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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Mark Freedman, RSN Administrator, 360-786-5831

Free Mental Health Forum to be Held

​OLYMPIA -- The annual Thurston-Mason Regional Support Network community mental health forum will be held next month in Olympia .  This is the fourth year for the free forum and the theme is "Live Your Best Life".  The focus is on planning for future medical and mental health needs, especially during crisis.

The forum will be beneficial for many community members including consumers of mental health services, family members of consumers, caregivers and providers of community-based mental health services in Thurston and Mason Counties . 

Those attending can create their own "Health Care Passport" with information that might be needed during a mental health or medical crisis.  Attendees will be able to-

Create & Register Living Will documents*, which include:

  • Health Care Directive
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
  • Mental Health Advance Directive

(*If you would like to have your documents notarized free of charge on-site, please bring photo identification.)

The forum is sponsored by the Thurston Mason Regional Support Network Advisory Board in collaboration with Capital Clubhouse, Behavioral Health Resources, Providence St. Peter Hospital, SeaMar, Thurston County Mental Health Court , and the Thurston-Mason National Association for the Mentally Ill.

For further information or to request special accommodations, please contact Lois Kim at (360) 786-5832.  (Accommodations must be requested by October 14th) Pre-registration is NOT required.

WHAT:     Free Mental Health Forum
DATE:      Friday, October 23, 2009
TIME:       1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 12:45 p.m.)
PLACE:     Thurston County Public Health & Social Services
412 Lilly Road NE, Olympia WA 98506 , Conference Room 107

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3