First-Ever Integrative Mental Health Conference To Be Held in Phoenix, March 22 – 24, 2010

<p>Focus will be on clinically-effective integrative approaches to mental health</p>

First-Ever Integrative Mental Health Conference To Be Held in Phoenix, March 22 – 24, 2010

December 01, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 1, 2009 – The World Health Organization has predicted that 20 years from now, more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem.

Many patients rely on prescription medicine for quick cures to mental conditions like anxiety, autism, depression and bipolarity; however, clinically-proven integrative approaches that combine conventional and alternative medicine can be less invasive, cost-effective and can increase patient well-being.

The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, founded by Andrew Weil, MD, in 1997 at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, received a gift of $240,000 from the Minnesota-based Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation to support the first-ever national conference on integrative mental health. The conference will be designed to stimulate the development of this emerging field and provide a forum for mental health care providers and philanthropists to gather and learn, shaping the way mental health practitioners deliver treatment to patients.

The Integrative Mental Health Conference will be held March 22 – 24, 2010, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, and will be of the most benefit to psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, as well as the informed public with a passion for the issue. For more information, visit www.azcim.org/IMHC 

The concept behind integrative medical education is a focus on health promotion and disease prevention, in addition to treatment. It supplements a traditional medical education bringing in additional evidence-based treatments like nutrition, mind-body practices, botanical medicine, nutritional supplements, exercise, breath work, laughter therapy and energy medicine techniques as treatments for common mental health problems.

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About the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine leads the transformation of health care by creating, educating and actively supporting a community that embodies the philosophy and practice of healing-oriented medicine, addressing mind, body and spirit. Integrative medicine is healing-oriented and makes use of conventional and alternative therapies as appropriate. Since its inception, the Center has focused its efforts on three areas: education, clinical care and research, with the primary emphasis on education. The Center was built on the premise that the best way to change a field is to educate the most gifted professionals and place them in settings where they can, in turn, teach others. To learn more about the Center, visit www.azcim.org 

About the Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation
The mission of Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is to keep alive the legacy established by Ted Mann, to be carried out through future generations by continuing the Mann family tradition of making a positive difference. The Foundation has a strategic focus on mental health and integrative mental health. For more information, visit www.mannfoundation.com