Thursday, December 15, 2016

"CEHHS Talks Series" on Mental Health Has a Successful Start

DEARBORN, MI - On December 7, 2016, The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) in conjunction with the Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity (CDSE) sponsored the first in a three-part series of CEHHS Talks focused on mental and behavioral health, advocacy, and support. As a part of campus, community, state, and national advocacy work regarding health and equity, CEHHS and the CDSE are partnering with regional leaders in addressing mental health and mental illness as a part of individual health, and campus and community support of equity and inclusion.
Dr. Creekmore talking with one of the attendees
More than 30 participants attended the first of the three talks featuring Dr. Mark Creekmore,Adjunct Faculty and Lecturer for the Center for Political Studies; School of Social Work, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also served as Board President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washtenaw and Board Member of the Washtenaw County Community Health Organization (WCCMH). Dr. Creekmore's presentation focused on the nature of the mental health policy environment, the role of policy as regards health and inclusion, as well as the impact of stigma on individual mental health and the health and productivity of our communities.

Attendees received information about new certificates
and training opportunities offered by CEHHS
He also highlighted the role of formal and informal advocacy, as well as the importance of developing positive policy as a community, region, and nation in support of mental health. The talk closed with a Q&A and discussion guided by CEHHS Dean Janine Janosky, regarding the issues addressed as well as details of the upcoming Mental Health First Aid training courses offered by CEHHS in 2017.

The second presentation of CEHHS Talks is scheduled for January and it will focus in mindfulness, meditation and mental health.

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