Marti MacGibbon delivered a high energy, inspirational and humorous keynote speech to mental health professionals, administrators, VPs and CEOs at the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers’ 2015 Conference. The Indiana Council is a professional trade organization that serves the interests of 25 community-based mental health centers around the state that provide services such as adult, child and adolescent behavioral programs, and addiction treatment services. The Indiana Council engages in public policy advocacy, education and community relations to preserve its members’ best interests.
Mental and behavioral health services are essential to maintaining quality of life, safety, and overall well-being of society as a whole. The importance of the work accomplished by mental and behavioral health providers cannot be overstated. Marti MacGibbon is passionate about mental health, and she is committed to breaking away the stigma surrounding mental illness, addiction, and behavioral disorders. She recognizes that fear and shame can keep individuals and families silent and hold them back from accessing services and getting help. She understands the stressors and high demand that mental health providers face each day as they help individuals and families to cope, heal, and create long term solutions to mental health issues.
In her keynote speech, Marti pulled from her own personal story, sharing insights into her experience of, and recovery from adolescent sexual abuse/assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, severe PTSD, hard-core drug addiction. A professional standup comic and nationally award-winning author, Marti MacGibbon has a knack for bringing a message of hope, healing and resiliency in a style that is funny, entertaining and motivational. After the keynote, Ms. MacGibbon conducted a workshop entitled, Game Changers, a presentation based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that provides simple, fun, and portable tools for preventing burnout, reducing stress, and maximizing happiness and self assurance. She also signed copies of her award-winning memoir, Never Give in to Fear: Laughing All the Way Up from Rock Bottom.
Many thanks to Indiana Council CEO Matt Brooks for his leadership, warmth, and professionalism.