Interspersed with the teaching sessions, were personal stories from members of Interim’s SEES and SOS (Success Over Stigma) Programs. Jay, a client and former volunteer at the OMNI Wellness Center, shared how Interim helped him out of his depression and gave him tools to help himself and to learn to communicate with his family and others. Jay and other speakers shared their personal journeys to wellness and recovery. These first-person stories served to emphasize the healing power of storytelling and provided inspiration to others who grapple with mental health and substance use issues.
Dr. Amie Miller, Director of Monterey County Behavioral Health observed, “The Wellness Conference showcases the innovative, recovery-oriented spirit of Interim where clients and providers come together to learn about best practices.” Kai Martinez from CSUMB commented “The Interim Conference was informative and fun. It was great to see so many community members coming together for the day.”
If your service organization or faith community is interested in hearing these powerful stories of recovery and hope, please contact our SOS (Success Over Stigma) Peer Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator, at (831) 800.7530 x408.
This event is held annually in October, and we would love to have you join us next year. Contact the OMNI Wellness Center at (831) 800.7530 x 431 to be added to the contact list for next year.