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MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Virtual Kick-off Event April 29, 2021
Mental Healthcare For All: Equity Requires Action

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Frontline Behavioral and Mental Healthcare Workers Certificate of Acknowledgement.
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Join Us For These Upcoming Events!

We will continue to add to this list. Check back soon!

 

APRIL 26TH

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy

Presented by: NAMI RI

This virtual advocacy training program helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. Participants will learn how to develop the following skills:

Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask”

Creating impactful and meaningful communications for legislators

Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official

REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED.

 

Please register by emailing beth@namirhodeisland.org with your name, connection to the issues surrounding mental health (optional), city/town, zip code, email address and phone number. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

MHARI & NAMI RI Policy Briefing Event

Presented by: MHARI and NAMI RI

MHARI and NAMI RI join forces to discuss our legislative priorities for 2021. From provider reimbursement rates, Eleanor Slater Hospital, and the state budget to Mental Health Court, health insurance consumer protections, and more! Learn how these critical issues affect people with mental health conditions and how YOU can help.

For questions about this event please contact, info@mhari.org

 


April 29th

Advocacy Day

After attending the NAMI Smarts Training and/or Policy Briefing event on April 26, constituents are encouraged to call or write their State Representatives and State Senators on April 29 to share their stories and advocate for key pieces of mental health related legislation. Take action and let your voice be heard. Speak for yourself, your loved one, and all those who cannot speak for themselves.

For questions about this event please contact, info@mhari.org

Download Our 2021 Policy Priorities

 

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Healing From Trauma Recovery Support Group

Presented by: Oasis Wellness & Recovery

A support group for adults (18+) healing from trauma. This group is held every other Thursday (4/29, 5/13, 5/27) and is open to the public. All are welcome to join us! PLEASE NOTE: Call Jeremiah at (401) 371-6521 or Leah (401) 999-7349 if you have any questions. This group in no way replaces professional help from a licensed therapist. Our support group is a safe space and mutually supportive environment facilitated to explore challenges and recovery from the events in our lives and the impact they have had on us.


April 30th

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Nicotine Anonymous Support Group ( e.g. Oasis After Dark)

Presented by: Oasis Wellness & Recovery

Nicotine Anonymous Support Group for Adults Aged Eighteen (18) and Over. This meeting is held EVERY FRIDAY at 7PM Eastern Standard Time via ZOOM. “Nicotine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women helping each other to live our lives free of nicotine. We share our experience, strength, and hope with each other so that we may be free from this powerful addiction. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using nicotine. There are no dues or fees for Nicotine Anonymous membership; we are self supporting through our own contributions. Nicotine Anonymous is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution, does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Our primary purpose is to offer support to those who are trying to gain freedom from nicotine.” For More Information, Please Visit: www.nicotine-anonymous.org. All are welcome to join! 🙂

 


May 1st

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tara & Bill’s NAMI-RI/Oasis Wellness & Recovery Center Coffee Hour Support Group

Presented by: NAMI-RI & Oasis Wellness & Recovery

A casual support group for adults aged eighteen (18) and over. This is a social gathering and one of our more unstructured support groups for peers. Bring your own coffee! This group is held EVERY SATURDAY at 1pm Eastern Standard Time via ZOOM. All are welcome to join us! 🙂

 


May 2nd

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday Social Gathering

Presented by: Oasis Wellness & Recovery

A casual social gathering for peers (18+) hosted by your fellow peer, Kayla! This group is a laid-back time for peers to come together and talk, share and have some fun together! This group is held EVERY SUNDAY at 2PM Eastern Standard Time via ZOOM! All are welcome to join! 🙂

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hearing Voices Support Group

Presented by: Oasis Wellness & Recovery

An online group specifically for those with personal lived experience with hearing voices, seeing visions, and/or negotiating alternative realities. They are voice-hearer facilitated. For more information, please visit: www.hearingvoicesusa.org This group is held EVERY SUNDAY from 3PM to 4:30PM EST via ZOOM. See you there! 🙂

 


May 3rd

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

NA Basic Text Group

Presented by: Community Care Alliance

This is part of Community Care Alliance’s monthly meeting to support men who have been recently incarcerated that are struggling with recovery.

