A Lane County coalition of mental health consumers, survivors, family members, providers and others working to better understand mental health issues while supporting the voice, empowerment and self-determination of users of mental health services.

Mental Health Crisis Services in Lane County

What’s to appreciate about mental health services in Lane County? What needs to be changed, and why?

At the next Opal meeting (free and open to the public) you can hear ideas about that topic from a panel of workers on the front lines of our crisis system! There will be lots of time to ask questions, and to bring up your ideas about possible improvements.

Panelists Include: • Janet Perez, PeaceHealth Emergency Dept.;  • Michelle McCallahan, Cahoots • Hourglass Community Crisis Center

 Co-Facilitators: Chuck Areford and Deirdre Rose

We hope you join us for this important discussion – and bring a friend!

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Where: Trauma Healing Project,
1100 Charnelton St., Eugene, OR

You can download a copy of the flyer for this event at this link. Please do help spread the word!

Mental Health Peer Support: Practical and Radical Implications for System Change – Meeting on 1/29/19

What is it like to be someone who has lived experience with a mental/emotional disorder, who is now working in the mental health system as a peer support worker?

In this meeting, a panel of local peer support specialists will share their ideas about the role peer support can have in transforming the mental health system to promote recovery in a more sustainable and client-directed way.

Panelists Will Include:

  • Tracey Dumas
  • Christina Peirsol
  • Megan Swan

Come join us for this free presentation, followed by question and answer, and discussion!

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Where: Trauma Healing Project,
1100 Charnelton St., Eugene, OR

You can download a copy of the flyer at this link.

“Crazy” – Free Film and Discussion on 1/30/18

Seven years ago, Eric was diagnosed “schizophrenic.” Eric faced a critical choice ─ whether to comply with traditional mental health treatment or follow his own path to wellness. Eric’s doctors medicated him against his will. After years of psych meds, Eric wants to refuse drugs he believes may harm him. What happens next will move you.

“A courageous documentary… fair, balanced, and committed to the truth.”  -Bruce Levine, Huffington Post, AlterNet, MadinAmerica

This is a FREE event. Discussion will follow the film, including with psychiatric survivor David Oaks, who is interviewed in the movie. Please come and join us, and share your views! Arrive early, space is limited.

Where: LILA Peer Support Club,  990 Oak St., Eugene

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018         Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

With extraordinary access, the new film CRAZY explores both sides of the story. Eric, his father and his attorney argue passionately for Eric’s right to make his own medical decisions. The County’s evaluating psychologist and social worker show us how and why they feel forced treatment is necessary. An observant camera enables us to witness the unpredictable trajectory of Eric’s journey: His decision to refuse meds. His appeal in court. Being locked on a psych floor after being picked up by police. Hiding out. Being taken away to a state mental hospital. Deteriorating during a family therapy session. And, spoiler alert, finally the solution that eventually enables Eric to graduate from college. Eric claims the recovery and a measure of the autonomy he so desperately craves.

Healing Voices – Free Film & Discussion on 9/25/17

Are there better ways to talk about mental and emotional distress?
HealingVoices is a new feature-length documentary which can really help us do that, as it explores the experiences commonly labeled as “psychosis” or “mental illness” through the real-life stories of individuals working to overcome extreme mental states, and to integrate these experiences into their lives in meaningful ways.The film follows three subjects – Oryx, Jen, and Dan – over a period of nearly five years and features interviews with many notable personalities, including:  Rober Whitaker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Will Hall, Dr. Marius Romme, and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the “medical model” of mental health treatment.

By way of the harrowing and inspiring stories of individuals learning to negotiate and grow through their madness, HealingVoices challenges us to rethink our cultural understanding of “mental illness” by bringing a message of recovery, and charting the course for effective alternative treatments that enable people to live productive and meaningful lives.

Discussion will follow the film.  Please come and join us, and share your views!  This is a FREE event, cosponsored by the Opal Network and by the Eugene chapter of ISPS-US.

Where: Bascom-Tykeson Room, Eugene Public Library
Date: Monday 09/25/17
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pmPlease mark this event on your calendar!  To help publicize the event, you can download a flyer at this link.  Or if you want to post about it on social media, you can use this image.

Ron Unger

CRAZYWiSE – Join us to watch this ground breaking film on 7/6/17!

The Opal Network, and ISPS-US Presents:

CRAZYWISE

A feature-length documentary film

What if a psychological crisis was seen as having the potential to be a positive transformative experience, instead of a “broken brain”?

Human-rights photographer Phil Borges witnessed how indigenous cultures around the world often identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential.

