Mental Health, Mental Illness, on Block Island

bringing services and support for those who are ill and education for mental health to all on Block Island

2018 Spring Conference

in April 2018 – this is a draft – check later

Mental Health Month

Block Island Spring Conference

Friday 18 / Saturday 19 May 2018


Depression: A Community Conversation

what do we know? what can we do?


Block Island residents and visitors are invited to any or all of the events.


Friday evening at The Harbor Church

Saturday events at the Island Free Library


Friday 18th May,

Common Ground Coffeehouse at Harbor Church begins with light supper at 6.30 pm, no charge, but donations to the performer are welcome. At 7.00 pm the film “Every Brilliant Thing” [an adaptation of a one-person play] will be followed by discussion/interactive comment and music from Ed McGuirl.


Saturday 19th May


9.30 am             Breakfast


10 – 11.00 am     Key Introductory Information: Causes, Treatments, Attitudes,

A TED talk by Andrew Solomon, Depression the Secret We Share, gives an informative overview, after which we invite questions, answers and discussion.


11 – 12 noon      Surviving Suicide, Janice Vashon, BA

[Board Member Newport Mental Health and member of the International Association of Peer Supporters]


lunch break


1 – 2.00pm        Depression in Seniors, Kevin Lyn Sisson, MA

[Mental Health Counsellor, with special interest and expertise in working with adults, caregivers, and elders who are coping with anxiety, depression, displacement, transitions, chronic illness, and end-of-life issues.]


2:30 – 3:30pm     Depression in Teens – Interactive, Marie-Claire Cornillon, LICSW

[Marie-Claire trained in multiple treatment modalities, and has wide experience. Her expertise is in cognitive-behavioral and strengths-based treatment of anxiety disorders and works at the New England Center for Anxiety]


3.30 – 5.30pm    Ross Campbell Memorial Award Presentation

            followed at 3.45 pm by a Community Round Table, moderator, Lisa Sprague

This is a group meeting with a panel open to public consultation, responding to community questions, hearing concerns and enabling understanding of Depression and its treatment, recovery, or prevention on Block Island.


Panel members include Dr. Mark Clark, Director, BI Medical Center, Maryann Seebeck, Island Care Coordinator, Tracy Fredericks, Telemedicine Case Manager, and Ed Mc Guirl, Counsellor with Bridgemark, Inc. and on-island counsellor, Pat Tengwall, and our conference speakers.