Official Program for the 2nd Vancouver Mental Health Camp

2010 July 6
by moritherapy

Following is the program of the 2nd Vancouver Mental Health Camp on July 10, 2010. Please note that there may be last minute changes.

Mental Health Camp is organized by Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega and Isabella Mori.

Many thanks to our volunteers, on and offline!

Many thanks also to our sponsors:

Freelance Camp Vancouver 2010
Development Disabilities Association of British Columbia
Cosmic Blend
ROI Studios
Wilcox PR
Cathy Browne

Volunteers will be recognized by their bandanas.

All media must first register with our media concierge, Cathy Browne.

Confidentiality: While our media concierge will communicate with the media that they need to take great care to respect anonymity where desired, we are unable to guarantee it. Please take precautions as you see fit. Please discuss any questions you may have about this with Cathy Browne.

Social Media Users and Public Media Representatives: Please treat participants’ anonymity with utmost respect and only identify people who give clear indications that they wish to be identified.

Twitter Presence: We have volunteers who are gently shepherding the twitter stream. Our hashtag is #mhcyvr10. Our moderators are mhcmod1, mhcmod2 and mhcmod3.

Self Care: Please take care of yourself during this conference. Go for a walk, give yourself some quiet time, breathe. If you need a bit of a sounding board, please see Jael in the specially marked “Quiet Room” area.


Raul Pacheco and Isabella Mori

Arts Based Advocacy
Jay Peachy

The role of Art in therapy needs continuous awareness. Can art therapy be used for advocacy? J Peachy shares his personal journey in creativity and showcases some of his initiatives. Through ‘Sound Therapy Radio’ he brings people into the conversation. Guests share stories from their perspective on Arts and Mental Health.


J Peachy, a collective member at Gallery Gachet, is an arts based advocate for mental health. He saw his art as a means for survival in dealing with his challenges with Bi-Polar Disorder.
twitter: Soundtherapyrad
FACEBOOK: Sound Therapy Radio

What it would take to go public with having ADHD? ADHD adults answer this question.
Pete Quily
Room 1

Pete says: “One reason people with mental health conditions get stigmatized is few go public about their condition, speak out and reduce stigma. I did a survey asking what would it take for ADHD adults to go public with ADHD and got 70 responses. Let’s discuss the answers and implications.

Pete Quily is a professionally trained Adult ADHD coach, speaker, blogger and ADHD advocate. He leads the Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group. This will be his 2nd talk at Mental Health Camp.


Focusing and Natural Process Action Steps
Katarina Halm

1.The tale of Bradley the Engineer: how we learn to recognize our own best next steps.
2. Focusing and Change: allowing growth to emerge from “abiding with” our experience.
3. Group exercise: discovering Focusing’s famous Felt Sense.

Katarina’s background includes community psychotherapy with R.D.Laing, M.A. Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, teaching Inner Relationship Focusing in the tradition of Eugene Gendlin, Ann Weiser Cornell, and Barbara Mc Gavin.

Coffee Break, sponsored by Developmental Disabilities Association

Ripping the scab off through writing
Steffani Cameron

Shame keeps us all victims. Secrecy prevents healing. “If writing hurts, leaves me nauseous at the prospect of publishing, I know it’s what others need to read.” Steff’s goal is to leave listeners understanding the why and how of it, and wanting to reach for that same healing from openness.

Steffani has been blogging since 2004, chronicling a dramatic reversal of writers’ block and going into and coming out of depression. “Blogging’s cheaper than therapy, lasts longer than masturbation. What’s not to love?”

“Digital Self Outing” – How I use social media to reduce stigma a voice for others who are not ready to share”
Steven Schwartz
Room 1

After being open about his Bipolar disorder for years, Steven started blogging this year, discussing what impact his openness has had on his life and others. He is also interested in talking about how social media can move the Mad Pride movement forward.

Steven is a TV journalist and has spoken on Radio and TV about mental illness.

Twitter: eatsshootsedits


MHSM chat
Amy Kiel
Room 1

In this virtual session, Amy discusses creating the weekly Mental Health Social Media Chat (#mhsm) on Twitter and how it can be used a global forum. #mhsm is a means for professionals, activists, physicians, students, supporters and consumers alike to share their voice, collect ideas, and make a difference.

