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Registration open for Wellness and Recovery Conference

CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Mental Health Board, Behavioral Health Foundation and partners have put together the third annual Wellness and Recovery Conference to offer guidance on people’s journey toward wellness.

Those who have mental health concerns and their family members and friends, as well as professionals, are encouraged to attend "Recovery: The Journey to Health and Wellness" from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at the McHenry County College Conference Center, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

The National Institute of Mental Health research shows mental disorders are common and affect tens of millions of individuals each year. While about one in four U.S. adults experiences a mental illness in a given year, only a fraction seeks treatment. 

Nanette Larson, the director of Recovery Support Services for the Illinois DHS/Division of Mental Health and a nationally recognized leader in the mental health recovery movement, will deliver the keynote address.

Dr. Paul Keck Jr., professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and president and DEO of the Lindner Center of Hope in Mason, Ohio, will follow with a discussion on the realizable goals of diagnosis and treatment.

Breakout sessions include "Making Wise Choices in Recovery"; "Mental Health, Spirituality and Recovery; Addressing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"; and the "Visual Voice of Recovery, a Collaborative Art Project."

A nonrefundable registration fee of $10 includes lunch and refreshments. CEUs and CPDUs are provided at no additional cost; IAODAPCA CEUs are pending.

Checks should be made out and mailed to the McHenry County Behavioral Health Foundation, attention Sharon Smith, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake, IL 60012.

The registration and payment deadline is Sept. 6.

For information, call the McHenry County Mental Health Board at 815-455-2828. 

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