The NEOMED community is invited to the opening ceremony of MEDCAMP Health-a-Thon, featuring a lecture from mental health author and advocate Bethany Yeiser. The lecture will be held June 29, beginning at 12:45 p.m. in Cook Alumni Hall. Her memoir Mind Estranged (2014) follows her trajectory from the onset of mental illness, through acute psychosis, homelessness, two brief incarcerations, and full recovery. As a motivational speaker, Bethany inspires positive change in the way people diagnosed with schizophrenia are characterized and treated in the health care system and by society. She discusses strategies for effective teamwork among families and health care providers, helping patients develop insight into mental illness, consent to treatment, and achieve the highest possible level of recovery. Bethany also raises awareness of the disproportionately high rate of incarceration of the mentally ill. She will be signing copies of her memoir following the lecture from 1:30 -2 p.m.
Submitted by Denise Mead