Northeast Guidance Center and CNS Healthcare co-hosted the annual community Anti-Stigma Forum on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at The Salvation Army, 3000 Conner Avenue, Detroit. This year’s topic for discussion was OPIATES: Wonder Drugs in the Wonder Years. Speakers discussed the impact of the opioid epidemic on children and adolescents, shared personal experiences and brought awareness to the national epidemic and ways Michigan is working to reduce overdoses, addiction and deaths. The Anti-Stigma Forum is held during Mental Health Awareness Month and focuses on issues of mental health and the associated stigma. Audiences invited to attend the free event included parents, grandparents, educators, social workers, high school students, youth groups, church members, pastors, law enforcement, first responders and others who need to know about opioids and why the epidemic is spreading so rapidly in SE Michigan.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ken Daniels, play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Red Wings, lost his son Jamie to a drug overdose in 2016 at age 23. Daniels presented a powerful message to the community about the growing opioid crisis and is making a difference by speaking to legislators. The Jamie Daniels Foundation has been established as a 501(c)(3) to help families of young people who can’t afford the intensive first month of a 30-day rehab program. https://jamiedanielsfoundation.org/
Jacque Liebner and Corey Warren, a mother and son duo called WAI-IAM, spoke to Corey’s experience as a former heroin addict and how Jacque dealt with the many trials and tribulations of Corey’s journey to sobriety. WAI-IAM created a recovery community in Lansing to temporarily house 70 people ages 18+ on an ongoing basis in structured prevention, awareness and post-treatment services in substance abuse. firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-703-3389, http://www.wai-iam.org
Andre Johnson, President/CEO of the Detroit Recovery Project, a multi-service agency that provides a wide spectrum of support services to the city’s recovery community, spoke of his past addiction and his long-standing commitment to the field of substance Abuse. Mr. Johnson is a trained certified recovery coach, and in 2016 was chosen as a recipient of the Champions of Change award from President Barack Obama. Doing it Together! http://www.recovery4detroit.com/
CNS Healthcare’s Anti-Stigma Team, Malkia Newman, Cheryl LaFleur and Andrew Parrish, combined personal stories, poetry and music into a message that hope and recovery with a mental illness is possible. CNS Anti-Stigma Program
Special Thanks to the Anti-Stigma Forum Sponsors:
Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
Helen L. Kay Charitable Fund
Michigan 14th Congressional Democratic District
Vision Fair Foundation & Tau Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
And to our Supporters:
Detroit Police Department – 5th Precinct
The Links Incorporated Great Lakes (MI) Chapter
The Salvation Army Conner Creek
And to our Volunteers:
Planning Committee: Dorothy Burrell, Carrie-Banks Patterson, Cara Johnson, Sherry McRill, Michele Reid, Sharon Common
NEGC Board External Relations Committee: Richard Carson, Karen Gray-Sheffield, Karen Love, Anthony Morton, Dianne Bostic-Robinson
CNS Healthcare: Lori Harrison, Theresa Noteworthy, Cara Johnson
AKA Sorority: Melba Wade, Alma Smith, Lynda Dandridge, Rhonda Thomas
NOTE: Professionals eligible for CEUs may complete the Prescription Drug Use & Opioid Epidemic online training to receive 0.5 hours at DWMHA Training.
To find treatment resources, call the SAMHSA National Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There is hope and understanding. Change the way the world sees mental health. NAMI.org