patricia.roe@clark.wa.gov

Friday, May 8, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Mental Health Quiz Show

Co-hosted by the Clark County Regional Support Network and Lifeline Connections, a fun competition will test the knowledge of teams regarding mental health and recovery issues. Fun prizes will be awarded.

For more information please contact:

Melanie Green

Mental Health Recovery Coordinator

Clark County Regional Support Network

(360) 397-2130

melanie.green@clark.wa.gov

Monday, May 11, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

First public viewing and voting to select top entries to the 2009 “Visions of Recovery” poster contest.

For more information please contact:

Pat Roe

Mental Health Program Coordinator

Clark County Regional Support Network

(360) 397-2130

patricia.roe@clark.wa.gov

Friday, May 15, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Clark County Regional Support Network Visions of Recovery Celebration featuring actress/performer Victoria Maxwell and her one-woman show, “Crazy for Life” as well as other activities.

For more information contact:

Melanie Green

Mental Health Recovery Coordinator

Clark County Regional Support Network

(360) 397-2130

melanie.green@clark.wa.gov

Sunday, May 17, 1:00 p.m.

NAMI Northwest Walk

Annual fundraiser for local NAMI affiliates

For more information please contact:

NAMI Clark County

(360) 695-2823

janmck@nami-clark.org

Tuesday, May 28, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Stigma…In Our Work, In Our Lives

Co-hosted by the Clark County Regional Support Network and the Clark County Mental Health Ombudsman.

The event will feature a viewing of a video produced by the Anti-Stigma Project with an interactive discussion to follow.

For more information contact:

Melanie Green

Mental Health Recovery Coordinator

Clark County Regional Support Network

(360) 397-2130

melanie.green@clark.wa.gov

Saturday, May 30

Columbia River Mental Health Services Annual Gala Fundraiser

The event serves as an annual fundraiser featuring dinner, Irish music, entertainment, a raffle, and silent and live auctions.

For more information please contact:

Pat Stryker

Development and Community Relations Director

Columbia River Mental Health Services

(360) 993-3000

pats@crmhs.org

2 comments:

karen said...

This is great news! Both the mentally ill and their familes and friends need as much support as they can receive.

Happy Citizen

karim said...

A valuable post on mental wellness.

Thanks,
Karim - Mind Power