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Enhancing the Awareness of Mental Illness

This program will address the many issues that nurses encounter in the clinical setting in their work with diverse patient populations. This learning activity will focus on the needs of patients with mental illness who seek care for a variety of health needs in our acute and ambulatory settings. The presenters will provide an overview of various mental health disorders and will specifically address:

  • risk factors and warning signs for mental health concerns;
  • use of language that reduces discrimination and stigma; and
  • basic definitions and descriptions of symptoms often associated with mental illness, such as delusions, hallucinations, and cognitive impairment.

Participants will learn how to use listening skills as a form of gathering information and providing support and will be taught to recognize when observations related to patients’ mental health should be shared with the health care team.

Activity Details
Start Date: February 23, 2019
End Date: February 23, 2019
Time: 8:15 am - 4:45 pm
Location: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester
Conference Room B and FOUNDERS Conference Room
100 Hitchcock Way, Manchester, NH
Download: Event Flyer

Registration for this event is full. For conference questions, or if you would like to be added to the wait list, please e-mail Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

Registration is online and by credit card only. 

The registration fees are as follows:

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Member Organization Employees: No Charge (advance registration required for planning purposes)
  • NEAH Hospital Employees: $15
  • Others: $25

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after the registration deadline has been reached. A $10 administrative fee will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Speakers & Topics

Bernie Seifert, MSW, LICSW and Susan Allen-Samuel, MS

8:15 am - 8:35 am Registration and Continental Breakfast (provided)
8:35 am - 8:45 am Welcome and Introduction
8:45 am - 9:45 am “See the Person, Not the Illness”
9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 11:00 am General Overview of Mental Health Conditions
11:00 am - 12:00 pm “In Our Own Voice” Presentation
(An individual shares their lived experience with Mental illness.)
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Interactive Exercise – “Disability Weights”
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm Suicide Prevention Discussion; Including Interactive Exercise –“The S Words: Stigma, Stereotype & Suicide”
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Life Interrupted Presentation
(A family member of an individual with mental illness tells their story.)
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Interactive Exercises: “Stigmatizing Language” and “What Would You Do?”
Working on Interactive and Listening Skills
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm Discussion and Q&A
Evaluate: “How will you apply what you have learned?”
4:45 pm Adjournment
Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to apply lessons learned to enhance personal interaction with individuals with mental illness in a safe, effective and non-stigmatizing manner.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 7 contact hours.

Receiving Contact Hours

The follow steps must be completed in order to receive contact hours for this event:

  • Register for the event online
  • Attend the event or session(s). A contact hours tracking sheet will be provided.
  • Complete the online evaluation - Must be submitted within 30 days after the activity

    Accessing the Online Evaluation (The evaluation is available the day after the event)

  • Log onto https://ce.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/login.aspx
  • Click on the My Activities link in the left side menu. Then click on the name of the activity you attended.
  • Click on the Resume button.
  • Click the Continue button until the Evaluation tab is active, and then click the Launch button.
  • Fill out the evaluation and then click submit. Contact hours will then be applied to your transcript. You can view your updated transcript by clicking on the "View Transcript" button.

View the Completing an Evaluation and Claiming Credit tutorial.

For questions or technical support, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Additional Information

For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org.

For accessibility needs, dietary or any other requests, please email Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

If you do not wish to be included on the conference participant list, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org to inform us.

The CME and CNE Offices are not liable for expenses incurred by participants due to cancellation or changes in programs.

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