Call for Speakers

2009 March 11
by moritherapy

This is a call for presenters at MentalHealthCamp.

We don’t have our schedule completely worked out yet but the idea is to have sessions anywhere between 40 and 85 minutes. We will have between 6 and 10 sessions.

If you would like to present, please contact us and send us a short proposal, containing your name(s) and email, an overview over what you would like to discuss (no more than 200 words), a bio (no more than 100 words), and indicating your social media presence (e.g. your blog, twitter address, etc.)

The general questions we’d like to address, according to our soon-to-be finalized press release (thanks, Cathy!) are

  • How can blogging help decrease the stigma of mental health?
  • How does someone with a mental illness navigate the waters of anonymity in the transparent world of social media?
  • How is the journaling that happens in blogging similar to or different from journaling for healing?
  • How can social media participants with mental health issues help each other?

Here are some specific topics we thought might be of interest. As of today, March 10, some of these already have “dibs” – we’ve indicated where that is the case. However, if there is a topic to which you would like to contribute, please let us know, and maybe there is still room.

  • Depression
  • Anonymity (Lorraine, @unsuicide) – maybe also talk about the vulnerability that comes with putting your story “out there” even when the blogger is anonymous.
  • Stigma, myth and activism
  • Writing (update – Isabella would like to do something about that)
  • Addiction
  • ADD (Pete Quily)
  • Information production and information consumption – on the consumption side, credibility and reliability issues (@unsuicide?)
  • Family members with mental illness
  • Medications
  • Online commiseration and community building

Want to get even more specific? Here is part of the summary of suggested topics from Isabella’s blog.

  • Blogging and language; i.e. the language of “mental illness” vs. “mental health” or “personal growth”; how does language stigmatize?
  • What problems has “being out” caused in personal and professional life?
  • How to deal with commenters/bloggers making “antipsychiatry” suggestions (“don’t take medication” or “you don’t need to see a professional”)
  • How can the blogging culture subvert the dominant therapeutic paradigm?
  • How to deal with trolls on mental health blogs
  • How long to blog about mental health? When you reach the point of truly getting over your problems, what happens next?
  • What happens when a person’s distress increases due to blogging (as in peer-reinforced delusions, one-upmanship in “I’m more depressed than you are” virtual community interactions, internet addiction etc)
  • Does a feeling of exposure sometimes arise which can go beyond discomfort and become crippling?
  • Many famous people have been bipolar or unipolarly depressives. I would like blogs to mention more about the amazing visions of people like Edgar Allen Poe and the long list of others who have given without focusing on their disorder.

AN UPDATE on speaker proposals is here.

11 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 March 15

    To whom it may concern:

    I would be honored to represent the voice of stigma, myth, and activism. I am president of ActiveMinds at Maryland (, representing the most affected group of mental illness sufferers. With 1 in 4 college age students affected by mental illness, Active Minds ( is critical to the fight to reduce stigma. We (I) are investing our resources in participating in the Twitter/Social Networking movement.

    Please do contact me for any follow up questions/information.

    Sean Sullivan

  2. 2009 March 15

    Hi Sean – great to meet you here!

    Would you be able to come to Vancouver? This is a face-to-face conference.

  3. 2009 March 15

    Hi MoriTherapy,

    I just now sent a msg to HummingBird… and the short answer: YES.

    I would really appreciate the opportunity to participate in the mental health dialogue.

    Please do let me know if I can be of any help.


  4. 2009 March 15

    Hi Sean – this is great! Please send us a short proposal as per the above.

  5. 2009 March 16

    “@unsuicide”? I don’t know who that is, but it’s not me. I’m just plain raincoaster everywhere.

    raincoaster’s last blog post..quiz: which aphrodisiac are you?

  6. 2009 March 16

    I would be willing to talk about blogging as an outlet to manage stress from undertaking a PhD!

  7. 2009 March 16

    @raincoaster – No, what that note meant was that @unsuicide was willing to talk about the same topic.

  8. 2009 March 24

    I would love to be a presenter at #mentalhealthcamp.

    Where shall I send my proposal?

    Thanks, Marianna

    Marianna Paulson’s last blog post..Surrey Speechmeisters’ Stars!

  9. 2009 April 3

    I thought I did this once already but since I’m not sure, I’ll try again. I am open about my history with anxiety disorder and, more importantly, my recovery. Thirty years of Panic Disorder and seven years of recovery June 2009. I host a live internet radio show all about mental health and I offer mentoring sessions nationwide by phone and worldwide by e-mail to assist others in finding their own personal journey to recovery.

    By sharing my story I hope to encourage others to believe that they can achieve mental wellness if they are open to look outside of a strictly conventional approach. Alternative and Complimentary techniques and treatments are what has worked and continues to work as I continue to progress further and further on my path of recovery.

    Anyone is welcome to e-mail or call me. I would love to be part of this project.


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