May 2012 Detroit Workshop

Linda Stalters, SARDAA Founder opens the conference

Linda Stalters, SARDAA Founder opens the conference. Joanne Verbanic, Brian Donahue, Jim Cronin, and Larry Akerman shown in the picture.

Our symposium and workshop on May 12, “Living with Schizophrenia and Related Disorders: A Call For Hope and Recovery” was AMAZING!  The workshop included how to start, support and maintain Schizophrenics Anonymous (SA) Self-help/Peer Support Groups for people with schizophrenia-related disorders.

Jim C., SA member, talked about how Schizophrenics Anonymous saved his ife. Our other speakers included Dr. Thomas Powell (self-help/peer support expert) and Dr. Tamara Navarro (who spoke about having a meaningful life).

It was very powerful to hear people tell their stories. One of the most moving was about a guy who debated whether to even come because it was going to take him 45 minutes to walk to the hotel where the event was held. He finally decided to attend, walked 45 minutes there and told Linda that the best decision he made that day was getting up early and walking the 45 minutes there and attending the conference.

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