For questions, please call (401) 808-4810.

*This is an in-person event located at the Serenity Center, 66 Social St., Woonsocket, RI.

 

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Finding Your Inner Superhero: Virtual Drama Therapy Workshop for Kids

Presented by: Thrive Behavioral Health’s Youth & Family Program

Join this fun, interactive, virtual drama therapy workshop and grow your superpowers! This one-time one-hour workshop is led by Thrive Behavioral Health’s Drama Therapist Intern, Susie Schutt, and Laura Scussel, Program Manager of Youth and Family Services. This workshop provides a safe and creative environment for kids to explore and use their imaginations. Participants will practice their confidence, communication, and collaboration, all while building their superhero identity. Ages 6-10. Limit 12. Registration is required.

For questions about the event, contact Laura Scussel at Thrive Behavioral Health at lscussel@thrivebhri.org or visit Thrivebhri.org/mental-health-month

 


May 4th

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Oasis Wellness & Recovery Meeting

Presented by: Oasis Wellness & Recovery

Mental Health Support Group for Adults Aged 18+. This meeting is held every Tuesday thru Friday from 10:00am to 11:00am Eastern Standard Time via ZOOM. There is no cost to join! All are welcome to participate!

 

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Spiritual Explorations Support Group

Presented by: Oasis Wellness & Recovery

Come Explore Your Meaning, Purpose and Challenges in Your Life! This support group is held EVERY TUESDAY and is for adults aged 18+. There is no cost to join. All are welcome to participate!

 

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Oasis After Dark / MDDA Support Group

Presented by: Oasis Wellness & Recovery

[ MDDA = Formerly The Manic-Depressive and Depressive Association of RI ] Held Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Evening at 7PM Eastern Standard Time A confidential, recovery-oriented environment for people who live with mood and other disorders to come together and share encouragement, coping strategies and support. Meetings are free of charge and open to all adults aged eighteen (18) and over.


May 5th

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Hearing Voices Group at Oasis

Presented by: Oasis Wellness & Recovery

Hearing Voices Support Group at Oasis. Open to the public. All adults aged eighteen (18) and over are welcome to join us every Wednesday at 11:30am Eastern Standard Time.

 


May 6th

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Virtual Book Discussion

Presented by: Bradley Hospital, Lifespan Community Health Institute and David Rettew, MD

David Rettew, MD is author of Parenting is Complicated: What Science Really Knows About the Greatest Debates of Early Childhood. Registration is required.

For questions, please contact Bradley Hospital Family Liaison, Chris Brown, cbrown@lifespan.org or call (401) 432-1205.

 

 

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Disconnected by COVID: Our Mental Health and the Impacts of Isolation

Presented by: The Interfaith Counseling Center

Join us for a virtual conversation with Dr. Megan Ranney. With her expertise and experience we will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on our mental health. This will be an exciting and informative event to mark Interfaith’s annual night of connection and conversation, Seeds of Hope.  Registration is required.

For questions about this event please contact, Christine King, cking@interfaithri.org.

 

 


May 10th

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Presented by: Mental Health Association of RI and Thundermist Health Center

Mental Health First Aid is a class that teaches attendees to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provides participants with the skills needed to reach out and provide initial assistance to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. As a bi-lingual, bi-cultural professional, the session’s lead facilitator, Jennifer Gaviria, is able to help address a broad range of concerns and questions from participants working in racially and ethnically diverse communities that face unique challenges to mental and emotional well-being.

Registration for this event is extremely limited. For questions, please contact Karen Malcom ripartiy@mhari.org.

