This year’s Peer Recovery and Wellness Conference will bring together local experts to discuss some of newest trends in mental health services.
Staci Willis, one of the conference organizers and a recovery support specialist team leader for the Lottie House Drop-In Center, said the event is a way to connect with and support people in recovery from mental illness or addiction. She said being among peers is important because they are someone you can relate to.
“They are someone who may have had some of the same experiences you have had. Here at Lottie House a peer can be someone who has dealt with a mental illness, or trauma or addiction,” Willis said.
Crisis services, medications, wellness and recovery action plans and health homes will be some of the main topics discussed at the conference on Sept. 9 at the Crossings Community Center, 2208 W. Hefner Road, in Oklahoma City.
Experts will be available in break-out rooms to answer individual questions. Representatives from the housing department, the office of Social Security Disability, HeartLine resource directory and Oklahoma Citizen Advocates for Recovery & Treatment Association will also be available to provide information to those in attendance.
In addition to the educational topics, conference-goers can visit booths and be entertained throughout the day with special performances.
“All the topics will be of interest whether you are there for yourself or you want to advocate for someone else,” Willis said.
The cost of the conference is $5 if you preregister by Sept. 2. Pre-registration is suggested because space is limited to 300.
The fee covers lunch, a T-shirt and an INTEGRIS Wellness Check for those who wish to participate.
To register by phone, call Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Training Institute at 405-522-8300.
The conference also includes the opportunity for Peer Recovery Support Specialists to earn continuing education credits in Ethics. See the conference program for details.
Jean Williams is a NewsOK Contributor and a volunteer with the Edmond North-OKC National Alliance on Mental Illness. Email: email@example.com
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