November 2013 eCast – Webinar Edition

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Improving Health and Healthcare for People with Serious Mental Health Conditions

People with serious mental health conditions are at risk of premature death, often due to untreated and preventable diseases, limited health care options, poverty, poor nutrition, smoking or lack of exercise.

Join this webinar on December 16th (Monday) from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EST

Benjamin Druss, M.D., MPH,  the Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health at the Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University will be the lead presenter at this webinar.  He is one of the leading experts and researchers in the area of physical and mental health integration. He discusses a model that has relevance for large scale replication throughout the U.S.                                                 

Joining Dr. Druss with be Dori Hutchinson, Sc.d. and Gloria Dickerson from Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, which has provided services for the physical and emotional wellness of its students for over 20 years.

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PhotoVoice at State House

In an effort to raise awareness for Disability Mentoring Month, the Massachusetts State House displayed the works of members of Waverley Place, McLean Hospital’s community psychiatric rehabilitation program. 35 works of art were placed in historic Doric Hall from October 15th to October 28th in order to provide a voice for those living with mental illness while hoping to end the stigma and discrimination that goes along with it. The works of art featured between 25 works from Waverly Place’s Photovoice and Writings program as well as 10 from the Recovery Center of Boston University.

The Photovoice program is a public health research process that gives cameras to people who have been disempowered, asking them to take photographs of their communities. The photos are then narrated with the goals of enabling people to record and reflect on their community strengths and concerns. The program’s goal is to promote critical dialogue and knowledge of personal and community issues through group discussion as well as promote awareness for mental illness. The program is currently implemented at both Waverley Place and the Recovery Center of Boston University.

“The program has been extremely beneficial to our members that participate. It’s a great way for them to express themselves and develop relationships with other members of the community,” said Jennifer Hinde, vocational specialist at Waverley Place.

A video of the display is available on Youtube:

Pictures are also available on our Facebook page:  FacebookPhotovoice

PhotoVoice exhibit at the Massachusetts State House, October 15-28, '13Partners/ and McLean are the primary sponsors….

Posted by BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation on Thursday, October 17, 2013


Photovoice Art Exhibit Featuring Works by People with Mental Illness

On Wednesday, November 13th, an exhibit was held at the Student Center Exhibit Area of Worcester State University, Worcester, MA. 

The Stigma and Recovery Photovoice Exhibit showcased photography and writing by people with serious mental illness and psychiatric disabilities. Photographs and accompanying narratives were exhibited that capture the participants’ experiences with mental health-related challenges, discrimination, and recovery.  
For a look, see our Facebook page:   FB PhotoVoice Worcester


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It is of interest especially to those helping others obtain employment.

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This eCast was produced by CPR staff including Bernard Kingsley, Erica Ratti, and William Costa.

This eCast and numerous products of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation are supported by a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education and the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (NIDRR/CMHS).

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