Back in the US, Phil follows two young Americans diagnosed with “mental ill-ness.” Adam, 27, suffers devastating side effects from medications before embracing meditation. Ekhaya, 32, survives several suicide attempts before spiritual training to become a traditional South African healer.

CRAZYWISE introduces mental health professionals and psychiatric survivors who see a psychological crisis as a potential growth experience, not a disease.

Discussion will follow the film.  Please come and join us, and share your views!  This is a FREE event.

Where: Bascom-Tykeson Room, Eugene Public Library

Date: Thursday 07/6/17

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

 

 

An Introduction To The Hearing Voices Movement

Featuring local experts, video clips by international leaders in the Hearing Voices movement, and your questions and comments!

Did you know that:

  • Lots of people hear voices who don’t have a mental disorder
  • When people do have problems with voices, it’s often because they haven’t learned how to handle them
  • Voices commonly emerge in response to life problems, and if listened to, offer clues about those problems and how to resolve them
  • All over the world, people are forming groups to discuss voices and other less usual experiences, and are sharing new ideas about how to handle them
  • A new, free Hearing Voices support group is starting in Eugene, it will meet 1st Thursday of the month, more at http://www.differentminds.us/eshv/

Please come and join us, and share your views!  Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Where: Tykeson Room, Eugene Public Library

Date: Tuesday 05/31/16

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Download a poster for this event here.

The Murphy Bill – Likely to Hurt People Instead of Protect Them?

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646), aka Murphy Bill, is a “mental health reform” currently being considered by Congress. Learn why many with “lived experience” of mental health crisis are disturbed by this bill and its potential to reduce human rights: there will be a presentation by Chrissy Peirsol and Drake Ewbank of the Lane County Consumer Survivor Council, followed by questions and discussion.

Please come and join us, and share your views! Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Note the revised location:  LILA Peer Club, 990 Oak St., Eugene

Date: Tuesday 03/29/16

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

“Bipolarized” – Join Us as We Watch and Discuss This Award Winning Film!

Increasing numbers of people are being told they are “bipolar” and that their only route to health is to always take drugs to control the symptoms. But is that always necessary? In this film (which won “best feature” at the Mad in America International Film Festival) we witness the story of one man, Ross, who found the psychiatric route put him into a “foggy, drug-induced haze” and who sought a different approach to healing.

Bipolarized weaves together a series of interviews with activists, psychiatrists and other psychiatric survivors who have challenged the status quo as well as recounts some of the alternative therapies Ross uses to maintain his mental, emotional and physical health. You can find more about Bipolarized at bipolarizedthemovie.com

Following the film, we will discuss the issues it raises and the implications for mental health treatment in our community.

Please come and join us, and share your views! Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Where: Where: Eugene Public Library – Tykeson Room

Date: Tuesday 1/12/16

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Open House: Agency Representatives Answer Questions about the Type and Quality of Services They Offer

What are the differences in what various agencies have to offer in terms of mental health services? How do various agencies integrate options such as peer support (if they do provide that), and how does each attempt to be “trauma informed?” What does it take to get started with particular agencies – who is eligible, what is the process, is there a waitlist?

A number of agency representatives will be asked to respond to some questions proposed by the Opal Planning Group, then there will be time for you to speak out about your questions and concerns!

Please come and join us! Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Where: Where: Eugene Public Library – Tykeson Room

Date: Wednesday 9/30/15

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Opal Network Presents: How Can People Find the Mental Health Services They Prefer in Lane County?

Join us as we explore the following questions:

  •  What kind of services do people want, but have difficulty finding when they need them?
  • Are there important services that do exist, but which are not well publicized?  How can people find out about the full range of what is available?
  • Which of these services are covered by the Oregon Health Plan under Trillium, and who qualifies for them, and how?
  • What services or alternatives should exist but don’t?
  • How should access to existing services and coverage for them be improved?

This summer meeting of the Opal Network will explore these issues.  A Trillium representative will be present to explain what options are currently available through the Oregon Health Plan, and to answer questions about that.  Some providers of “alternatives” may be present to describe their approaches. We will then broaden the discussion to explore all of the above questions, and there will be time for you to express your views and concerns!

Please come and join us!  Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Where: Where: Eugene Public Library – Tykeson Room

Date: Thursday 7/2/15

 Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Opal Network is a Lane County coalition of mental health consumers, survivors, family members, providers and others working to better understand mental health issues while supporting the voice, empowerment and self-determination of users of mental health services.

Mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors are especially invited to speak out!

Sign language with 72 hours notice. Wheelchair accessible.

You can also download a copy of the flyer for this event here.