Where presentations are provided:
In most community settings: work places; service organizations; schools; places of worship; etc.
Who are the presenters?
As appropriate to the particular presentation, they may include:
- Program staff with broad experience with mental illness and specific expertise on workplace accommodations, housing support, and other issues
- Consumers with a broad range of backgrounds
- Family member of someone with mental illness
We tailor presentations to specific needs, but typically the presentations may include:
- Staff introduction
- Basic facts on mental illness
- Brief background on Vail Place, including the origin and need for community based support services
- Member story
- Personal perspective on onset and course of symptoms and illness
- Impact on family and relationships in general
- Impact on education and work
- Achievements: treatment; recovery; successful community reintegration
- Family member story
- Impact on family life in dealing with mental illness
- Diagnosis and treatment related information, including negotiating mental health system and accessing services
- Suggested strategies and resources for families
- Q & A
- Opportunity for audience to engage presenters. Presenters will be ready with questions and strategies to guide and engage audience, if needed.
Length of presentations:
As requested, most commonly 15 minutes to one hour.
Sample of Support Materials:
- Fact sheet on mental illness (pdf 19Kb) – basic information and statistics
- Fact sheet on mental illness in the workplace (pdf 33Kb)
- Resource sheet (Word 52Kb) – local and online resources
- Information on Vail Place (pdf 82Kb)
Cost of Program:
Vail Place provides informational presentations at no cost as a community service to spread understanding about mental illness. We accept, when available, honoraria to help cover basic costs of materials and transportation.
For additional information contact:
Stefano LoVerso: firstname.lastname@example.org; 952.945.4236