Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thriving in Recovery - 27th Annual Conference - Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

Friday, November 13th, 2015

9:00 am to 3:45 pm

McInnes Room
Student Union Building
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Conference Registration

(includes morning refreshments, lunch, and one nutrition break) 

General: $125 

Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia Members: $80 

Students: $40 

Unwaged: Free

To register as Unwaged, please fill out and mail in the registration form (PDF) available by clicking here, or call the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia provincial office at 902-465-2601 or 1-800-465-2601 (toll free in Nova Scotia) to register .

All-Day Parking Pass: $10

Online paid conference registration is available immediately below (the form may take a minute to load).

Conference Program

Morning Emcee

Ms. Starr Dobson
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

Conference Speakers

"Retelling the Story of Mental Illness: Resistance, Reclamation, and Recovery"

Laura Burke, M.A.
Drama Therapist / Playwright / Actor / Spoken Word Poet

"Recovery from Schizophrenia"

Frederick J. Frese III, Ph.D.
Summit County (Ohio) Recovery Project
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Dr. Frese is a psychologist with more than forty years experience working with people who are living with severe mental illnesses. Since retiring from the Ohio mental health system where he served as Director of Psychology at Western Reserve Psychiatric Hospital for 15 years, he has coordinated the Summit County Recovery Project, serving folks who have experienced mental illness in the Akron area. He serves on the clinical faculty at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and Case Western Reserve University. He has served on the Boards of the National Institute for the Severely Handicapped (NISH), and was also the longest serving member of Board of Trustees of National Alliance on Mentally Illness (NAMI). He currently serves on the Board of the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) and CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) International.

"Worth Living"

Keith Anderson, LL.B., LL.M.
Public Speaker / Mental Health Advocate / Author / Consultant

Keith Anderson is a lawyer who had depression. In 2003, the illness had such a devastating impact that he lost his personal relationships, his career, and almost his life. After years of being confined to the house, he wanted to explain to the world what had happened. He was desperate to have a voice.

He has since written for the National Post, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, and the Canadian Bar Association. And, as part of sharing his relevant and inspiring journey of succeeding over depression, Keith has spoken at national conferences, universities, awareness campaigns, and fundraisers.

Keith has found his voice.

"Moving from Pathology to Recovery"

Chris Summerville, D.Min., CPRP
Chief Executive Officer
Schizophrenia Society of Canada

Dr. Chris Summerville is a resident of Steinbach, Manitoba, and has had personal experience with mental illness as a family member and as an individual. He has been the executive director of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society since 1995, and CEO of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada for the past eight years

As a provincial and national leader, Chris serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, and he is Co-Chair of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. On August 31, 2007, Chris was named by Prime Minister Harper as one of eleven non-governmental directors of the board of the newly established Mental Health Commission of Canada, then chaired by The Honourable Michael Kirby.

With an earned doctorate, Chris is a Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP), an ASIST Suicide Intervention Trainer with Living Works, and he is a trainer with the Co-Occurring Disorders Initiative of Manitoba Health and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. He is an ordained pastor credentialed with the Associated Gospel Churches of Canada.

Chris’ passion is the creation of recovery oriented mental health services that address body, mind, soul and spirit in the context of community from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-recovery-empowerment perspective.

In his advocacy for enhanced mental health services for all people groups of Canada, Chris believes our society and leaders must see mental illness and mental health challenges, not merely as a health issue, but as a social justice issue that addresses the inequities, inequalities, and injustices towards those living with mental illness (and their families), who have been ghettoized, stigmatized, marginalized, and disenfranchised through systemic discrimination.

"Our Family’s Journey from Illness to Wellness"

Cecilia McRae, B.Ed., B.Sc.
Member, Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group

Cecilia McRae is a retired teacher, a co-facilitator of the Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group, a member of the Creative Wellness Group in Antigonish, Past President of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, and a former member of the Advisory Committee for the 2012 Mental Health and Addictions Strategy for Nova Scotia, Together We Can. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island.

Conference Sponsors

The conference logo is an original graphic design donated by Terri Vernon, faculty member, Nova Scotia Community College, Annapolis Valley Campus, Middleton.

8th Annual Mental Health Community Festival of Hope

TODAY, October 8th, 1:30 pm

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Infinitely Polar Bear:
Free Film Screening to Raise Awareness of Mental Illness

Saturday, October 10 at 10am
Cineplex Cinemas New Glasgow

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 4 – 10, 2015, and in New Glasgow there will be a free film screening to raise awareness of mental illness and its impact on families.

Infinitely Polar Bear will be screened at 10 am, Saturday, October 10 at Cineplex Cinemas on East River Road, New Glasgow. This will be the first showing of this film in Nova Scotia, a film that was screened last year at international film festivals, including Sundance, Toronto and Vancouver.

The film is the true story of a father with Bipolar who tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters. The film was written and directed by Maya Forbes, telling the story of her father.  

The film is being shown on the last day of Mental Illness Awareness Week, a cause that is very personal for the organizers, Elaine Garland and Cecilia McRae, of the Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group.

Cecilia and Elaine’s family’s have both been touched by mental illness. Both sit on the Board of the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia, and with support from that organization were able to start the Pictou County support group they now co-facilitate.

The Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group is fundraising to make the free screening   possible, and the event is being presented in partnership with the Aberdeen Health Foundation.

The Aberdeen Health Foundation is committed to mental health initiatives and to raising awareness about the Sandbar Mental Health Endowment, a fund that supports mental health treatment and      programs in our community,” says Susan Malcolm of the Aberdeen Health Foundation.

The Foundation is also sponsoring tickets, to provide some of the 200 free seats the organizers hope to have available.

For those wanting to sponsor seats, or in the event the free seats are filled, tickets are $8, including taxes, this is a special ticket price that is being offered by Cineplex for this event. To sponsor or reserve seats contact Elaine at (902) 695-6118. 

To read more about MIAW and the efforts of the PCMIFSG to raise awareness and reduce stigma please visit here.