CT Forum Panel on Mental Illness Sponsored By HHC
Hartford HealthCare's Behavioral Health Network is hosting an event in the Connecticut Forum series called "An Honest Look at Mental Illness," on Friday, March 7th at the Bushnell. Dr. Harold I. Schwartz, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at The IOL, will be on the panel. Other panelists will be Royce White, NBA draft pick as well as authors Andrew Solomon and Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison. The panel will be moderated by John Dankosky, host of WNPR's "Where we live." The forum is described as "a conversation about perceptions, realities and what it's like to work and live with the stigma of mental illness." For more information or tickets, click here or call 860-509-0909.
Black & Red Gala raises more than $1 million to benefit The Institute of Living
Hartford Hospital celebrated its most successful Black & Red Gala ever on Saturday, January 25th, at the Bushnell. More than 1,200 guests attended the annual fundraising event, which this year benefited The Institute of Living. The gala netted more than $1 million, a record for the 23rd annual fund-raiser. The Black & Red Gala attracted a soldout crowd who enjoyed an evening of fine dining, and a performance by the Barenaked Ladies.The event also featured a live TV broadcast by FoxCT that created awareness of the hospital’s “Stop The Stigma” campaign, which is aimed at eliminating the stigma and discrimination that makes it hard for people with mental illness to get the help they need.
"Stop the Stigma": A Campaign to End the Stigma of Mental Illness
An estimated 26.2% of Americans ages 18 and older (about one in four adults) suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. And adults are not the only ones affected. Children and adolescents struggle with mental illness as well. For some people, a mental illness may be a lifelong condition, like diabetes. But as with diabetes, proper treatment enables many people with a mental illness to lead fulfilling and productive lives. The fear of stigma and discrimination has a devastating effect on those living with mental illness and on their families. By helping to combat the stigma associated with mental illness we can help increase the number of people that seek treatment. The Institute of Living offers many treatment options for people living with mental illness, as well as support for their families and loved ones. One thing we cannot do alone is break down the stigma of mental illness in our society. But you can make a difference. You can help change the way people view mental illness. We invite you to take the “Stop the Stigma” pledge to change the way we think and talk about mental illness. Our goal is to obtain 5,000 individual pledges.
The pledge reads: I pledge to ...
- Show compassion by reaching out to those in need of help. I will not let anyone suffer in silence.
- Have the courage to speak up and challenge stereotypes and attitudes. I will not tolerate or perpetuate stigma.
- Teach by sharing my own experiences with mental illness and encouraging others to share their stories with me. I will learn in order to change.
- Demand a change in how we view and address mental illness. I will help lead the way.
Please ask everyone — fellow employees, volunteers, patients, the community — to take this pledge. It is online now at www.StopTheStigmaCT.org
Out of the Shadows: A Community Conversation on Mental Health
On January 14, 2014, Hartford Healthcare Behavioral Health Network Senior Vice President Stephen Larcen, Ph.D. and Harold I. Schwartz, MD, Regional Vice President and Psychiatrist-in-Chief for The Institute of Living were featured panelists during the live Town Hall Meeting, Out of the Shadows: A Community Conversation on Mental Health. This event was held in collaboration with the Connecticut Civic Health Advisory Group, the Connecticut Commission on Children, the Connecticut Network (CT-N), Everyday Democracy and the Secretary of the State’s Office, with funding provided by Connecticut Humanities. This event was broadcast live on the CT-N website.
Seeking entries from high school students for BrainDance Awards
The 11th Annual BrainDance Awards competition is seeking entries from all high school students in Connecticut. The competition (sponsored by the IOL) is for high school student projects on mental illness designed to decrease the stigma of mental illness. The BrainDance Awards encourage high school students to gain knowledge about psychiatric diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward people with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote students’ interest in careers in mental health care. To receive a BrainDance Award, a student must submit an academic project or an art project on themes related to severe mental illness. Projects must be submitted using a flash drive or dropbox format only. Awards up to $1,000 will be given to the best submissions. The deadline for submissions is February 1st. The BrainDance Awards will be held on April 24, 2014. To apply for the awards, please visit www.nrc-iol.org and follow the link to BrainDance for application forms, information, and procedures. Email Nancy Hubbard for more information.
David F. Tolin, Ph.D., ABPP to be honored with a lifetime achievement award
Dr. David Tolin, Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy at The Institute of Living, will be given a lifetime achievement award at the annual meeting of the Connecticut Psychological Association in October of this year.
The Anxiety Disorders Center is seeking participants for several research projects
The Anxiety Disorders Center is seeking participants for clinical trials. Study treatment is provided at no cost to participants. We are currently seeking adult patients with any of the following primary diagnoses:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
For more information, please call 860-545-7039 or visit http://www.harthosp.org/InstituteOfLiving/AnxietyDisordersCenter/CurrentResearch/default.aspx
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