Second Annual South Bay Hearing Voices Conference

The Hearing Voices Network is holding its 2nd Annual south Bay Hearing Voices Conference on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, 1000 W. Carson Street, Building 2 South, in Torrance, California 90502.


THERE WILL BE:

  • Refreshments
  • A panel discussion
  • DVD
  • Presentations

The Hearing Voices Movement originated in the 80s in the Netherlands and subsequently inspired voice hearers, peer workers and allies in the UK and other parts of Europe.  Over the past two decades hearing voices networks and local groups have been developed around the world.  InterVoice, based in the United Kingdom, currently serves as the international organizing network of the hearing voices movement.

You can learn more about the South Bay Hearing Voices Network at its website at http://southbayhearingvoices.weebly.com/. You can also contact the South Bay Hearing Voices Network by email at southbayhearingvoices@gmail.com.

“Hearing voices, making choices,” Ron Coleman

NAMIWalks Los Angeles County 2014–October 11 at Grand Park

NAMIWalks Los Angeles County 2014 will be held on Saturday, October 11 at Grand Park. Pedestrian entrances are located at 200 N. Grand Av and 201 N. Hill St.

The 5K Walk route begins at 10 AM after a Pre-Walk Program at 9:15 AM. Those who wish to walk a shorter distance can turn back when they wish, or walk the perimeter of beautiful Grand Park itself. Walkers will enjoy the fantastic urban art and architecture of downtown Los Angeles and end back at beautiful Grand Park with music and activities such as a best designed NAMIWalks t-shirt contest, best-dressed NAMI dog, face painting, hula hoops and bubbles for the children, raffle prizes, and more!

Join thousands of Angelinos in the county’s largest event to support mental health and fight the stigma people affected by mental illness and their families face every day. Proceeds fund NAMI’s no cost support and education programs for families and individuals living with mental illness.

Sponsor NAMIWalks LAC 2014!
Mental health is a vital part of overall health. You can show your company’s leadership role in the fight for better mental health awareness and care by becoming a NAMIWalks LAC sponsor. Join leading organizations by being part of our effort to address the mental health crisis in Los Angeles County and beyond.

NAMIWalks LAC is a unique opportunity to reach a vast community of Angelinos impacted by mental health conditions. People of all ages, races, and backgrounds come together each year in a powerful and inspiring demonstration of compassionate action. As a sponsor of NAMIWalks LAC, your company will benefit from a high level of acknowledgment, receiving media impressions and exposure to a diverse audience of participants.

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Directing Change Program: PSA Submission Deadline is February 1st, 2015

783The Directing Change Student Video program is a statewide competition where high school and UC st udents take action against suicide and end the stigma of mental illness by creating 60-second public service announcements. Directing Change is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. The submission deadline for the 2014-2015 school year is February 1st, 2015. Visit http://www.directingchange.org for more details.

A total of 432 films, representing 996 students from 112 high schools and 9 University of California campus locations and 31 counties, were received during the 2013-2014 school year. DVDs of the 2013-2014 finalists are available upon request while supplies last. For more details, contact Lauren Hee at Lauren@namica.org or 916-567-0163. All PSAs are also available for download at http://www.directingchange.org .

Study: Child & Family Focused CBT Improves Symptoms of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

From Psychiatric News Alert. A form of cognitive behavior therapy that involves the child with the family may be efficacious in reducing acute mood symptoms and improving long-term psychosocial functioning among children with bipolar disorder, according to a report appearing online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Previous studies have found that family-based psychosocial treatments are effective adjuncts to pharmacotherapy among adults and adolescents with bipolar disorder (BD).

Amy E. West, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois-Chicago, and colleagues, randomly assigned 69 youth, aged 7 to 13 with bipolar I, II, or not otherwise specified (NOS) disorder (according to DSM-IV-TR) to either child and family focused CBT (CCF-CBT) or standard psychotherapy. CFF-CBT integrates principles of family-focused therapy with those of CBT and actively engages parents and children.

Both treatments consisted of 12 weekly sessions followed by six monthly booster sessions delivered over nine months. Independent evaluators assessed participants at baseline, week 4, week 8, week 12 (post-treatment), and week 39 (six-month follow-up).

They found that the CFF-CBT participants attended more sessions, were less likely to drop out, and reported greater satisfaction with treatment than controls. CFF-CBT demonstrated efficacy compared with standard psychotherapy in reducing parent-reported mania at post-treatment and depression symptoms at post-treatment and follow-up. Global functioning did not differ at post-treatment but was higher among CFF-CBT participants at follow-up.

For more on bipolar disorder in adolescents, see the Psychiatric News article “Link Found Between Glutamate, Adolescent Bipolar Disorder.

Join NAMI Walks on October 11, 2014

Save the Date: October 11, 2014

Please join us this year for our NAMI Walks in Los Angeles at the Grand Park to help spread mental health awareness and to fight stigma!

Last year more than 3,000 people participated in NAMI Walks and NAMI Walks LA County raised more than $380,000, which will help fund all of the FREE services that NAMI affiliates offer their communities!

Get involved with NAMI Walks

Participant Information- There is no registration fee for the Walk.  All participants are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers and business associates.  All walkers raising $100 or more receive a NAMIWalks event t-shirt.

Create Walk Teams and Participation- Companies, organizations and families are encouraged to organize teams of walkers made up of employees, organization members, relatives and friends.

To register as a participant or for a team, please visit www.namiwalks.org/losangelescounty.