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Health Watch/Taryn Mack, Institute director

Recovering from mental illness

August 25, 2011
The Daily Mining Gazette

Recovery from mental illness is a concept that is being embraced by more and more organizations and individuals.

The Recovery Model as it relates to mental health is an approach that emphasizes and supports each individual's potential for recovery. It is a personal journey that involves developing hope, a secure base and sense of self, empowerment, coping skills, social inclusions, supportive relationships and meaning. The Recovery Model originated from the 12-Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Civil Rights Movement; the use of the concept in mental health emerged as deinstitutionalization resulted in more individuals living in the community. The Recovery Model has been adopted as the guiding principle of the mental health system of a number of countries and states, including Michigan.

At 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Carol Bailey Floyd will present the eighth presentation in our five-year Recovery Lecture series. Carol is the director of Programs for Mental Health Recovery and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan). She is a trainer and speaker for the Copeland Center in Vermont. Embracing WRAP wholeheartedly as a way of living has enabled Floyd to find balance and well-being in ways she never thought possible. Carol is the founder of the Laughing Club of northeast Ohio. She enjoys giving presentation on many subjects - gratitude, journaling, loneliness, fun and creative wellness tools.

Floyd's presentation is titled "Using Wellness Tools in Recovery." Wellness Tools are the heart of WRAP. They consist of things you enjoy doing, coping skills, ways you relax and fun approaches to living. Using Wellness Tools on a daily basis can help assure that we are not defenseless when things get tough. Collecting Wellness Tools and learning to invent them for unexpected situations can be a powerful, creative and sometimes even fun way to establish balance and well-being. Floyd will share common wellness tools and ways to develop your own wellness tools.

The presentations on Sept. 21 are open to the public. The 1 p.m. session is at the Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn on 820 Shelden Ave. in Houghton, and the 7 p.m. session is at the Copper Country Mental Health Services Institute on 900 W. Sharon Ave. in Houghton. The Recovery Lecture series is sponsored by Copper Country Mental Health and The Rice Memorial Clinic Foundation. For more information contact Taryn Mack at 482-4800 or Mary McKendrick at 482-9400 or register at

Editor's note: Taryn Mack is the Copper Country Mental Health Services Institute director.



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