 

  

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

NA Basic Text Group

Presented by: Community Care Alliance

This is part of Community Care Alliance’s monthly meeting to support men who have been recently incarcerated that are struggling with recovery.

For questions, please call (401) 808-4810.

*This is an in-person event located at the Serenity Center, 66 Social St., Woonsocket, RI.

 

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Eating Disorders & COVID-19

Presented by: Walden Behavioral Care

Overview of eating disorders with focus on development & experience of eating disorders during COVID 19.

For questions, please contact Joanna Imse, LICSW, CEDS (888) 305-2997.

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6:00p.m.

Ending the Silence for Families

Presented by: NAMI RI

This free session is available to anyone; the content is geared towards parents/caretakers and loved ones of middle and high school students.  In the presentation, participants will learn facts, statistics, and warning signs of mental illness, as well as how to talk to your child and work with school staff.  NAMI Ending the Silence includes two speakers:  one who shares an informative, research-based presentation, and one who is a young adult with a mental health condition, who speaks on their journey of recovery.  One in five youth lives with a mental health condition, yet less than half of youth with mental health conditions received any kind of treatment in the past year.  Many young people are afraid to speak up when they think they might need help.  NAMI Ending the Silence changes that.

For more information, visit www.namirhodeisland.org/ets

TO REGISTER, please email your name, email address, phone number, and city/town to beth@namirhodeisland.org

 

 


May 11th

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Accessing Coverage for Mental Healthcare: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

Presented by: Shamus Durac – Staff Attorney, RI Parent Information Network

Karen Malcolm, Project Manager, RI Parity Initiative

Parity is the law. Insurance companies are required to provide coverage for mental healthcare, including for substance use disorder services, at the same level they cover physical health services. However, lack of mental health parity in insurance coverage is a form of discrimination that people with mental health and substance use disorders continue to experience. Join us to learn more about: changes in coverage for mental healthcare due to COVID-19; existing parity law and your rights; how to spot and respond to potential parity violations; how to advocate for yourself, a family member, or patient to get the insurance benefits needed.

Registration is required.

 

 


May 12th

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Grief and Loss in Recovery

Presented by: Community Care Alliance

This is part of Community Care Alliance’s monthly meetings that helps individuals navigate grief and loss in healthy ways while maintaining sobriety.

For questions, please call (401) 808-4810.

*This is an in-person event located at the Serenity Center, 66 Social St., Woonsocket, RI.

 

 

4:00 p.m.

Ending the Silence for School Staff

Presented by: NAMI RI

This free session is available to anyone; the content is geared towards teachers, administrators and school staff of middle and high school students.  In the presentation, participants will learn facts, statistics, and warning signs of mental illness, as well as how to approach students and work with their families.  NAMI Ending the Silence includes two speakers:  one who shares an informative, research-based presentation, and one who is a young adult with a mental health condition, who speaks on their journey of recovery.

One in five youth lives with a mental health condition, yet less than half of youth with mental health conditions received any kind of treatment in the past year.  Many young people are afraid to speak up when they think they might need help.  NAMI Ending the Silence changes that.  For more information, visit www.namirhodeisland.org/ets
TO REGISTER, please email your name, email address, phone number, and city/town to beth@namirhodeisland.org

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

On Being Safe, Seen and Heard: The Significance of Safe Places of Healing for BIPOC with Eating Disorders

Presented by: MHARI

Join us for a candid and engaging talk with Giva Wilkerson, Program Director at the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Giva will share her challenges receiving care for an eating disorder and her experiences and observations within BIPOC eating disorder peer support groups.

For questions about this event please contact, info@mhari.org

 


May 13th

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Narcan Training

Presented by: Community Care Alliance

This is part of Community Care Alliance’s monthly training sessions that teach the proper way to use Narcan for someone who is overdosing.

For questions, please call (401) 808-4810.

*This is an in-person event located at the Serenity Center, 66 Social St., Woonsocket, RI.

