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September 25, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mental Health Monday
The Connection Between Anger & Mental Illness
In articles about mental illness, anger is often mentioned when discussing root causes and also in describing behavior. The program is free, open to the public, and a partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Yavapai College.
Two speakers will address the issue, Mary Loeffler and Verryl Fosnight.
Mary Loeffler is an SMI Adult Therapist at Spectrum Healthcare Group. Mary has worked in a variety of mental health sectors for twenty years. She worked in Domestic Violence (tribal and in shelters) and as a community crisis responder. She has worked in substance abuse treatment centers for adults and adolescents, and with the SMI population for the last ten years. PTSD has been her focus with clients in the past five years, which includes anger and rage as a significant component. She will address how therapy is helpful including addressing suicide and other mental health diagnoses.
Verryl Fosnight is a Sedona resident and retired physicist who has recovered from anger addiction after 32 years. He has written a book on the topic and offers classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Yavapai College. Verryl is an insider expert about therapy, hospital programs, workshops and anger management classes, none of which worked for him on his anger. But the recovery lessons he learned and his acceptance of his own emotions as healthy but often skewed into calamitous feelings and behavior, allowed him to recover from a lifetime of losses and pain which caused his anger. He supports his understanding of his experience with detailed references to the recovery literature.
Following the presentation, the Coalition will conduct its business meeting from 11AM-Noon. The public is invited to stay and learn about the work of the Coalition on Community Education, Youth Outreach, Suicide Prevention and Support, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Veterans, Trauma, Alzheimer’s Support, and Legislative Advocacy.
The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is a 501C3 non-profit all volunteer organization dedicated to building community support for families and individuals living with mental illness through education, advocacy, and community support services. For information, contact Barbara Litrell, 649-0135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.