Open Minds:

Talking together about mental health and addiction

Novant Health UVA Health System partners with local communities to Open Minds about mental health and addiction

Our Open Minds events are presented in collaboration with: Prince William County Community Services, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Prince William, Germanna Community College, Pepperberries and Culpeper Wellness Foundation.

Novant Health UVA Health System is hosting two mental health and addiction forums in partnership with local health, civic and community organizations in May, Mental Health Awareness Month. “Open Minds: Talking together about mental health and addiction,” events seek to shed light on these community behavioral health challenges and serve as an important first step in removing the stigma associated with these diseases.

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Tuesday May 9, 2017
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Tuesday May 23, 2017
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The goal of the forums is to create meaningful dialogue around mental health and addiction, and to provide education, referral resources and a safe place to learn. In addition to offering our community members and families hope and awareness of mental health and addiction resources close to home, the forums provide access to mental health professionals and providers.

The first Open Minds event will be held Tuesday, May 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center located at 10960 George Mason Circle in Manassas. The second Open Minds forum will be held Tuesday, May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Germanna Community College, Daniel Technology Center, located at 18121 Technology Dr. in Culpeper.

The keynote speaker for each event is Dr. Karyn O’Brien, PSYD, Clinical Psychologist. Both events will offer a panel discussion featuring local behavioral health experts, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and therapists. Individual breakout sessions on a variety of mental health and addiction topics will also be moderated by child and adult behavioral health providers. Mental health, substance abuse professionals and other community and civic organizations will be represented at various tables where participants can learn more about resources and services offered in their local community. Both events are free and open to the public.