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“Complimentary Practices for Wellness” Panel April 25th

“Integrating Mindfulness and Medicine: Complementary Practices for Wellness”

Valeria Chambers, Community Voice Policy & Research Coordinator, will share her experience of using complementary paths to wellness as part of the panel at MBHP’s Recovery Forum

April 25 at the Best Western Hotel, Marlborough

Registration is REQUIRED https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RecoveryForum2018

Details on the Flyer and statewide calendar of Events

MassPRA Honors Marnie Fougere

Congratulations Marnie!

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (MassPRA) has chosen Marnie Fougere, Deaf Recovery Project Coordinator at The TC, to receive the 2018 Isaiah Uliss Advocacy Award.

This award honors Marnie’s lifetime work in the Deaf community on behalf of those who also have a mental health conditions.

The ceremony is being held at MassPRA’s annual meeting April 9, registration is closed.

About MassPRA and their annual conference in October (link)

Registration open! CVG in South Hadley

Tuesday, May 8

South Hadley Library

Join us for the 2018 Community Voice Gathering in Western MA!

Enjoy and strengthen the peer support during Mental Health Month

Flyer

Registration (this is an interactive gathering, space limited to the first 45 who register)

More about The Transformation Center’s Community Voice Initiative

MA Leadership Academy 2018 “Bridging Our Networks”

March 20, 21, 22

The Silos Within:  Bridging our Network to Create Deep Connections, Leadership, and Stronger Allies

The 2018 Massachusetts Leadership Academy (MLA) explores how to bridge the gaps between the mental health community and the physical disability community.   People who identify with both of these groups and are interested in advocacy are encouraged to apply.

Flyer
Link to online application DEADLINE to apply March 9

The MLA is a 3-day retreat where we gather to develop our personal leadership skills, learn about the mental health recovery movement, and learn how to advocate for change through the power of peer support.  By bringing people together across a spectrum of abilities and struggles, we hope to weave a strong web of resource and allies to improve our lives.

About the location:
The UMASS Lowell Conference Center Inn
https://www.acc-umlinnandconferencecenter.com/
50 Warren Street | Lowell, MA 01852

Contact us or assistance with the application or for more information:
MLA@transformation-center.org
617-442-4111

Black in Boston Interested in Mental Health & Healing?

Wednesday February 14th & 28th

Blacks United in Recovery (BUR) is holding regular meetings for Blacks in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.  Come to The Transformation Center February 14 1:30 – 4:30 and/or February 28

Consider joining our Advisory Council to help decision-makers better understand what people need and want to improve their mental health and improve access to healthcare services that work. Participants attending a meeting once each month will receive a $20 VISA gift card.

IF you are Black in Dorchester, Roxbury or Mattapan and concerned about healthcare and policy (as a community leader, a person with lived experience of recovery from mental health issues, trauma or addiction or a friend or family member of someone with lived experience) YOU are invited to join healthcare researchers and policy makers to affect change in healthcare practices and public policy for both providers and people served.

The Advisory Council is funded by a grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. For a description of the project go to PCORI link. The grant helps The Transformation Center support Blacks to consider their needs and explore research questions that could make a difference to their local communities.

“Sticks and Stones: How Language Can Be Used…”

Policy paper published

Sticks and Stones: How Language Can Be Used to Promote Recovery for Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction Disorders (Download Paper)

A collaboration between PPAL (Parent/Professional Advocacy League), MOAR (Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery) and The Transformation Center.  “Sticks and Stones” draws on the passionate views of young adults, family members, people in recovery and consumers to help us think about a new way to talk about co-occurring mental health and addiction.

Excerpts:

The term ‘persons in treatment’ emerged from the focus groups as a term youth and young adults identify with because it shows strength for seeking treatment, doesn’t have specific stigmas attached, and gives space to other aspects of life.
By using language to empower, we can change the conversation from one of discouragement into one of hope.  We can create a common language that builds a sense of belonging without removing the diversity of experience.