Last year my good friend Raul along with Isabella Mori (psychotherapist and blogger) started up Mental Health Camp, which was inspired by a panel hosted by Airdrie Miller at Northern Voice 2009. The event was such a success that they have added on to the organization team, secured a larger venue, and are expanding the program this July.
“The motto for Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2010 is Breaking our Silence. Â Setting us Free, Raul told me. Â “We (Isabella and I) wanted to build on the success of last year’s MHC, where we began a conversation around how social media can help dispel myths around mental illness, and how the pain of silence, and how it impacts our mental and physical health.”
The conference is currently looking for speakers on a variety of topics and those who can speak from personal or professional experience with mental health or mental illness. “We are trying to bring awareness that depression, ADHD, anxiety and other mental illnesses should not be stigmatized,” added Raul. “We are trying to reduce the stigma by encouraging Mental Health Camp participants to speak about it”.
Mental Health Camp will take place July 10th, 2010 at the Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory at UBC. You can follow updates and chatter online by searching for the tag #mhcyvr10 on Twitter or following @MentalHealthC.
May is Mental Health Month and this Monday is the start of Mental Health Week in Vancouver. In honor of this, CJSF 90.1FM from SFU will be live at Gallery Gachet on Cordova May 4th at 7:00pm with special musical guest Dan Mangan.