Monthly Archives: June 2015

Mental Health Advocacy: Empowering Lived Experience with Evidence — My presentation is yours to use!

Hello readers, and I especially welcome the wonderful parent and professional mental health advocates I met last Friday at the PPAL annual meeting in Marlborough MA — all 400+ of you! I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and came away very impressed with the “Massachusetts model,” a work in progress you point out, for supporting families and communities with mental health disorders.

Click on the link below to see my presentation (30 min) as a downloadable Slideshare file, below

Click on the larger version of this image, below, to see my presentation (30 min) as a downloadable Slideshare file.

Here I am addressing the annual meeting of Parent Professional Advocacy League, in Marlborogh MA on May 29, 2015

Here I am addressing the annual meeting of Parent Professional Advocacy League, in Marlborogh MA on May 29, 2015

As I said in my keynote, you are my tribe. Only those of us who’ve dealt with mental illness and addiction in ourselves and/or a family member can truly know how tough this journey can be — and the importance of social services and one-on-one parent support. I am grateful for everything you do and the lessons you pass on.

You may view, share and re-purpose any part of this presentation in your own work at no charge. If you do, please provide attribution to me as author, with this website as your source. I would also appreciate a heads up on where you’ll be sharing and/or publishing it. THANKS!

—– Victoria Costello

With attendees; among them mental health and social service professionals, parent advocates and youth advocates.

With PPAL Executive Director, Lisa Lambert

Signing copies of A Lethal Inheritance, at PPAL meeting.

Signing copies of A Lethal Inheritance, at PPAL meeting.