Monthly Archives: May 2014

Faces of Mental Health Recovery Public Art Project

People can and do recover from mental illness. The evidence is the men and women who live successfully in their communities, with supports and services that enable them to lead healthy and fulfilled lives. To put a spotlight on mental health recovery, I’m the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign (ITE/MH), a grassroots initiative of the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHAPA), has developed the Faces of Mental Health Recovery Public Art Project, a photography project that celebrates individuals in recovery and their supporters.  To read the full press release that explains the project and to find out when and where to go to attend this event click here.

Hopeworx Member of the Month for April

April’s Hopeworx member of the month is Vernette Walker.

Nette as she likes to be called, Vernette Walker joined CST in August or September of 2013. She has been an integral part of the team. Nette states that she enjoys getting others opinion about their services. She states the job helps me to understand mental health issues better. Nette has also been involved in making decisions at HopeWorx staff meetings by sharing her experiences. Some of the skills that she has, allows her to be of service in other areas of need at HopeWorx.  Currently, CST is working on Phone Surveys, finishing up the career services surveys.

Nettes original source of employment entailed childcare. She worked for Malvern Preschool and Childcare. Sometimes she misses working with the children. CST and HopeWorx’s is her step out of the house, and back into the workforce. Who knows, maybe we will have a daycare in our operations at HopeWorx. Thanks to Nette, we already have its’ director. Oh, by the way, Nette is a twin! She is the one on the right!


2ND Annual CSP Conference at Mermaid Lake

On May 30th, 2004, The Montgomery County CSP will be hosting their second annual conference at Mermaid Lake Swim Club in Blue Bell PA.  The conference will feature community and team building activities, voter advocacy and an American Idol-style Star Search Contest.  The conference will go from 10am-3pm and will also feature a lunch buffet and a keynote speaker.

The conference still needs volunteers, sponsors, donations and ideas to promote community building, advocacy and wellness.  To provide any of these please contact Sue Shannon at 610-270-3685 or email her at

If you would like to register please print out, fill out and mail this form to the address on it.  You can also RSVP by emailing the form to

If you would like to look at the flyer for the conference, click here.

Mental Illnesses and Disorders: Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.


Bipolar disorder tends to run in families. Some research has suggested that people with certain genes are more likely to develop bipolar disorder than others. Children with a parent or sibling who has bipolar disorder are much more likely to develop the illness, compared with children who do not have a family history of bipolar disorder. However, most children with a family history of bipolar disorder will not develop the illness.