Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Our next webinar on October 21 at 7:00 pm CT is titled, Improving Mental Health Through Patient Empowerment and Technology.
In 2016, 1 in 5 Americans were living with a mental health condition but only 40% received mental healthcare. In addition to shortages of mental health providers, there are challenges with transportation to appointments, scheduling and stigma that prevent optimal mental healthcare for all. Technology use is widespread and has the potential to provide solutions to challenges in mental healthcare. In this discussion, we’ll review the goal of patient empowerment, define mental health technology, explore its potential uses and discuss a method of reviewing potential tools.
PsychU is a free community and online resource library for mental health. Our members share one simple belief: Enhanced information, increased collaboration, and ongoing discussion will lead to improved mental health care and patient outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses.
PsychU’s Patient and Caregiver Resource Center
Whether you live with a mental illness yourself or you provide support to someone who does, this resource center is for you. It features information that individuals can use to learn about their condition and to help them as they work with providers toward recovery. And if you are an advocate for someone with a mental illness, you will find here tools to help you become a more effective one.
The speakers will be Phillip Lai, Pharm.D., BCPP, a Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, Inc., and Dennis Pabis, Pharm.D., BCPP, a Senior Medical Science Liaison with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, Inc.
Thursday, October 29th, 2020
On Thursday, October 29th, at 2:00 pm CT, NAMI Texas will present Self Advocacy Within the College Academic Environment and the Workforce.
The webinar will cover the importance of knowing the accommodations you need and advocating for them within the College Academic Environment and the Workforce Environment. The College Academic Environment will be broken down into the following areas: Potential Classroom Adjustments, Potential Lecture Accommodations, Potential Exam Accommodations, Potential Assignment Accommodations, and potential Administrative Accommodations. Then we will cover advocating for the accommodations you need within the Workforce Environment by discussing different potential accommodations for the Workforce Environment. The last 10-15 minutes will be for questions from attendees.
The presenter, Peer Recovery Support Specialist Jordan Smelley, uses his lived experience with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with Co-Occurring Mental Health Diagnosis(es) due to Chung-Jansen Syndrome to support and provide resources to others so that they don’t have to go through as much trauma as Jordan did in order to get the supports and resources needed to become a contributing member of the community at large. Jordan Smelley has also obtained the Transitional Age Youth Endorsement for his Peer Recovery Support Specialist Certification, serves on the Texas HHSC Behavioral Health Advisory Committee as a representative for Youth/Young Adult, and is the only known case of Chung-Jansen Syndrome within the state of Texas/one out of roughly 92 known cases of Chung-Jansen Syndrome worldwide. In his free time Jordan Smelley enjoys playing piano, playing Volleyball, officiating Volleyball for Texas Special Olympics, and hanging out with friends.
On the evening before Veterans Day, NAMI Texas will host a webinar on bipolar disorder, featuring Ben Beck, a U.S. Army veteran.
The target audiences are veterans, allies of the veteran community, educators, families affected by bipolar disorder, and youth.
The webinar will address the bipolar disorder diagnosis phase, the definition and process of bipolar biologically, mania and depression, the impact and process for veterans in and out of active status, first person point of view on the coping mechanisms during a trauma of diagnosis, the statistics and data relating on bipolar disorder, and process of seeking help.
Ben is not a medical provider. Everything in the webinar will be presented from the perspective of an individual living with Bipolar Disorder 1. This includes his personal story of highs and lows prior to diagnosis (losing family, financial ruin, joblessness, downward spiral, compared to current success and how it happened); what loved ones/friends can do to support; audience interaction (virtual environment friendly) with quizzes/call outs/ open ended questions.
NAMI Texas is grateful for the support of our 2020 Webinar Sponsors
October 8, 2020
NAMI Texas is proud to present a Book Talk with Miriam Feldman, the author of “He Came In With It: A Portrait of Motherhood and Madness” on Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 pm CT. A Q&A will follow.
Miriam Feldman is an artist, writer, and mental health activist who splits her time between her Los Angeles atelier and her farm in rural Washington state. She has been married to her husband Craig O’Rourke, also a successful artist, for 34 years and they have four adult children. Their 33- year-old son, Nick, has schizophrenia. When Nick was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2004, Miriam became an activist and a writer. With first-hand knowledge of the woeful state of our mental health system, she decided to be an advocate for those who have no voice. She serves on the advisory board of Bring Change 2 Mind, Glenn Close’s organization, and writes a monthly blog for the website bringchange2mind. Miriam is active in leadership at NAMI Washington and her story is featured on the cover of their current national newsletter. She is a frequent guest on mental health podcasts and is active on Instagram where she is building a community of family and loved ones dealing with mental illness.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
On Wednesday, October 14 at 1:00 pm CT, NAMI Texas presented Creative Strategies to Expand Treatment Capacity.
We know that individuals with untreated mental illness and/or substance use disorders often find themselves in emergency departments, inpatient hospitalization, and local jails. These interventions are costly and frequently do not yield the desired outcomes. It is important for communities to identify treatment gaps and develop strategies to improve continuity of care.
Join Justin Rodriguez, Precinct 2 Commissioner of Bexar County, Gilbert Gonzales, Director of Bexar County Department of Behavioral Health, and Mike Lozito, Director of the Office of Criminal Justice, Policy, Planning, and Programs, to learn how Bexar County leveraged resources to develop a more comprehensive service delivery system. The presenters will discuss how to bring together local leadership and the hospital district to maximize limited resources to expand behavioral health services.