Amy is an advocate and a health activist, and has struggled with mental health issues herself. She has an education in psychology and has worked on a psychiatric unit.

twitter: abeeliever


Covenant House’s blog “On the House”
Michelle Clausius

Michelle discusses how this blog helps break the silence around youth mental health issues through self expression and openness regarding mental illness. The young peoples` comics, poetry and photography have allowed Covenant House to spread the word about the prevalence of mental illness among youth while helping them to be heard.

Michelle Clausius is the Associate Director of Development & Communications at Covenant House Vancouver. Michelle has only recently dipped her toes into the social media pool.



LUNCH catered by Lunchbox Catering

Director Ken Paul Rosenthal screens the film “Crooked Beauty”

“Extreme sadness and sensitivity is not an illness, but a part of human experience to be explored with creativity and compassion”. The poetic documentary Crooked Beauty chronicles artist-activist Ashley McNamara’s transformative journey from childhood abuse to psych ward patient to pioneering mental health advocacy. She survived an alcoholic mother and battled substance-abuse issues when diagnosed as ‘bipolar’ at age 19 and incarcerated. Determined to overturn the stigmas around madness and develop authentic healing models for individuals diagnosed ‘mentally ill’, she co-founded The Icarus Project, a support network and grassroots media project. Ashley’s quest is to live with courage and dignity, and to critique standard psychiatric treatments.

“Escape from Bummer Island – Imagining A Mental Health Adventure Game”
Room 1

Fun and Play are overlooked pathways back to healthy fulfilling living. What if computer game marathons were a game that actually helped bring people out of depressive episodes? How could we create a Farmville or Foursquare of mental health?

AJ Grew up in Toronto, did his undergrad at Princeton, has lived in London, Sao Paulo, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He has had depression since he was 10 years old. He works as a leadership coach and facilitator.

Blog –
Youtube – DepressionTribe

Removing the Split
Terra Attrill, Steffani Cameron, Steven Schwartz and Catherine Omega

Stigma surfaces anywhere, suggesting those with mental health issues should live double-lives: one where they seek wellness, another where they put on a happy face, silently suffering. What happens when we remove the split online, and become open about our struggles? Four panelists discuss their experiences, being ‘out’, and answer questions about how their lives have been affected.

Panelists: Terra Attrill (@zoeyjane), Steffani Cameron (@smuttysteff), Steven Schwartz (@eatsshootsedits) and Catherine Omega (@catherineomega) present their experiences as being ‘out’ about various forms of mental illness such as bipolar disorder, eating disorders, ADD, and post-partum depression.


Overcoming Obstacles: Social Media Meets the Healthcare Practice Community
Sean Cranbury
Room 1

Can we develop a ‘networked approach’ to patient care? Can we overcome reservations among decision-makers and change policy and culture within traditional institutions? What stories can we share that will help to show the power of social media in this context?

Sean Cranbury is a Vancouver-based communications/social media integration consultant working with arts organizations and non-profits. He is host and curator of Books on the Radio.

Twitter: @seancranbury

It’s not about Mental Illness
Isabella Mori

What ails our world is not the insanity of schizophrenia or addiction, it’s the insanity of global destruction. Isabella will make a connection between corporate dysfunction that facilitates disasters such as BP and Bhopal, and how this insanity might be lessened by the mental health expertise on the part of people with mental illness.

Isabella Mori is the co-founder of Mental Health Camp. A counsellor, she blogs about psychology, creativity, spirituality and social justice and occasionally deals with faulty wiring in her brain.

twitter: moritherapy


Coffee sponsored by Development Disabilities Association

Ride Don’t Hide – A Journalist Goes on a Bicycle Tour to Raise Awareness of Mental Health
Michael Schratter

Michael Schratter is about to embark on his 16-year-old goal: a one-year cycling trip around the world to create awareness, shatter the stigmas surrounding mental health and raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association. He’ll talk about his adventure and how social media is going to make his trip more powerful.

Michael, a teacher and journalist for Vancouver’s 24 Hours, is an avid cyclist. Michael is also bipolar.

Room 1 & Atrium

Ending Keynote

4 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 July 8

    Hi the program looks fantastic! just wish I could be there.

    Is there a hashtag to follow for the event? and will there be slides uploaded later as I would love to hear more.

    .-= Jenni Beattie´s last blog ..Opportunities to have your say- Mental Health =-.

  2. 2010 July 9

    jenni – forgot to tell you – the hashtag is #mhcyvr10

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