May is Mental Health Month!

May 2, 2014

It really is spring. And despite the colder temperatures, summer will be here before we know it! Each year the Cortland Community organizes events to celebrate May as Mental Health Month. This month-long celebration raises awareness of mental health, encouraging help-seeking behaviors and breaking down the misconceptions surrounding mental illness. This month is no different and the Think Again! Group has organized a whole host of activities to acknowledge this year’s theme of “Mind your health.” Also, don’t forget to keep an eye on the Cortland Standard to read our weekly articles.



May 7th


MHA Annual Dinner¸ 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Ramada Inn, Cortland


Attend the annual dinner, keynote presentation, and recognition ceremony. Keynote presenter Pat Risser will discuss “Living with thoughts of dying: Addressing suicidal thoughts and impulses.” Pat Risser is a survivor. He spent over ten years as a "mental patient" with over twenty hospitalizations including state hospital and various treatment modalities. He recovered fully and worked as a professional. Pat has been a recognized leader on local, state and national levels for nearly 40 years with an additional focus and emphasis on advocacy for rights and self-determination of all people with physical and other disabilities. Pat continues to serve on a number of state and national boards and committees championing the cause of mental health and trauma. For more information or to register for this FREE event contact Mike Pisa by April 30th at 607-756-5992 ext. 42 or



History of the C/S/X (Consumer, Survivor, Expatient) Movement, 12:00pm to 1:30pm, SUNY Main Street, 9 Main St. Cortland.


This workshop, led by mental health advocate Pat Risser, will explore the history of the C/S/X movement as part of the greater civil rights movement, as well as advocacy and its role in positive change. To RSVP, please contact Garra Lloyd-Lester at 607-758-6100 or



May 8th


Breakfast Food For Thought: Consumers in the Behavior Health Workforce, 8:30am to 10:00am, SUNY Main Street, 9 Main Street, Cortland.


This workshop will explore the role that consumers play in the behavioral health workforce, specifically in providing services to peers. To RSVP, please contact Garra Lloyd-Lester at 607-758-6100 or


Suffering Silently: Recognizing and Supporting Depressing in the Elderly, 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Cortland Regional Medical Center, Assembly Room. A small fee will be charged for attendance. For more information contact the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging at 607-753-5060.



May 21st


Here One Day Movie Premiere, 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Cortland Works Career Center basement.


HERE ONE DAY is a film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved. The local premiere will include a brief primer, a screening of the 75 minute film, and time for discussion and reflection. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Garra Lloyd-Lester at 607-758-6100 or



May 28th


March in May for Mental Health, 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Wishing Wellness Center

Join us for our third annual walk to raise awareness of mental health! Participants will meet at the Wishing Wellness Center and then walk approximately one half mile around downtown Cortland ending in a celebration at the County Office Building. At the County Office Building those impacted by mental illness will share their stories and refreshments will be available. For more information or to register for the walk, please contact Ashley Jones at 607-756-4198 or 

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