Mental Health, Mental Illness, on Block Island

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

NAMI Block Island Opioid Conference

May 6, May 12 and 13, 2017

Awareness – Education – Solutions

Saturday 6 May, 6.30 – 9.30 pm at BIMI

pre-conference drama presentation and talkback, by C.O.A.A.S.T. – Four Legs to Stand On

[Sponsored by BIHS, BI Wellness Coalition, BIRA and private donation.]

Friday 12th May, 6.30 – 9.00 pm Harbor Church

Introductions to Dr. Alan Wartenberg, supporters and sponsors: What we do about opioids and addictions.

Soup and light supper, no charge, contributions to the performer are appreciated. Music and entertainment from Ed McGuirl.

Saturday 13th May, 9.30-11.30 am, Island Free Library

Breakfast at 9.30, Keynote speech 10.00 am, Dr.Wartenberg, MD – Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island, with audience Q & A.

Saturday 13th May, 4 – 6 pm, Island Free Library

Ross Campbell Memorial Award Presentation

Panel and Discussion “What does BI need to do now?”

[Panel members: Dr. Wartenberg, Vin Carlone, Liz Dyer, Kerri Gaffett, Andre Boudreau, and Erica Tonner.]

NAMI BI [formerly the mental health task force] makes a contribution each year to Mental Health Month. This is our contribution in 2017, having heard from national news outlets and letters to the Block Island Times that Rhode Island and other states are experiencing a heroin and opioid epidemic, with injuries and deaths occurring. Mark Clark wrote: “Block Island is not exempt… our community is a microcosm subject to the same risks found in other places…” and Vin Carlone said: “This is one problem that I truly believe is solvable on Block Island.”

We invite you to take part, come to one or all of the events as and when you can. We know that the Shad Bloom Race, and a BI Yoga Retreat also happen on that Saturday, and both are activities that promote health, so we have planned around them. The keynote speaker will be Alan Wartenberg, MD – Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island, with us on May 12 and 13 weekend. The final audience-and-panel participatory session will consider the question: Opioids: What Does BI need to do?

Join in the program. Bring your questions and ideas.

Contribute to our community understanding and action.

If you wish to donate to NAMI BI to support any part of our work, send to NAMI Block Island, Box D2, BIRI 02807