The mission of the Speaker’s Bureau of Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (WCCMH) is to put a face on mental illness, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders, and to overcome stigma and discrimination by sharing successful stories of hope, resiliency, and recovery. We are individuals in recovery and our speakers include family members, treatment providers, and treatment agency leadership.
Recovery is the way people are able to live, work, learn, and participate fully in a community. For some, recovery means being able to live a fulfilling and productive life with a disability. For others, recovery implies the reduction or complete remission of symptoms. Having hope and gratitude play a vital role in an individual’s recovery. The hope that things can and will get better is a motivating message for those who face barriers to persevere until they overcome. Hope is internalized, but can be cultivated by peers, families, friends, providers, and others. Hope is the key to actually taking steps towards recovery.
The Speakers Bureau aims to present the real hope that people can recover and that there are possibilities for improved lives and share the personal stories of those who have experienced the reality of this hope. Presentations are free of charge.