“Journey of Hope” Event to Feature Kevin Hines, Internationally-Recognized Speaker

The free forum will also screen the “SLOtheStigma.org” and feature a Resource Fair

The Peer Advisory & Advocacy Team and Family Services of Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) along with the Central Coast Psychological Association (CCPA) are pleased to invite the public to “Journey of Hope,” an inspiring and educational mental wellness forum to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 28, at New Life Church in Pismo Beach, CA. The event is free and offers continuing education units (CEUs) through San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Services and CCPA.

The forum’s keynote speaker, Kevin Hines, is an internationally-recognized presenter who has spoken to over a quarter of a million people about his first-hand experience with suicidal thoughts and his eventual attempt to end his life by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge. One of only 32 Golden Gate Bridge survivors, Hines is now actively spreading the message of suicide prevention and living mentally well. To learn more, go to www.kevinhinesstory.com. Hines will be available for interviews. Please contact Shannon McOuat at (805) 550-7692 for more information.

In addition to the keynote address, attendees will view “SLOtheStigma,” a documentary telling the stories of four local residents with depression, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. The film is one component of a broad effort to decrease stigma and raise public awareness of mental illnesses and treatment. Other outreach efforts include guerilla and event marketing, print media, and TV and radio ads. All efforts direct viewers and attendees to SLOtheStigma.org and the SLO Hotline: 800-549-4499.

Following Kevin Hines’ presentation a panel discussion with the theme of recovery and living mentally well will take place on stage. The six panelists will include consumers, family members and service providers. Kevin Hines and his father Patrick Hines will be among the group. The audience will be able to ask questions through provided note cards.

The forum will also include a local resources and mental health services fair. Attendees seeking services for themselves or someone else are welcome to visit with representatives from over 30 local agencies and county departments.

This event is funded by the Mental Health Services Act through San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Services. For more information about this event, visit www.t-mha.org.

ABOUT TMHA

Transitions-Mental Health Association is a non-profit organization that helps children and adults live, work and grow in our community. TMHA operates 27 programs at over 35 locations that reach over 2,000 people and 1,500 families in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of TMHA’s many services is to teach vital independent living skills, and build a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. For over 30 years, TMHA has been dedicated to providing housing, employment, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness; and support, resources and education for their loved ones. For more information, visit www.t-mha.org.

ABOUT PAAT

Peer Advisory & Advocacy Team is a committee of peers that work with our community and county mental health departments to advocate for those served by the mental health system, educate about mental illness, promote wellness and recovery, reduce or eliminate stigma, and provide support for those living with a mental illness.

ABOUT FAMILY SERVICES

Mental illness can have an enormous impact on families, friends and caregivers. That’s why our experienced staff offers direct, immediate support with the goal of providing relief and hope. TMHA Family Services provides compassionate, informed assistance for families, friends and loved ones of individuals with mental illness.

ABOUT CCPA

CCPA is the chapter of the California Psychological Association that serves psychologists and the public in the central coast region of the state. CCPA provides mental health referrals to the public, assists in response to disasters, and provides professional development opportunities for psychologists. The Central Coast Psychological Association strives to promote treatment of persons with mental illness, build collaborations within the mental health community, foster community awareness of mental health issues, maintain high standards of competence and ethical behavior, and combat the stigma of mental illness and emotional disorders.