UnDiagnosing Unplanned UnConference schedule

Next week we are hosting a conference in Cincinnati in partnership with Paul Komarek of Defying Mental Illness. He’s helped me come up with conference planning details. This has been an exercise in delegation for me, because he has more of a mental health provider point of view and I have more of a psych survivor point of view. But I also am not in the city and I’m still processing the last of my spiritual emergency so I have to guard my energy levels.

Paul Komarek’s description of the conference:

Doing, Thinking, Feeling: To move beyond emotional distress we must learn to have conversations about stuff we’ve never talked about. How do we find language and share peer support for this? We are merging mental health advocates with two back to back community engagement conferences in Cincinnati to move peer support out of our silos and across the entire country.

Mental Health Community, It’s time to have that talk. You know the issues. What might happen if we listened to, and learned from, the experiences of ordinary people? Join Paul Komarek and Corinna West for a conversation with mental  health activists from around the country. We want to hear everyone’s ideas about improving mental health.

Event Schedule:

Friday February 15, 2013

Friday, February 15, 1 pm – 5 pm, Innov8 for Health Idea Expo, 1 Neumann Way, Cincinnati, OH 45215, Phone:(513) 243-2000, Transit: Mangham Dr & Dantzler Dr

Join the audience at the Innov8 for Health Idea Expo. Listen to the best and newest ideas to change health care, get inspired to find your own new approach, and support mental health pitches from Corinna West and Paul Komarek, the event hosts. Afterwards, we’ll gather to dine and debrief.

Friday, February 15, 6 -9 pm: We haven’t figured this out yet but we’re talking to the local poets and whatever happens will be cool. Also check out:

Cincinnati Museum Center: http://www.cincymuseum.org/
Cincinnati Museum of Art: http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: http://cincinnatizoo.org/

Mental Health is Human. T-shirt photographed at Alternatives 2010 in Pasadena, CA.

Mental Health is Human. T-shirt photographed at Alternatives 2010 in Pasadena, CA.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 7:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Invest in Neighborhood Summit.

Our group of mental health advocates has a special invite to join Cincinnati’s Neighborhood Summit on the campus of Xavier University, where we are learning skills to connect and grow communities in any city. Neighborhood Summit Information and

Registration Link http://www.investinneighborhoods.com/summit.html

Saturday, February 16, 6 -9 pm: UnDiagnosing Mental Health Conversation.  A Small Group Community Studio, Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 215 East 14th St., 2nd floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Join us for idea sharing, pitch your conversation topic, give your input and ideas for problem solving in mental health, and spread the revolution.

Sunday, Februrary 17, 2013

Sunday, Februrary 17, 10am – 2pm: Second slot for UnDiagnosing Mental Health Conversation. Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 215 East 14th St., 2nd floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Everyone that wants to present something pitches their ideas at the beginning of the day, then we put ideas into time slots and people vote with their feet. Corinna will present about Connect Power, a time banking program that allows 17 way barters and unlimited jobs for peer supporters.

How to register:

Cost to participate is $25. We are organizing a block of rooms at a local hotel. Free lodging at crowdsurfing.com and cheap lodging at airbnb.com. We hope to fund 6 X $150 travel scholarships through a crowdfunding campaign. Food expenses are on your own except lunches during the local conferences, dinner Saturday, and lunch Sunday. This event is limited to the first 36 registered participants. 

To sign UP:

RSVP YES on our Facebook event invite, then use the donate button on the right side of this blog to pay the $25.


Use our EventBrite link:  http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1278812461?s=12350712


Use the free link to the Invest in Neighborhoods Summit for Saturday: http://www.investinneighborhoods.com/summit.html

Ever been to Cincinnati before? Now’s the time.

2 comments to UnDiagnosing Unplanned UnConference schedule

  • I am looking forward to visiting with all who attend. I think it’s important to have conversations that we have never had before about experiences that are so widely shared.

    I have so many questions about creating a different future for mental health. How can we collaborate to help people make progress in their lives? Can we make it easier for people to choose their way forward? Can we change the economics and the jurisprudence around all this?

    This is not intended as a set-up for an argument, but a conversation about a distinct future that works better for everyone.

  • […] Our UnDiagnosing UnPlanned Conference went well and I think the idea is great but we need better execution and marketing. Also, if we’re going to start dialogues between psych survivors and people who don’t understand (or don’t care about) medical harm, there needs to be some really good mediation happening so people don’t end up traumatized and unheard like me. Here’s my co-host’s take on the event and public recognition for our awesome participants. The question is, do you want to come back to Cincinnati on April 12 – 13 for their business pitch competition, plus a day long event where you learn to build phone applications that increase “happiness,” plus our theoretically facilitated discussion?  And how could we effectively facilitate this? Do you ever have successful or productive conversations with people who think medical harm is irrelevant? How? […]