This week, peers and staff from Perry Wellness Center made their annual pilgrimage to the Georgia coast, in order to attend the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network Conference. A total of 15 peers and 6 staff members boarded two vans for the trip to St. Simons Island and the 26th annual conference. During each conference, peers throughout Georgia network over three days of learning and sharing. PWC staff and peers have long been enthusiastic attendees. At the 2011 conference, Perry Wellness Center was honored as the top mental health provider in Georgia.
Staff members Phyllis Smith and Chloe Millsaps wanted to share information on some of their wellness planning at PWC. They submitted a proposal for one of the official sharing sessions. Their proposal, “How to Eat Real Food to Regain Physical and Mental Health,” was quickly accepted by conference planners. In the days that followed, the two staffers outlined their presentation, to include demonstrated activities at the center as well as plans for the future. Handouts were prepared for two sessions at the conference.
A growing sense of excitement filled both peers and staff as they anticipated this year’s conference. “This is a fun and educational event for peers and staff,” Miss Phyllis offered. “We will collect program ideas for future use at Perry Wellness Center as well as share some of our proven mental and physical exercise group activities.”
As the moment of departure drew near, last-minute reminders about proper medications, lunches for the trip, water, and other peer necessities were made. Prayers were offered for travel safety. Finally, the two vehicles exited the parking lot, heading toward an adventure of discovery and sharing.