Changing the Conversation Around Mental Illness

Caitlin Regan
“Changing the Conversation Around Mental Illness”

Worship Leader: Carole Hawkins
Accompanist: Dr. Gary Smart
Guest Musician: Philip Pan, Violin

Knowing how to talk about mental illness is half the battle when it comes to breaking the stigma that so often comes with it. We can put our UU principles to use when we learn vernacular that makes conversations around mental health productive and healthy. Hear one first person account of how mental illness affects all of us and what we can do to (literally) ease our minds.

About our Speaker:

As a mental health consumer, Caitlin Regan is a strong advocate for mental health awareness. She is a former board member of the Jacksonville chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has lobbied on behalf of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Tallahassee. In addition to being a mother to two amazing children and working full time at American Express, she is currently writing a memoir about her experience as a suicide survivor.

About our Guest Musician:

Philip Pan (violinist) was Concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for 33 years. He regularly solos with the JSO and has also made concerto appearances with the Albany Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, Gainesville Chamber, Boston Pops and Bach Aria Festival orchestras. He has performed in recital at Alice Tully Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Madison Chamber Music festival, the Homestake Opera House (Lead, SD) and in many other venues throughout the U.S. He and his wife, JSO flutist Rhonda Cassano, are founders of the Bach and Beyond! series, Synergy and Sound Effects at MOCA Jacksonville.

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