2019 Mind Your Mind Conference brings nationally-renowned experts to Eugene; hopes to shift thinking on mental health

2019 Mind Your Mind Conference brings nationally-renowned experts to Eugene; hopes to shift thinking on mental health
Posted on 09/25/2019

The Mind Your Mind Project, a Lane County-based program geared toward promoting mental wellness, kicks off the two-day Mind Your Mind: Advancing Mental Wellness Conference this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (9/25-27) at the Valley River Inn. The gathering is aimed at enriching the community’s understanding of mental health, primarily focusing on mental health promotion rather than mental illness and will feature six keynote speakers, and over 20 workshops.


“The goal of the conference is to apply scientific, evidence-based solutions around promoting mental wellness as well as teach new strategies and tools to local providers,” said Mind Your Mind Project Coordinator Roger Brubaker.


One of the main strategies to be expounded upon at the conference is the correlation between mental wellness and physical health. Recently, a study conducted by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services showed that individuals in poor mental health are more likely to develop asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or stroke than those who are mentally healthy.


“We tend to be more compassionate toward someone who cannot get out of bed due to the flu, cancer treatment or surgery and will excuse them for missing family events if they are not feeling up to them,” added Brubaker. “But when someone with clinical depression is unable to do the same, we often respond with anger, frustration or judgment. In both cases, the person has a condition that for a time impacts their energy and outlook; the difference is that we usually talk openly about a physical condition, and have more understanding of its side effects, making it easier to empathize.”


For mental health practitioners, this underscores the importance of one of the conference’s other main objectives: to reduce the stigma around mental health, illness and help seeking.


The conference sponsors (Trillium Community Health, Lane County Public Health, Prevention Lane and the Benton County Health Department) highly encourage any health providers who want to increase the health and well-being of the community to attend.                                              


To register, go online to www.mindyourmindconference.org. The conference has been approved for 11.5 continuing education credits by the National Association of Social Workers and the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon. A certificate of attendance will be provided for those needing verification of attendance.

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