Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Health

June 14, 2014

Annual Mental Health Symposium seeks to build resiliency in the most vulnerable

INDIANAPOLIS – Mental Health America of Indiana hosted their 17th annual mental health symposium on Friday at the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis. This important and informative meeting covered a wide range of topics relating to mental health, particularly in the most vulnerable populations - children and adolescents, veterans and those with addictions.

Starting the day, and sharing his story of recovery, was plenary speaker and former Colts Superbowl XLI Champion Keith O’Neil, who suffered on and off the field with an undiagnosed illness of Bipolar Disorder. Keith told his triumphant story from diagnosis to his path to recovery, and how he is dedicating his life to educating and encouraging others.

The luncheon keynote speakers, Marti MacGibbon, talked about her harrowing journey from being trafficked in Tokyo, becoming homeless, living in an abusive relationship, her severe drug addiction, and how she was able to not only survive, but thrive. Shannon Dawson, whose husband Rick Dawson was a reporter for WISH-TV, will tell how she and her family have dealt with and continue to heal in the aftermath of Rick’s depression and eventual suicide.

MHAI awarded the Legislator of the Year Award to Senator R. Michael Young who was instrumental in passing key mental health legislation in the 2014 session.

Ending the day was a performance by the Young Actors Theater to address mental health and addiction through a dramatic play written and performed by members of the theater group.

For more information on this meeting please visit the website at www.mhai.net, or contact Tiffany Peek, Special Events Coordinator at tpeek@mhai.net or 317-638-3501.

Mental Health America of Indiana was established in 1957 as a non-profit organization working for the mental health of all citizens and for victory over mental illness and addiction through public education, advocacy and public health reform. Through 11 subsidiary organizations and more than 40 local affiliates, the Association is meeting its mission to reduce stigma and promote mental wellness.

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