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Mental Illness:
IS There A Path To Wellness?
A free communty forum

Wednesday, October 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.
This event is closed.

Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library

Guest panelists shared their stories and insight on strategies to access mental health services, coordinate care and messages of hope.

Meet our panelists:

Donna Betts Donna-Betts-1.jpg Donna is the founder of Family Hope. Family Hope was created from the frustration experienced by many families and friends as they struggled to find help for someone they care about who lives with mental illness. Founder Donna Betts started this effort as a passionate response to her own family’s struggles; she quickly discovered she was not alone in facing the hurdles and barriers of working with disconnected mental health resources in Maine.
Donna Downing headshot_downing.jpg

Donna is employed by Maine Medical Center as a research coordinator for a small, multi-site study that identifies youth at-risk of developing a serious mental illness, and assessing their attitudes about the internal changes they are experiencing. Donna is instrumental in helping patients find the resources they might need to deal with their symptoms and functioning.

Keenan Martin  keenan.jpg  Keenan has been an employee of Spring Harbor Hospital since January 2006 working as a Recovery/Wellness Facilitator. She works part-time on both Adult Units, offering groups on Recovery from Mental Illness. Keenan has written all of her materials based on personal experience of living with mental illness. In 1971 she was diagnosed with a major mental illness and PTSD, from childhood and adult trauma. During the 70's and 80's she was hospitalized more than two dozen times. Keenan has counted herself among homeless three times during life. She lives her life with deep gratefulness for all that is, and has been. 
Dr. Robert McCarley McCarley-Robert160px.jpg Dr. McCarley is currently the Medical Director at Spring Harbor Hospital. He has recently been assisting the ongoing development and implementation of the delivery of psychiatric services through the continuum of care within Maine Behavioral Healthcare. Previously, he spent ten years at the outpatient Psychiatry of MMC at McGeachey Hall where he worked at the Partial Hospital Program as Medical Director, the Psychiatry Residency Training Program as outpatient coordinator,  suboxone treatment groups for patients with opiate dependency, as well as with outpatients for general psychiatry. Dr. McCarley has a special interest in community psychiatry, psychotic and mood disorders, substance abuse, and with the homeless population. 
Marianne Tarraza Tarraza-Marianne160px.jpg

Marianne is currently serving as the Administrative Director, Psychiatric Services at the newly merged organization Maine Behavior Healthcare. She is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric diagnostic evaluation, psychopharmacology, consultation and treatment. Prior to her role with Maine Behavioral Healthcare she served as the Manager of Integrated Behavioral Healthcare in Scarborough.  

Panel discussions to be followed by a Q & A.

Moderated by: Greg Kesich, Portland Press Herald


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