Nationally-Known Mental Health Advocate For Consumers And Families To Keynote Educational Forum

The fifth annual Journey of Hope event will feature Keynote Speaker Keris Jän Myrick, M.B.A., M.S., Ph.D. discussing her journey from stigma to hope. Myrick is a leading mental health advocate and non-profit executive, known for her innovative and inclusive approach to mental health reform and the public disclosure of her personal story.

Journey of Hope, an inspiring and educational mental wellness forum, will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, at New Life Church in Pismo Beach, CA. This is a free event, open to the public.

Event webpage here: http://www.t-mha.org/main/main_joh.html

Myrick is the President and CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network, a Los Angeles-based, peer-run nonprofit and current President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Board of Directors.

Myrick will provide the audience with an understanding of the impact of stigma and resulting prejudice and discrimination that affects people living with mental illness and their loved ones. She will share the impact of stigma on the person, family, organization and community as she weaves the audience through her personal journey of overcoming the impact of stigmas in her journey of recovery.”

“With her unique combination of executive skills and personal lived experience in the mental health system, Myrick is known for her collaborative style and innovative ‘whole person’ approach to mental health care,” said Jill Bolster-White, Executive Director of TMHA. “We are so excited to have her speak on the Central Coast.”

Myrick has recently been featured in the CalMHSA documentary A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness and her personal story was featured in the New York Times series: Lives Restored, which told the personal narratives of several successful professionals living with mental health issues. Myrick’s belief in the strength of relationships to aid in recovery was featured in an interview in the Psychiatric Times: Advocate Attributes Recovery to Strength of Therapeutic Alliance and in the Los Angeles Times.

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

Continuing education units (CEUs) will be offered through San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Services, Central Coast Psychological Association and The SLO County Child Abuse Prevention Council.

Central Coast Sign Language will have an interpreter at the event and Spanish translation will be available.

Food trucks will be onsite before the event from 4-6 p.m. including: KunFusion on Wheels and Gusto on the Go Bistro.

Journey of Hope is hosted by Transitions-Mental Health Association’s Family Services and Peer Advisory & Advocacy Team. This event is co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of SLO County and 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.