The Mental Health Recovery Partners Society – Central VI Community Education Program “presentation” consists of a panel of three guest speakers-a person with a psychiatric diagnosis, a family member, and a mental health professional. The three panelists are presented as a team in the workplace or educational institution and each describes their own personal experience with mental illness.
Community Education is based on a personal storytelling model. It is a unique and powerful presentation that helps people in the community to understand the nature and prevalence of chronic and severe mental illness. It is an effective way to get the message out – to students, to people employed in mental health, or to those who work daily with the public. It evokes thoughtful audience response and participation.
“Compassion follows understanding. It is therefore incumbent on us to understand as best we can. The burden of disease will then become lighter for all.”
– Dr. Fuller Torrey