10th Annual Schizophrenia Education Day: A free educational program for patients, families, and friends
10th Annual Schizophrenia Education Day
A free educational program for patients, families, and friends
The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend the 10th Annual Schizophrenia Education Day.
The MGH Schizophrenia Program’s 10th Annual Schizophrenia Day will be a special event celebrating a decade of progress in the care of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. While there is no cure for schizophrenia, much has been learned in the past 10 years that has made it possible for patients and their families to better manage symptoms and improve the quality of their lives.
In this 10-year review, patients and families will learn about what progress has been made in our understanding of the neurobiology of schizophrenia. Eventually, greater understanding of the biological basis of schizophrenia will translate into better medications for this disorder. Clinical research and experience over the past 10 years have led to a better appreciation of important differences between the wide varieties of available antipsychotic drugs that can be tailored towards patients’ needs. Importantly, phase-specific treatment, including early intervention, has become an important conceptual advance in the treatment of schizophrenia.
Another focus of the program will be a review of psychological treatments such as cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) for psychosis and NAMI’s Family-to-Family program that have risen from small pilot programs to widely accepted evidence-based treatments and supportive intervention. The program will conclude with a promising outlook for the future and the challenges that lie ahead over the next decade that must be met to achieve a cure. These include the role of personalized treatment that utilizes a number of approaches including genetics, neuroimaging and integrated medical care.
About the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry
The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1934. In the course of seven decades, its scientists and clinicians have made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Today, the department includes more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists and has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, which includes research in neuroscience, genetics, and the assessment of new and established treatments for mental health disorders.
The Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program at the Massachusetts GeneralHospital seeks to improve the quality of life for people with this potentially disabling, chronic illness. The program’s mission is to provide safe, effective, state-of-the-art treatment; facilitate early detection of schizophrenia; and understand the neurobiological basis of schizophrenia. The Annual Schizophrenia Education Day is part of the program’s educational outreach to individuals affected by the disorder and their families and friends. Through these public education programs, we aim to instill hope, communicate that schizophrenia is a treatable.
First-episode and Early Psychosis Program (FEPP) is one of more than 50 specialty clinical and research programs in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts GeneralHospital. It offers highly specialized evaluation, treatment and education for people in the early stages of schizophrenia or who may be experiencing psychosis for the first time. Early intervention is the core of the program’s mission. Research shows that early diagnosis and treatment can help people recover from their illness more quickly. It can also lessen the problems typically associated with untreated psychosis, such as unemployment, substance abuse, hospitalization, disruption to relationships, law-breaking and suicidal behavior. This program offers state-of-the-art medical and psychological evaluation, medication treatment, education and family support, cognitive behavioral therapy, a form of talk therapy, and research-based care.
The MGH Psychiatry Academy (MGH-PA) was launched in 2005 to bring high quality continuing medical education to psychiatrists, primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals around the world through live programming and the Internet. Since 2008 the MGH-PA has had more than 20,000 healthcare providers participate in live symposia and on-line activities. In 2010, the MGH-PA assumed responsibility for patient education programs that were formerly provided by the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) ResourceCenter. The MGH-PA is now providing education for individuals, families, non-professional caregivers, and the community about mental health, translating the latest research advances into practical information to help people work with their doctors toward the most accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment results.
This free educational program is made possible by generous support from the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation.
How You Can Help
Charitable contributions are an increasingly important source of support for research, professional and public education, and clinical care at the MGH Department of Psychiatry. Our community education programs are made possible by the generosity of individual and foundation donors. We welcome and appreciate contributions of any size, and maintain donor confidentiality at all times. To make a gift to support the public education programs of the MGH Department of Psychiatry, please contact the MGH Development Office at 617-726-2200 or visit us online at http://give.massgeneral.org/psychiatry
For information on specific needs and giving opportunities, please call the Director of Development for Psychiatry at 617-724-8799.