The Key to Resiliency & Long Term Recovery in Schizophrenia

Sakeenah and Anika Francis (a mother with schizophrenia and her daughter) talk about the power of resilience, connections, and hope as keys to long term recovery in mental illness at upcoming Cleveland conference.
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CLEVELAND - Aug. 19, 2013 - PRLog -- Sakeenah and Anika Francis are the authors of the mother daughter memoir, Love's All That Make Sense which deals with growing up with a mother with schizophrenia. Both will be presenting a joint workshop at the Roads To Recovery '13 Conference entitled "A Journey Beyond Medicaid" at the Cleveland Airport Marriott West Hotel September 16, 2013. The conference is sponsored by the Alcohol, Drug Addiction And Mental Health Services (ADHAMS) of Cuyohoga, Ohio.

Mother and daughter will be discussing the best practices for recovery and resilience for consumers, family caregivers and providers from a consumer and family caregiver's perspective. Workshop participants will learn about tapping into the power of personal connections, choice and purpose for long-term recovery; recovery skills and medication management; coping strategies for family caregivers; and insights into programs and services that best support resiliency in consumers and caregivers.

In the afternoon, each will give a workshop of their own. Anika Francis is a yoga therapist and she will be talking about research findings on therapeutic yoga practices that improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and counter depression.She will teach about the yogic approach to mental wellness, therapeutic yoga practices for anxiety and depression, and basic yoga postures and breathing practices that can help rewire emotional responses and the nervous system. This workshop incorporates lecture, basic breathing practices, and simple yoga postures that can be done seated.

Sakeenah will be talking about In Our Own Voice Living With Mental Illness along with Darryl Haase, a Mental Health Advocate who also lives in Cleveland.

In Our Own Voice is a unique recovery education presentation that offers hope and provides insight into the recovery now possible for people with mental illness. IOOV is often a transformative experience for presenters, who are empowered by giving voice to their struggles and successes. Presenters cover issues they frequently face while living with mental illness as they delve into the following topics: Dark Days, Acceptance, Treatment, Coping Skills and Successes, Hopes and Dreams.
Details on the conference can be found at
Sakeenah and Anika's book, Love's All That Makes Sense A Mother Daughter Memoir has been described as providing "validation and inspiration for families who face similar struggles, as well as provide mental health care providers with perspectives that can inform care." That is from a review by Dr Sarah Y Vinson, an Atlanta psychiatrist, writing on Black Mental Health.

A review by Sandra Shwayder Sanchez on Bookpleasures said "I cannot recommend this wonderful book highly enough for each and every reader who cares about a world where people love and care for one another."
Love's All That Makes Sense A Mother Daughter Memoir ( is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM and other book stores and in a Kindle and Kobo version. (ISBN  978-1927637005, 260 pages, 19.95)
Mother and Daughter discuss their journey on Youtube

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