Addiction and mental illness are serious issues that are hard to address without the right training, but did you know that there are ways that you can make a difference?
You can help to reduce stigma and support recovery by sharing the facts with others and changing the way these issues are talked about in your community. Join us for an intensive learning experience that will prepare you to go back to your community ready to make a difference.
This workshop is free and open to County Extension Staff and State Specialists from all program areas.
Topics covered will include:
Exploring stigma and how it affects individuals and communities
Myths vs. facts related to addiction and mental illness
Ways that Extension educators can combat stigma (participants will get a copy of PPT slides to use for local presentations)
Mental health in children and adolescents and how you should talk about it with them and with parents
Understanding the recovery process from the University of Kentucky Extension Specialist for Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery, Alex Elswick
Read more about his amazing story here
What Extension educators can do in their communities to support recovery
Ideas and tools, including a media kit with ready-to-use templates, for developing an awareness-building campaign to reduce stigma in your community
This event is being sponsored by the ISU PROSPER Rx project and is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture [grant no. 2017-46100-27192/project accession no. 1014238], with additional support from SAMHSA ROTA grant number 1H79TI081893-01.