26th Annual Mental Health Conference: Finding Your Voice

26th Annual Mental Health Conference: Finding Your Voice

Friday, November 8

9:00-3:30 (Registration begins at 8:30)

Tompkins County Public Library

Borg Warner Room

For a complete list of conference events, click here.


All too often, individuals living with mental health concerns are confronted with a treatment system overwhelming in size and power. Understanding their role and how to navigate that system can be a daunting task. ‘Finding Your Voice’ looks to increase individuals’ understanding of themselves and their interactions with the mental health system to facilitate better outcomes. Attendees will learn how to become experts on themselves, set realistic expectations for treatment, and work collaboratively with others on their recovery. There will also be an opportunity to understand how traditional and innovative mental health services in Tompkins County have brought the consumer’s voice back into focus.

The conference is FREE, open to the public, and features a keynote by Dr. Ednita Wright, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC, multiple concurrent sessions, a book talk, and more! Everyone is welcome!

Dr. Wright is a Professor in the Human Services/Teacher Education Department at Onondaga Community College.  She is also the Program Coordinator of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Program. Dr. Wright has worked at a variety of institutions, within the Central New York area, both private and public.  She has written on topics of addiction, HIV/AIDS and cultural diversity.  Dr. Wright is currently interested in the subtleties within policies and cultural norms that perpetuate racism and other bias in academic and other institutional environments.  She has consulted for over twenty years with community agencies and academic institutions regarding issues of diversity with the primary objective of moving away from tolerance to authentic inclusion. She has received numerous awards for her commitment to the community and to the art of teaching.

Click here to register.

Or contact Amanda Kelly, Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, to register by phone at 607-273-9250.

For accommodations for a disability, please contact Teri Reinemann, Finger Lakes Independence Center, at 607-272-2433.