Mental Health Summit in Washington, D.C.

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MH Summit in DC

Bill Emmet, Linda Stalters, and Pete Earley

SARDAA Executive Director Linda Stalters, MSN, attended the Connect4Health Mental Health Summit in Washington D.C. on November 19, 2013. National leaders discussed initiatives and laws to benefit individuals with serious mental illness, caregivers, friends, loved ones and public at large. Patrick Kennedy and Gordon Smith are working hard to support the laws, and it has bipartisan support.

Pete Earley, amazing author and journalist, was the MH Summit moderator

William Emmett, Program Director, The Kennedy Forum

Other points:

It’s important to educate local leaders by telling them that early collaboration and comprehensive treatment results in measurable cost savings and improved safety.

We must learn what is effective and cut programs that don’t help. For instance, day treatment might not be as effective as employment.

Judges are actually more effective in getting changes implemented than mental health organizations.

The USA is the leader in mental health advocacy, but how do we influence other countries to increase their advocacy?

Pete Earley talked about how his family was embarrassed when he wrote a book and disclosed that they had mental illness in their family. His book didn’t break out beyond the mental health community.

Question: How can we partner outside of the mental health community to influence the community at large?

 

 

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