An event for those living with a mental illness, their family members, caregivers, front line workers, professionals and those interested in this issue.

Typically, those who live with a mental illness struggle with daily living. We often feel distressed, anxious and disoriented. Meanwhile, those who care for us may not understand nor know how to provide appropriate and effective support.

Join us and walk away with:
1. Tips to cope and thrive
2. Current neuroscience information in relation to those affected by mental illness
3. Understanding of a variety of mental illnesses
4. Stories of hope
5. Seven steps for a Recipe for Success

When: Saturday, 7 November 2015, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (MST)
Where: First Alliance Church, 12345 40 St SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6
Fee: $49preregister $55 at the door

Register at www.tinyurl.com/bmheventbrite

For more information call Elizabeth at 403-271-0707

Note: Light lunch included *(not gluten/allergen free)* If you have dietary restrictions it is advised you bring your own bag lunch.

Presenters: Mental health advocate, Elizabeth Anderson; psychology graduate, Erika York, who majored in neuroscience; caregivers, Wade Anderson and Fay Herrick; and MC, Patricia Morgan of Solutions for Resilience.


I just came back from speaking at the Family Medical Forum in Vancouver. I presented with Dr. Todd Hill Director of Behavioral Medicine  at the University of Calgary on the overlap between the Patient Centered Clinical Method and my”Recipe for Success”.

The experience reinforced to me that we must find common ground with our clinicians. We must be open and honest about what we are experiencing so they can help us determine where we are in the process and understand our context/ illness experience. This is the first step in figuring out where we want to go in our life and the hurdles we may face. Let your physician be a supportive person in your life. They have spent years in training, getting educated so they can help you. Then, cooperate with the  negotiated treatment plan. More and more physicians want to collaborate with their patients so we must want to work collaboratively with them. Recovery is the mutual goal.

Thanks to Dr. Hill for inviting me to speak, and my gratitude to 40 fantastic family physicians who made time in their schedules to attend our session!

Lesson: Recovery is a collaborative process.