MEREDITH — The Board of Directors of Genesis Behavioral Health will hold their annual meeting and fundraising dinner celebrating 50 years of service to the Lakes Region on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m., at Mill Falls at the Lake, Church Landing in Meredith. Dr. Dror Ben-Zeev, associate professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth College, will provide the keynote address. Dr. Ben-Zeev is also the current director of Dartmouth's Mental Health Program at the Department of Biomedical Data Science, a multidisciplinary effort to apply mobile technology to help support the recovery and improve the outcomes for people with mental illness.
"Mental illness knows no barriers, follows no rules, and impacts families and the community," said Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of Genesis Behavioral Health, "The reality of the illness is hard to imagine for those who have not lived it. Working within a treatment system that has inherent challenges, including but not limited to access, workforce, transportation, litigation, and the rural nature of our communities, has us looking to technological advances to assist us in providing the highest quality of care. We are delighted to have Dr. Ben-Zeev speak at our annual meeting to introduce us to the future of mobile healthcare."
As is tradition, Genesis Behavioral Health will present the 2016 Helen Holbrook Leadership and Service Award and the Dr. George "Pete" Harris Community Service Award at the annual meeting. The Holbrook Award is given to an individual who leads by example and gives of themselves to strengthen the cause of mental health in the Lakes Region, while the Harris Award is presented to an individual who promotes increased awareness, sensitivity, understanding and acceptance of mental health issues in the Lakes Region through educating the public.
Genesis Behavioral Health will also showcase its 6th annual fundraising and awareness auction at the event. "Our goal is to raise at least $15,000 to support mental health programs and services for nearly 4,000 Lakes Region residents," said Tina Hayes, co-chair of the Auction Committee, "Auction items will be on display at the annual meeting and mobile bidding will be available for on-site bids. We are grateful for the support and generosity of our many donors and bidders. This event is not possible without our sponsors, including our Champion Sponsor, Bank of New Hampshire whose support is provided by the Bank of New Hampshire Charitable Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Proforma Piper Printing, 98.3 LNH, WEMJ, 104.9 The Hawk, Genoa a QoL Healthcare Company, Well Sense Health Plan, Northway Bank, and The Standard."
The auction runs online 24/7 and ends on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. To view the items, place a bid, make a cash donation, sign up for email updates, or refer a friend, visit www.biddingforgood.com/genesisbh.
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