The theme of this year’s Symposium is “I can relate to that.” Our international group of presenters offers a wide interpretation of the theme, based on their interests and academic backgrounds. Attendees will learn ways to promote mental health for themselves and their families, how diet affects mental health, and how first responders and medical clinicians can improve their own mental health.
The Symposium takes place in Virtual Ability’s The Sojourner Auditorium, on Virtual Ability island. The SLURL for the auditorium is: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23.
The Virtual Ability community hosts this annual Symposium to share information about mental health and mental disabilities with the general population. Within our cross-disability community we have members who deal with a variety of mental health issues. Not only is this an opportunity for our community members to learn more about topics related to mental health from experts they probably would not have a chance to meet otherwise, it is allows the general public to attend a professional conference for free.
The 2017 Mental Health Symposium schedule is as follows (SLT is US Pacific Daylight Time):
Tracy Burrows “Diet, Nutrition and Food Addiction”
Sarah Henderson and Kristin Klimley “First Responder Mental Health: The Importance of Training and Intervention”
Joel Edman “Nutritional and Holistic Approaches to Stomach and Intestinal Disorders: Practical guidelines that can also be helpful for chronic and/or complex health issues”
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Ian Colman “Mental health promotion - What can you do for you and your loved ones?”
Karen Davison “Bridging the Divide: Exploring research in nutrition, mental health and food security”
Diana Anderson “Virtual Windows: Design solutions to improve the mental health of clinical staff”
Namaara MacMoragh "Mental Health Following Brain Injury"
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