Mental Health Conference - TAKING CHARGE

Join Healthy Minds Canada at our 1st ever "Taking Charge"! It's a full day conference on schizophrenia from diagnosis, through treatment options and medication management, and care team communication, to living in recovery. June 20th in Toronto.
TORONTO - May 19, 2015 - PRLog -- Taking Charge
Pathways to Owning Your Mental Health

Healthy Minds Canada has created a new national program designed to help people with mental illnesses and addictions TAKE CHARGE of their own mental health.

For our Inaugural event, Healthy Minds Canada is partnering with the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) on June 20th for a one day conference on Schizophrenia.

Recovery from Mental Illness
“Recovery is a process, a way of life, an attitude, and a way of approaching the day’s challenges. It is not a perfectly linear process. At times our course is erratic and we falter, slide back, regroup and start again… The need is to meet the challenge of the disability and to re-establish a new and valued sense of integrity and purpose within and beyond the limits of the disability; the aspiration is to live, work and love in a community in which one makes a significant contribution.”

— Pat Deegan, PhD, person in recovery from serious mental illness

To many people in the addictions and mental health space, “recovery” is a term restricted to substance use conditions. However, there has been growing recognition that it also applies to mental health.

People diagnosed with all mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, can and do recover and live full, meaningful lives – given their own individual “right mix” of medication, peer and community supports and professional services.

About Taking Charge
A patient’s understanding of their medications is vital to a satisfactory patient experience and treatment follow through. According to the American College of Preventive Medicine , only 35% of patients knew the side effects of their medication; up to 50% of patients leave their doctor’s offices not knowing what they were told; and, even worse, almost 90% have trouble following advice on taking medications properly and getting important tests. Clearly, communication between the caregiver delivering the medication and the patient who receives it must improve.

Our goal is to foster the dialogue between community-based organizations, national organizations, individuals with lived experience, and treatment providers by educating and empowering Canadians to better understand their own mental health and wellness treatment options.

Taking Charge promotes the hope and promise that people can and do recover from even the most serious mental health conditions when they are provided a full array of both treatment and recovery supports.

Join us on June 20th at UTSC for a full day conference on Schizophrenia – possible treatment options, medication management, care team communication, peer support, recovery, wellness and

Katie W. Robinette
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