Mental Health Awareness – Advances in Treatment
June 30, 2008
Hosted by Mary Woods
Mental health issues impact one in four Americans in any given year, with depression affecting more than 19 million. About one in 17 has a severe and possibly life threatening disease, such as manic depression/bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. This year's Mental Health Awareness Month highlighted the importance of being connected socially - with family and friends, the community, and with professional help. A leading psychiatrist wants to emphasize the incredible advancements in treatment in the mental health profession. Dr. Richard DeVaul, head of the Leadership in Medicine Program at the College of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center and a practicing psychiatrist will talk about the advancements made in this field over the years. Dr. DeVaul will give tips about what people dealing with mental health disorders can do for treatment, and offer insights into what future treatments might be available.
One Hour AT A Time
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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.