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Since the 1980's, the US federal government helps fund a large conference of several hundred mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, many of whom are leading consumer-driven projects such as support groups and drop-in centers. This year's conference is being held in Buffalo, New York, USA.

What
  • Convention
When Oct 29, 2008 01:00 AM to
Nov 02, 2008 01:00 AM
Where Buffalo, New York, USA
Contact Name
Contact Phone 1-800-POWER-2-U
Attendees All are welcome, especially mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.
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A different federally-funded national technical assistance center sponsors it each year. This year's conference is sponsored by National Empowerment Center. 


The theme this year is:

Creating Community Through Active Citizenship


From the organizers:

"Out of the experience of creating community, consumer/survivors not only become conscious of being members of a group, but we begin to understand that our life has meaning, and we appreciate that our efforts make a difference as we become active citizens in the human community."


UPDATE: Proposal deadline extended: May 23, 2008

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