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The beginning: Organizational Plans and Ideas

Page history last edited by airdrie@... 11 years ago

This all started with Coping Digitally - click here to see what it's all about

 

Thanks to Airdrie for kickstarting everything - here's a link to her NV09 abstract and her original blog post on the topic.

 

Thanks to Tod and Isabella for opening up to the world and sharing their stories too. Thanks to Tris as well for sharing his.

 

Follow up articles: 

 

Isabella's gathering place for all thoughts on topics and things that need to be discussed - click here to see that blog post.

 

Raul's proposal of Mental Health Camp - many useful comments are also stored here - click here to read that blog post

 

Isabella's proposal of Mental Health Camp - read the comments - click here to read that blog post

 

Confirmed date for conference: April 25, 2009

 

Place: Confirmed: WorkSpace, 400 - 21 Water St., Vancouver

 

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Proposed schedule:

 

 

Room 1

 

 

Room 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:15

Intro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:30

Keynote

 

 

 

 

 - 9:55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00

Session 1

10:00

Session 2

 - 10:55

 

 

 - 11:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:05

 

 

11:30

 

 

 - 12:00

Session 3

 - 12:15

Session 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Break

 

 

 

 

 

12:15-1:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30

Session 5

1:30

Session 7

 - 2:25

 

 

 - 2:50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2:35

 

 

3:00

 

 

 - 3:30

Session 6

 - 3:15

Session 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Break

 

 

 

 

 

3:30-3:45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:30

Session 9

3:30

Session 10

 - 4:25

 

 

 - 4:50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:00

Conclusion

 

 

 

 - 5:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why these weird times?  Pete Quily http://adultaddstrengths.com/ had a good point – we don’t want to overload people.  Also we need a few more breaks in between than in “normal” camps.  So perhaps have varying lengths of sessions.

 

Possible topics:

 

  • Depression
  • Anonymity (Lorraine, unsuicide) – maybe also talk about the vulnerability that comes with putting your story “out there” even when the blogger is anonymous.
  • Stigma, myth and activism 
  • Writing
  • Addiction
  • ADD (Pete Quily)
  • Information production and information consumption - on the consumption side, credibility and reliability issues (unsuicide)
  • Family members with mental illness
  • Medications
  • Online commiseration and community building
  • Crowdsourcing PSAs

 

Comment from Raul - Isabella and I had a conversation about the idea of  approaching Mental Health Camp from the information production (for example, blogging as a way to help with breaking down the stigma, or as a catharsis) and the information consumption sides of things (for example, where do we go to read trusted sites about mental health issues) sides. Please contribute ideas on both if at all possible.

 

Also, from the organizational side of things - if we score the location I am hoping to score, we might have more room and therefore, POSSIBLY (not entirely sure) more sessions. We recognize that the topic is huge and this is a first attempt.

More notes:

 

Need to have a short blurb and talk about confidentiality during the conference (e.g. Photography, liveblogging, tweeting, etc.)

 

EDIT - Isabella and I discussed that each participant should be able and willing to disclose his/her level of comfort in regards to what can be said, photographed, liveblogged, tweeted, etc. This feedback can be provided either via email (moritherapy AT shaw.ca or hummingbird604 AT gmail.com) or in writing, or via tweet, or whichever means is more comfortable.

 

Should have a counsellor or two on stand-by, and a private area

 

Should have a little “chill” or “comfort” space

 

Invite other organizations such as CMHA, MPA, etc.

 

Have a flipchart and colour markers for drawing/graphic recording

 

At least one session (probably one of the longer ones) should be a combination of face-to-face conference and tweet-ins

 

Allow for sessions that might have to end abruptly because it gets too intense.

 

Ideas page.

 

Local resources page.

 

Created a Twitterfeed for the camp blog: @mhcampblog

 

Twitter ID’s of people who said they might help: (PLEASE ADD YOURSELF AT THE END OF THE LIST IF YOU'RE INTERESTED/WILLING TO HELP AND/OR WANT TO JUST PARTICIPATE IN THE UN-CONFERENCE)

 

@unsuicide

@raincoaster

@petequily

@sparklytosingle

@hummingbird604

@moritherapy

@wowie

@cyndiinbc

@trishussey

@ngartonjones

@tofufighting

@yarnageddon

@mozak (@zak on identi.ca)

@sparklingamber

@8pure

 

Marja Bergen

 

 

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