Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MEET US AT THE FAIR!

THE RECOVERY NARRATIVE PROJECT© WILL ONCE AGAIN BE HAVING AN INFORMATION TABLE AT THE ANNUAL 
ALLIES IN HEALTH FAIR!

WE WILL ALSO BE GIVING A PANEL PRESENTATION ON 
'LIVING A LIFE OF RECOVERY WITH MENTAL ILLNESS' 
AT 1:OO PM AT THE FAIR

TO REGISTER GO TO: http://meetingofexperts.org/activities/events/patient-panel-registration/


Wednesday, October 31, 2012


We had a wonderful day at UBC's Allies in Health Community and Patient Fair!

We participated as panel presenters at two sessions. Jude Swanson and Susan Katz joined two other community speakers at a presentation on 'What works and What Doesn't' in the Health Care System. 

In the afternoon, all four of us, Susan Katz, Susan Trapp, Jude Swanson and Margo Robinson spoke to an oversold crowd about our experiences of mental health care and recovery.

This was the fourth year of the Fair, an opportunity for patients/care recipients to directly meet with and inform health care professionals about our conditions and what has helped and what has hurt.

We are grateful to the UBC Health Care Communications Department for making these annual events possible. Without them, the patients' voices do not enter the training of our health care professionals.

The message, of partnership between patient and provider, is powerful and enduring.

Our gratitude to PeerNetBC for supporting our ongoing writing program as an independent writing 
co-operative for mental health consumers.

Thank You!



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

MEET US AT UBC ON OCTOBER 31ST!


PLEASE JOIN US AT THE FAIR!
UBC'S 4TH ANNUAL ALLIES IN HEALH COMMUNITY AND PATIENT FAIR!
• Over 35 community organizations with a vast range of services
• Learn about valuable community resources
• Chat with patients, patient family members, consumers, and the groups representing them
• Free refreshments • Drop in any time
The Recovery Narrative Project writers will be sharing a booth with PeerNetBC! We'll be there to answer questions you have about mental health experience and recovery, and we'll be selling both of our books!

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Date: Wednesday October 31, 2012
Time: 10:30am-4:30pm: **Note: our group will be away from the PeerNetBC table from 12:45-2pm presenting in a closed panel presentation.
Location: Life Sciences Centre West Atrium, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, UBC Campus
From 10:30-4:30 on Wednesday October 31, 2012 to learn about community health organizations and resources available to health professionals. The Fair will include patient panels, community exhibits and prizes.

More information about our books at the UBC Health Care Communications Department:

More information and directions for the Fair:



Friday, August 3, 2012

OUR BOOKS ARE NOMINATED FOR THE SAMSHA VOICE AWARDS!

EVENING THE FRAYED EDGES BOOKS HAVE BEEN WELCOMED TO SAMHSA'S VOICE AWARDS PRESENTATION AT HOLLYWOOD'S PARAMOUNT STUDIOS THIS MONTH!

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Center for Mental Health Services, the Voice Awards honor consumer/peer leaders who have played a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and promoted the social inclusion of people with behavioral health problems. http://www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/voiceawards/index.htmlThrough their exemplary leadership and advocacy, these individuals demonstrate that recovery is real and that people with behavioral health problems are valuable, contributing members of their schools, workplaces, and communities.
The awards also recognize TV and film writers and producers who have given a voice to people with behavioral health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into their scripts, programs, and productions. These dedicated, insightful, and influential professionals have helped change how TV and film viewers understand mental health and substance use disorders and accept people with behavioral health problems.
Each year, the Voice Awards features a theme that supports SAMHSA’s key strategic initiatives and is integrated throughout all facets of that year’s program. In 2012, the awards program will spotlight the strength and perseverance of athletes who face unique challenges in managing mental health and/or substance use disorders while continuing to train, compete, and remain in the public eye. Consideration is being given to consumer/peer leaders who educate the public about the behavioral health challenges of athletes and help empower them to begin the journey of recovery. Additional consideration is being given to TV and film productions that accurately and respectfully portray the behavioral health struggles of athletes, their resilience, and their paths to recovery.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Book Launch Part Two; the ripples of recovery.....

Evening the frayed edges: the ripples of recovery.  That is the title of our SECOND anthology!!!  This time 5 writers belonging to the Recovery Narrative Project have put together a sequel to our original book.  Of course we will be hosting an exciting book launch to introduce this book to our Friends, Families, Peers and Supporters!  Details to come soon.  The date of the book launch will be Thursday April 12, 2012.  Check back here soon when all the details will be posted.  We'd love to see you there at our second BOOK LAUNCH!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy Solstice and Happy NEW YEAR!

There are so many spiritual celebrations at this time of year that are probably linked to the winter solstice.  The solstice is very important to me because that means each and every day is a little bit longer than the last.  A little more light can't be bad, in my opinion.  New Years is another big celebration for many.  For me and some in my network, it is a time to pause and reflect.  This has been an outstanding year for many of us.  However, there are other things for us to try.  It is getting to the point where some of the readers of our first book (EVENING the frayed edges) are approaching the Authors and asking "Will there be a sequel?".  Writing has, is and will be an important part of the lives of many of the Authors, so yes sequel will be part of our future goals.  Sharing our experiences via our written words (and public speaking too!) we realize we have helped decrease stigma and have personally benefited from the process.  So, all the best to you in terms of celebrating the events you may wish to be part of and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More about our panel at the UBC Health Fair

"I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to share my story about my journey with mental illness and living in recovery.  I would welcome another opportunity to share my story and I think the other panel members would as well.  Please  feel  free to contact us."
A Recovery Narrative Author and Panel Member