Mike Vosters is a nomadic entrepreneur, developer, and mental health advocate. He writes in Medium about those parts of his life and living with ADHD and Bipolar Type II.
Mike brings his experience and strength living with a Bipolar condition, to develop the Mental Health League app, an innovative tool, to empower anyone along their mental health fitness journey.
The MHL application provides DAILY education, motivation, and live coaching with lots of fun sports references. It’s modeled after a sports league with three main features to Track your progress, Train new skills, and Assist your fellow teammates.
Jordan utilizes his combined experiences as a caregiver, social worker, and someone who has personally faced mental health challenges to create authentic mental health content that has been read by people around the world. Jordan writes The Mental Health Update newsletter. Over 30,000 people receive his mental health insights on Twitter and he has recently released the book, In Search of Happiness: Healing Through Mental Health Poetry.
Miriam Feldman is an artist, writer, and mental health activist who splits her time between her Los Angeles workshop and her farm in rural Washington state. She has been married to her husband Craig O’Rourke, also a successful artist, for 34 years and they have four adult children. Their 33-year-old son, Nick, has schizophrenia. Miriam’s novel He Came In With It is the legacy of, and for, her son Nick.
Mental Health Apps: The Present and the Future – November 24th 2020
We are really excited about this panel discussion on mental health software applications – the present and future.
- Brett Coleman, Co-Found and President Waypoint Health Innovations. Waypoint offers the Thrive online cognitive behavioral therapy app which has be by people for anxiety and depression care throughout Montana.
- Stephen Hays, founder of What If Ventures, a venture fund investing primarily in early stage mental health and addiction recovery focused startups.
- Laura Stanley, PhD- Montana State University researcher working on augmented reality mental health and addiction care.
At this Sensing Session, we asked mental health clinics and treatment centers to present for 12 minutes on the status of their operations, how they are getting through COVID-19, concerns/desires for the coming year. It was similar to the Sensing Session NAMI Montana conducted during the budget crisis a few years ago.
December 22nd 2020 – Dr. J. John Mann MD
J. John Mann MD, is The Paul Janssen Professor of Translational Neuroscience (in Psychiatry and in Radiology) and a former Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is Director of Research and Director of Molecular Imaging and the Neuropathology Division at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
His research employs functional brain imaging, neurochemistry and molecular genetics to probe the causes of depression and suicide. Dr. Mann is the Director of the NIMH Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders, and Past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research. Dr. Mann has published 458 papers and edited 10 books on the subjects of the biology and treatment of mood disorders, suicidal behavior and other psychiatric disorders. In private practice he specializes in the treatment of mood disorders.
Mark Lukach is a teacher and freelance writer. He is the author of the international bestselling memoir My Lovely Wife in The Psych Ward. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Wired, and other publications. He is currently the Ninth Grade Dean at The Athenian School, where he also teaches history. He lives with his wife, Giulia, and their son in the San Francisco Bay area.
Mark first wrote about his family’s story in a New York Times “Modern Love” column and again in a piece for Pacific Standard Magazine, which was the magazine’s most-read article in 2015. He has also shared their story at The Moth Main Stage, and at a TEDx conference.
There is a strong connection between employment and recovery from mental illness! IPS Supported Employment is an evidenced-based program that operates on 8 Core Principles and provides employment services to anyone with a mental illness that wants to work. The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch offers an IPS Program for youth and will share their success stories, annual outcomes and program goals.
Elizabeth Campoy is the IPS Supported Employment Program Supervisor at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (YBGR) in Billings, Montana. She has developed the program over the past 5 years with outstanding outcomes and strong support from her organization. Her professional experience in mental health and teaching has afforded her the knowledge and skills to train extremely effective Employment Specialists. The program’s positive outcomes have continually increased due to high-quality employer contacts and a growing network of local agencies, clinicians, schools, and other human service organizations. Behind the outcomes are staff that are fully invested in the practices of IPS and deeply committed to the mission of YBGR, “Caring people, preparing youth for life.”
Dr. Ruth Weissman PhD – February 9th 2021
Dr. Weissman’s extensive research portfolio has contributed to an array of elements a part of eating disorders including risks, epidemiology, classification, treatment, cost-effectiveness, and health care policy. She received Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy for Eating Disorders contributions to the field.
Ruth has been one of the lead researchers for the Youth Aware of Mental Health program study in Montana. She has a commitment to improving Montana’s mental illness treatment program through high-quality research.