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Mental health conference features nationally recognized speakers

CRYSTAL LAKE – The annual McHenry County Mental Health Wellness and Recovery Conference on Sept. 20 at McHenry County College features two nationally recognized speakers, a choice of four afternoon breakout sessions, opportunities for networking, and credits for continuing education.

Nanette Larson, director of recovery support services for the Illinois Department of Human Services' Division of Mental Health, will deliver the keynote address, “Recovery: The Journey to Health and Wellness.” A nationally recognized leader and speaker focused on the mental health consumer recovery movement, her passion stems from personal experiences of recovery. 

Dr. Paul Keck Jr., a researcher in bipolar disorder and psychopharmacology and author of hundreds of scientific papers, will present “Recovery, Remission, Wellness-The Realizable Goals of Diagnosis and Treatment.”

People who have mental health concerns, family members and friends, professionals, and community members are encouraged to attend.

The morning session begins at 8 a.m. with registration, expo displays and information-sharing opportunities, and moves into the speaker presentation. Lunch is provided, followed by a choice of four breakout sessions. 

A $10 nonrefundable registration fee made out to the McHenry County Behavioral Health Foundation includes lunch, CEUs, and refreshments.

Checks should be mailed the BHF, 620 Dakota St., Crystal Lake, 60012, attention Sharon Smith. The registration and payment deadline is Sept. 6.

For information, call or email Smith at 815-308-0866 or srs.mcbhf@gmail.com. Or call the Mental Health Board at 815-455-2828. 

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