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Out of the Quiet Room and On to the Pulpit

Beth Mitchell, J.D., Advocacy Inc., Austin, TX.

We all know that nothing good comes from being alone in the quiet room. But on the pulpit our stories impact decision makers, our numbers give the issues a face, and our vote sends a clear message about our needs. Now that the President has finally acknowledged the legitimacy of our issues, we need to unite to do what the President didn't do, demand change. This keynote address will offer ideas to better advance the rights of persons deemed mentally ill through positive publicity, legislation, and advocacy.