Rosecrance hosts third annual Florian Symposium

audience watching speaker in event room

Rosecrance recently partnered with several North Carolina organizations to host the third annual Rosecrance Florian Symposium! More than 200 attendees joined the conversation regarding behavioral health and first responders at the event in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Symposium is a two-day training for first responders, military personnel, veterans, clinicians, employee assistance providers, and chaplains that provides education, insight and resources on topics of addiction, recovery, trauma and suicide, peer support and more. The theme of the symposium was, We all Need Help Sometimes: Support and Solutions for Emotional Wellness and Recovery.

In the past, the symposium has been hosted in Chicago, but Rosecrance felt it was important to take the event on the road this year and bring the message to even more people throughout the country. Attendees heard from nationally known speakers on topics like substance use disorders, mental health and well-being, trauma, peer support and more. Presenters shared their personal stories and struggles and brought with them education and insight on the topic of behavioral health.

Dan DeGryse, Director of the Florian Program hosted the event with Dena Ali, Captain of Raleigh NC Fire Department. Erica Gilmore, Rosecrance Florian Program Coordinator, and Chris Druce Jones, Rosecrance Chaplain, also presented at the event.

Courtney Stewart, of Rock County Sheriff’s Office, spoke about relationships, communication, peer support and reaching out for help in her presentation. She summed up the sentiment of the symposium in very simple words: “When one of us hurts, the rest of us hurt…If you’re not healthy, you can’t help anybody.”