Bipolar Disorder Group Study
Starting in April 2016
What is the study about?
The purpose of this research is to develop a psychological intervention for people with bipolar disorder. We hope that the Learning Affective Understanding for a Rich Emotional Life (LAUREL) group will: (1) help people learn to notice, increase, and create a balanced presence of positive experiences and (2) improve their quality of life.
Who can participate in the LAUREL Group?
The service will include the unveiling of an interactive community art installation, a celebration of the accomplishments and preview of the future of the Mental Health Initiative, and an introduction to our stigma-reducing program for May and beyond. Services start at 6:15pm with a pre-oneg at 5:45. 170 N. San Pedro Rd, San Rafael. Open to the public.
Location: 1 Vivian St, San Rafael
Clients, family, friends, and support staff, all welcome. Cost is about $10. For those who have difficulty paying the usual $10, NAMI offers partial assistance.
We have reserved tables together. You do not have to call ahead. Walk-ins welcome!
Kay Blackwill, FamFest Coordinator.
In Celebration of Mental Health Month
Families, Mental Illness, Stigma, and Hope
Topic: During Mental Health Month, it is crucial to remember that mental illness still receives major stigma. Despite real gains in public knowledge, public attitudes remain harsh. Too often, families bear the brunt of such stigmatization. Reviewing what’s known, as well as discussing his own intensive family experiences of mental illness, Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, author of The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change, will open needed dialogue and convey the hope for a far better future related to mental illness.
Speaker: Stephen Hinshaw, PhD is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Department Chair from 2004-2011. He is also Vice Chair for Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.