The Consortium, in partnership with Staunton Farm Foundation, will participate in the second annual Disability Pride Virtual PA event with three sessions focused on mental health.
“Everything You Want to Know About Substance Use But Were Afraid to Ask,” Wednesday June 23, 10:30 am-noon, will explore myths and misconceptions about substance abuse disorders and treatment. Speakers: Jess Williams, MPH, Pittsburgh Recovery Walk Event Coordinator; Dr. Jonathan Han, Program Director, UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; and Sara Shotland, Program Director of “Words Without Walls” and Assistant Professor of English, Chatham University.
“Conversations About Mental Health and Race: Amplifying Diverse Narratives,” Thursday, June 24, 4-5:30 pm, will discuss attitudes, beliefs, access to services, and self-care techniques through the eyes of people of color. Speakers: Ta’Lor Pinkston, MSW, The Heart Advocate; Libby Powers, Research Assistant in Stakeholder Engagement at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories; Robert Lawrence, LSW.
“Exploring Mindfulness,” Monday, June 28, 12:30-2 pm, will provide an introduction to meditation and relaxation techniques and will include a mindfulness activity. Presented by Stephanie Romero of Awaken Pittsburgh.
Disability Pride Virtual PA 2021 offers ten days of online events from June 21 to June 30, 2021. The annual event’s theme is “Make Pennsylvania Disability Proud!” Events are designed to engage people with disabilities throughout Pennsylvania and their allies, using the virtual platform as a model of best practices in accessibility and inclusion.
To register for Disability Pride Virtual PA sessions, visit this website.
There is a one-time registration for all 2021 events. Registrants will receive email with information about all sessions, news about special events, and a guide on how the get the most out of Disability Pride Virtual PA.