Mental Health Month
Block Island Opioid Conference
Awareness – Education – Solutions
All Block Island residents and visitors are invited to attend any or all of the events.
Saturday 6 May, 6.30 – 9.30pm at BIMI
COAAST is a community-centered organization whose programs highlight addiction as a family disease. They believe the opposite of addiction is connection.
[Sponsors: BIHS, BI Wellness Coalition, BIRA and private donation. Help from Leos and Scouts.]
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, with audience Q & A.
[Childcare available. Spanish/English available for question time.]
Saturday 13th May, 4 – 6 pm, Island Free Library
Panel and Discussion “What does BI need to do now?”
[the panel members: Dr. Wartenberg, Vin Carlone, Liz Dyer, Kerri Gaffett, Andre Boudreau, and Erica Tonner, were chosen as representatives of various parts of the community to foster a wide and meaningful conversation, as the aim of this session is to give the audience the chance to participate and be heard. Childcare available. Spanish/English available for comments/questions.]
Ian Lang, Integration of Primary Care and Mental Health Services. Ian is executive director of Continuum Behavioral Health.
Watch for updates in the Block Island Times and in the BI Bulletin.
NAMI Rhode Island and Block Island School offered the following programs early in 2017. [ask if you think a repeat is worth doing].
Inside Mental Illness
Inside Mental Illness is a unique interactive teaching program about mental illness for junior and high school students. This free program, developed by NAMI Rhode Island, illustrates how we can create positive change in our society by reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. The program is delivered by people living well with mental illness who show that hope and recovery are possible.
Parents and Teachers as Allies
NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies is a free, two-hour mental health education program for school professionals, parents and concerned community members to help them better understand the signs and symptoms of emotional and behavioral difficulties that may be early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents.
The program covers issues frequently faced by school professionals, parents and other family caregivers to give them a better understanding of:
The early warning signs of mental illness
The lived experience of parents raising a child with a mental illness
The challenges that children and adolescents face when emotional and behavioral disturbances are part of their school life