Meet Toby Harris a three-year old from Commerce Township who loves to watch movies with his family and act out what he sees.
Toby is on the autism spectrum; however, after being referred to Easter Seals Michigan, he has been in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy for six months and is excelling.
“After his therapy, you wouldn’t even know he has autism,” said his mother, Lauren Harris.
Autism is just one of the mental and developmental issues represented at the 2016 Mental Health Fair, presented by Beaumont Health and Easter Seals Michigan, on Wednesday, May 18 in the Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak South Tower Lobby, 3601 W 13 Mile Road.
The event is designed to raise awareness of the mental health issues of everyday life. New this year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will present former NFL Detroit Lions Quarterback, Eric Hipple, who will share his personal testimonial about depression, alcohol use and suicide loss.
Guests will connect with a variety of leading organizations in the mental health field and find information about autism, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, skill building for developmentally disabled, childhood trauma, substance use, suicide prevention and domestic violence.
Easter Seals Michigan CEO Brent Wirth said, “The mission of our collaboration with Beaumont Health is to break the stigma that prevents people from seeking help when they need it.”
The event is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. May 18. If you would like to hear Hipple speak, you must RSVP with Julie Marion at 248-551-9448 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at noon. Hipple will do a meet and greet in the South Tower Lobby for the general public from noon to 2 p.m.