The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery is pleased to announce the 36th annual Alternatives conference, to be held virtually on Wednesday, November 2, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, November 3, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, November 4, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (All times are EDT; follow this link for a Time Zone Converter: www.thetimezoneconverter.com.) The conference will be FREE—although donations are welcome! We look forward to connecting nationally and internationally with old friends and colleagues, and to making new connections. We invite you to join us from wherever you are!
Alternatives 2022 will be a “working conference,” where we will return to our roots of advocacy and social justice. In addition to hearing individual speakers and panels, conference participants can join work groups to develop action steps in key areas. Our voice at the federal level has been muffled, and it is time to make our government and the general public aware that the mental health system continues to create more harm than help. It has emphasized coercion and confinement instead of healing and recovery. Together, we must plan to take action so that we who have lived experience of psychiatric labels—from the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disability worlds, and from broader society—can have a voice in the decisions affecting our lives.
We will hear from those already involved in successful peer programs. We’ll also roll up our sleeves in areas we’re passionate about. We’ll find ways of working together to expand our influence and make a difference in our own communities. And we won’t forget to enjoy some entertaining activities and to connect with one another as well.
We recognize that many people would like to get back together in person, and we hope that will happen sometime in the future; but we look forward to a virtual conference this year so that everyone from anywhere can attend! We are also excited about being able to offer the virtual Alternatives 2022 FREE—thanks to our sponsors and the reduced costs of a virtual conference. (Again, donations are welcome!)