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Media Advisory

May is Mental Health Month

March 30, 2004


May is Mental Health Month and a daylong conference on the topic will attempt to "Take the Initiative to Combat Discrimination and Stigma."


Friday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception with separate admission nearby.


First Presbyterian Church of Concord, 1965 Colfax St.


To help the community understand the impact of stigma and discrimination on people with mental health issues and to address as a community a number of issues, as represented by the following workshops at the conference: Looking at the Message; The Media and Stigma; and California and Bay Area Initiatives to Combat Stigma.


This mental health community event is presented by Contra Costa Health Services Mental Health Division’s Recovery Task Force and the Bay Area County Mental Health Directors. It will feature as its keynote speaker Patrick Corrigan, a Professor of Psychiatry from University of Chicago and nationally renowned author and researcher on discrimination and stigma. Other speakers include Steve Mayberg, director of the state Department of Mental Health.


The conference admission fee of $25 includes lunch, and CEUs are available for those in attendance. It is open to the public. For more information or to receive a registration form, call Aaron Kling at 925-646-5784 or Julie Boucher at 925-957-5169.

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