“Ending the Silence: Students United for Mental Health Awareness” Day
Connect students to build a collaborative climate that supports mental health wellness practices. Building a school community that is inclusive, supportive, and appropriately responsive of/for/to students and their families who are impacted by mental illness.
OCS & CHCCS- Sophomores & Juniors, 7 student team of diverse students with adult advisor
October 15, 2020 8:30-2:30
UNC School of Social Work)
On February 27 from 6-7 PM, Donna Kay Smith and Susan Spalt will discuss their book “Finding Hope” at the Chapel Hill Public Library (located at 100 Library Drive).
“Finding Hope” is a practical guide for families affected by mental illness. It is derived from the lived experience of families who deal with all types and severity of these illnesses on a daily basis. It was written for people in these situations who had ongoing difficulties. The problems were twofold–a lack of resources that would help to manage these illnesses, and a treatment system that failed their loved one in basic ways. “Finding Hope” was developed in the context of these challenges. Most importantly, it states that no matter how hard or painful the experience, no matter how long it takes to be realized–there is hope. The four sponsors of the event are the Chapel Hill Public Library, National Alliance of Mental Illness in Orange County, Faith Connections on Mental Health, and the Mental Health Community Connection.
“And so the voices on the margins get heard and the circle of compassion widens. Souls feeling their worth, refusing to forget that we belong to each other,” says Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA, in his book Tattoos on the Heart. Fr. Boyle and two homeboys will be sharing how they engage in healing conflicts and instilling hope of a fulfilling life at the Faith Connections on Mental Illness Hope & Healing Conference 2020: Faithfully Practicing Community Inclusion on Friday, March 13 at the McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh, NC. Speakers from the Durham Nativity School, Rebound, Recovery Communities of NC, and Reintegration Support Network will present how engagement and support creates a healthier community. Early Bird rates end 2/28/2020. For registration and more information visit: fcmi-nc.org