Virtual Speaker Event: ‘Neuroscience Offers New Hope in Treating Bipolar Disorder’ with Dr. Hilary Blumberg

Join NAMI Southwest CT on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 7:00pm-8:30pm EST as we hear from Dr. Hilary Blumberg, a research pioneer in advanced brain imaging, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mood disorders. She will speak about bipolar disorder as a brain disorder and will highlight cutting-edge research on a treatment to help those living with the disorder. Hilary Patricia Blumberg, MD is a Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, and Director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at the Yale School of Medicine. She will discuss the plasticity of the brain, factors that can adversely affect the brain, and research devoted to understanding how suicide behavior develops among individuals with bipolar disorder. Dr. Blumberg will highlight a new psycho-behavioral treatment that can help prevent suffering and suicide.

Mental Health Housing — A Panel Discussion

For someone with a mental health condition, the basic necessity of a stable home can be hard to come by. When this need isn’t met, many people cycle in and out of homelessness, shelters and hospitals. Having a safe and secure place that allows a person with a mental illness to live as independently as possible is a vital part of the recovery journey. We have assembled a panel of professionals who will discuss different types of housing and the varying degrees of independence and care they offer. Panelists include Floren L. Schertzer, LCSW and Social Worker, Sarah Bell, Director of Community Outreach at BlueSky Behavioral Health, John Labieniec, LCSW, Vice President of Acute and Recovery Services, Continuum of Care, Inc., and Valerie S. Williams, Executive Director, Keystone House, Inc.

The panel discussion, “Mental Health Housing,” will be held on Thursday, February 20th, 2020 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Tully Center Auditorium, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford, CT.

Support for Parents Whose Kids Live with Mental Health Challenges

Having a child with mental health challenges can be stressful, exhausting, and lonely. NAMI Southwest CT offers FREE SUPPORT GROUPS for parents of children and adolescents living with mental health conditions. NAMI-CAN (Child & Adolescent Network) support groups are confidential, safe, and led by trained volunteer facilitators with lived experience. Parents and caregivers may speak freely and be understood without embarrassment or the fear of being judged or treated differently.