 

 


May 14th

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Taking Action to End Mental Health Discrimination in Health Insurance

Presented by: RI Mental Healthy Parity Initiative and RI Parent Information Network

Join the RI Mental Health Parity Initiative for an online conversation with Health Insurance Commissioner Patrick Tigue. We will review current state and federal mental health parity laws and actions initiated by the Office of Health Insurance Commissioner to improve health insurer compliance. Registration is Required.

 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All Recovery Meeting

Presented by: Community Care Alliance

This is part of Community Care Alliance’s monthly meeting for anyone in recovery. The meeting emphasizes hope and healing as you walk your path to recovery.

For questions, please call (401) 808-4810.

*This is an in-person event located at the Serenity Center, 66 Social St., Woonsocket, RI.

 

 


May 17th

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bridging the Divide to Emotional Wellness: Building and Sustaining a Community-Based Support Program

Presented by: The Interfaith Counseling Center and the Mental Health Association of RI

Do you work or volunteer on the front-lines in your community? Join the Mental Health Association of RI and the Interfaith Counseling Center to learn the nuts and bolts of how to build a community-based program to support mental well-being in your community. ‘Can We Talk’ is a model trauma healing program initiated in Rhode Island by the Department of Health and the Interfaith Counseling Center. The program offers both a safe space to talk about trauma, loss, and grief and a connection to professional mental health providers when needed. Learn about how to build a similar program in your neighborhood, faith community, school or agency.

For For questions about this event please contact, Christine King, cking@interfaithri.org.

 

 

 

6:00 p.m.

Ending the Silence for Students

Presented by: NAMI RI

This free session is available to anyone; the content is geared towards middle and high school students, on how to get help for themselves or a friend.  In the presentation, participants will learn facts, statistics, and warning signs of mental illness, as well as how to talk to your child and work with school staff.  NAMI Ending the Silence includes two speakers:  one who shares an informative, research-based presentation, and one who is a young adult with a mental health condition, who speaks on their journey of recovery.

One in five youth lives with a mental health condition, yet less than half of youth with mental health conditions received any kind of treatment in the past year.  Many young people are afraid to speak up when they think they might need help.  NAMI Ending the Silence changes that.  For more information, visit www.namirhodeisland.org/ets
TO REGISTER, please email your name, email address, phone number, and city/town to beth@namirhodeisland.org

May 19th

ShelterWalk 2.0

Presented by: Community Care Alliance

Join Community Care Alliance from May 19th – May 26th as they raise funds to help our neighbors who are struggling during this extraordinarily difficult year. Throughout the week, you decide how you want to participate—walk, run, bike or swim. Join Where You Are! Join with a Friend! Complete your distance (5K) in one day or throughout the week. Registration is required.

 


May 20th

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Intersection of Culture, Race, and Mental Health

Presented by: Mental Health Association of RI

A panel of mental health care providers and scholars will explore how culture and race impact one’s mental illness experience, as well as highlight the cultural and racial disparities that persist within the mental health care system today. Panelists: Ernestine Jennings, Ph.D.,  Sandra Victorino, LMHC and Yumin Tan, LICSW along with MHARI Interns Bailee Peralto and Carlie Darefsky.

For questions about this event please contact, info@mhari.org

 

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Reschedule from May 17th, due to rain)

Painting For Hope – On-Site Teen Art Therapy Workshop

Presented by: Thrive Behavioral Health

Join Thrive Behavioral Health’s resident Art Therapist, Nadine Lilly, for a spray-painting workshop where teens can express their individual hopes for the future on their own canvas and also collaborate together to design a group mural displaying their hope for the world in the upcoming year. Ages 13-18. Limit 12. Registration is required.

