NMHA Conference, June 2001

Survivors Art Foundation

National Mental Health Association
Annual Conference, June 2001
Featuring Survivors Art Foundation Artworks

The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) Capitol Hill Reception took place on June 7, 2001 in the Dirksen Senate Building on Capitol Hill Washington, DC. This event is the crowning event for NMHA’s Advocacy Day during the annual National Mental Health Association Conference and will feature a special “Into the Light” Award presentation to Dr. Alvin Poussaint. The “Into the Light” Award honors individuals who have performed outstanding service in bringing the issues of mental health and mental illness to the fore in America. NMHA is proud to honor Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., for his remarkable work to eliminate disparities and injustices in mental health treatment for African Americans and all people of color. Throughout his career, he has opened new vistas of opportunity and responsibility for the broader mental health movement and has sought to realize more fully a healthier America. With this award, Dr. Poussaint will join an illustrious group of past recipients including Tipper Gore, Rosalynn Carter, Elizabeth Dole, Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., Steven E. Hyman, M.D., and Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.

The Survivors Art Foundation provided a magnificent Art Exhibition for this event. Candyce Brokaw, Executive Director of SAF delivered a keynote address as well.

NMHA’s conference attendees joined Members of Congress, representatives from the Bush Administration, mental health advocates, foundation leaders and other dignitaries for this annual tribute.

Left to right: Gary Tauscher, Chairman of the Board of the National Mental Health Association; and Michael M. Faenza, M.S.S.W., President and CEO of the National Mental Health Association

Left to right: Marietta Dantonio-Fryer, SAF Outreach Coordinator; Candyce Brokaw, Founder and Art Director of SAF; with Surgeon General David Satcher, MD., Ph.D

Above and below: Michael M. Faenza, MSSW , President and CEO of the NMHA, standing with three of the “Breaking the Walls of Bias” silk paintings (from a variety of SAF outreach projects); also reproductions of the two AIDS murals “Stand By Me and Be Free” and “Wings of Love” (click on names of murals to view more photos and more information about these SAF Outreach Programs).

The mural reproductions are printed on heavy-duty paper and created by Epson America, Inc.
Survivors Art Foundation is grateful for Espon’s donation and ongoing support of SAF and trauma and disability survivors throughout the world.

Candyce Brokaw, Founder and Art Director of SAF, giving a lecture and PowerPoint presentation as part of a panel discussion on “Mental Health and Trauma: Healing the Wounds.” Other speakers included Mary Ellen Copeland,author and educator; Rosemary Schwartbard, Ph.D; Dr. Deyse Hicks; Rebecca Wolfson; and Lori Beyer, MSW.

Above and below: Silk paintings from the “Breaking the Walls of Bias” SAF Outreach Programs.There are 19 panels in total.

Above and below: The SAF “Flight to Freedom” Kosovo Refugee silk paintings (click name to view photos and more information about this SAF Outreach Program).

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