Hope and Heroes Celebration to be held

March 31st, 2008    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

The Partnership for Mental Health Inc. is once again celebrating hope for those individuals living with mental illness and recognizing those heroes in the professional mental health field who daily make a positive impact on the lives of those suffering from mental illness.

To that end, the third annual “Celebration of Hope and Heroes” will take place at the Receptions Conference Center in Eastgate May 13.

The dedicated and ever-expanding Partnership for Mental Health, which was formed three years ago under the name the Clermont County Mental Health Alliance, has several events planned for May 13.

“All of the events planned during the day are designed to draw attention to mental health issues and help fight the stigma that still surrounds them through education and awareness,” said partnership president Ann-Hoffman-Ruffner. “We are excited about the celebration – it will be a day to remember.”

Representatives of the Partnership for Mental Health plan the
The day will start with a continuing education program from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for those professionals on the creative brain, and how the arts can be therapeutic for anyone suffering and living with mental illness.

"This will focus on understanding the neuroscience of creative genius and use of the arts, such as visual art, music, and recovery," Hoffman-Ruffner said. "Some can visually express themselves when they perhaps cannot articulate their feelings into words. There is an important connection between art and recovery."

Nurses, social workers, counselors, and occupational therapists will have the opportunity to earn up to three continuing education contact hours for the days event.

"The luncheon will also include a program designed to share the personal experiences and artistic talents of an individual whose life has been impacted by mental illness," Hoffman-Ruffner said.

This year's luncheon keynote speaker is Dr. Tracy Skale, the chief medical officer at Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Skale will be speaking on the advances made in understanding and treating mental disorders.

The "Celebration of Hope and Heroes" luncheon will honor persons whose recovery process has inspired 'hope' to others on the oftentimes difficult road to recovery; the luncheon will also honor community advocates, or "heroes," who have served as role models in the mental health community.

And finally, the partnership, which includes more than 20 professional agencies and organizations, will be holding a reception starting at 10:30 a.m. to introduce the Partnership for Mental Health to the region.

"This kick-off will include an overview of the work of the Partnership and will include a time for networking as well as the mental health consumer juried art show and silent auction," Hoffman-Ruffner said.

For more information about the Celebration of Hope and Heroes, call Hoffman-Ruffner at (513) 732-8558.

Any community member can nominate someone for a hope or hero award.
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