For questions about the event, contact Laura Scussel at Thrive Behavioral Health at lscussel@thrivebhri.org or visit Thrivebhri.org/mental-health-month

*This is an in-person event located at 2756 Post Road, Warwick, RI.*

 


May 21st

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Power to Heal

Presented by: Horizon Healthcare Partners

Mark your calendar for a screening of screening of a powerful documentary with Q&A with the film’s producer, Dr. Barbara Berney following. POWER TO HEAL, the powerful documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country practically overnight. After the screening there will be Q&A with the film’s producer, Dr. Barbara Berney.

For questions about this event please contact Karen Jeffreys, kjeffreys@hhpartners.org

 


May 23rd

3:00 p.m.

Dissociative Identity Disorder: An Inside View on Multiplicity

Presented by: Project LETS

After decades of stigma & erasure, those with dissociative identity disorder (DID) have begun breaking the silence on what it means to be many individuals in one body. Often called multiples or plurals, these people have built a rich community and understanding of themselves alongside therapists and researchers. This workshop works to combat stigma that plagues the DID community, provide education about an incredibly misunderstood disorder, and give attendees insight as to what it’s like to live multiple.

For questions about this event please contact Silver McKie silver_mckie@brown.edu

Meeting ID: 992 3617 4846
Passcode: DID

 

 


May 25th

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Big Book Discussion

Presented by: Community Care Alliance

This is part of Community Care Alliance’s monthly meetings for those in A.A. that need guidance through the 12-Step process of recovery.

For questions, please call (401) 808-4810.

*This is an in-person event located at the Serenity Center, 66 Social St., Woonsocket, RI.

 

 


 

May 26th

9:00 a.m.

Bridging the Gaps Annual Conference

Presented by: NAMI RI

NAMI Rhode Island’s Bridging the Gaps Annual Conference brings together heroes and allies in the mental health community.

Discuss the issues side-by-side with peers, family members, mental health professionals, advocates, legislators, volunteers, and friends. This year (2021), the Bridging the Gaps conference will be held virtually on May 26th, with a “live” program beginning at 9am.

For pre-registration and more information, please visit www.namirhodeisland.org/news

 

 


May 27th

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Women’s Recovery Group

Presented by: Community Care Alliance

This is part of Community Care Alliance’s monthly group meeting for women to empower other women through the journey of recovery.

For questions, please call (401) 808-4810.

*This is an in-person event located at the Serenity Center, 66 Social St., Woonsocket, RI.

 

8:00 p.m. (Rescheduled from May 20th)

Ugly Illness Panel

Presented by: Project LETS

The Ugly Illness Panel features students who have lived experience with highly stigmatized mental illnesses. Panelists will be talking about the stigma they face with under-represented disorders that are often left out of mainstream activism efforts.

For questions about this event please contact Silver McKie silver_mckie@brown.edu

Meeting ID: 981 4147 4074
Passcode: LETS


 

 

SPONSORS

THEME SPONSOR

Rhode Island College

PLATINUM SPONSOR

Butler Hospital

GOLD SPONSOR

BIS
Navigant

SILVER SPONSOR

BankRI
Pawtucket Credit Union

• Hon. J. Clement Cicilline •

BRONZE SPONSOR

century 21
Codac
Community Care
Horizon Healthcare Partners
Lifespan
Newport Mental Health
sumhlc
Two
Thrive

EVENT SUPPORTER

• Robert Siminski, Ed.D. •

For information about sponsorship opportunities please contact, jennifer.raxter@mhari.org.

THANK YOU to all the members of the May is Mental Health Month Planning Committee representing the following organizations:

 

BHDDH, Butler Hospital, CODAC, Community Care Alliance, Horizon Healthcare Partners, Interfaith Counseling Center, Lifespan, Mental Health Association of RI, NAMI RI, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Newport Mental Health, Oasis Wellness and Recovery, Parent Support Network, RI Mental Health Counselors Association, SUMHLC and Thrive Behavioral Health.

A big THANK YOU to all of the student interns working at Horizon Healthcare Partners for their passion, creativity and their many contributions to May is Mental Health Month.