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Mental Health America’s Annual Conference 2021 - Agenda

CONFERENCE AGENDA

MHA’s 2021 Annual Conference: From Resiliency to Recovery will be held June 10-12, 2021 in Washington, DC with Affiliate Pre-Conference Day on June 9. 

MHA’s 2021 Annual Conference is planned to be a hybrid event, consisting of a small in-person gathering and a digital conference experience for attendees participating online. Registration information will be available in the coming weeks. 

*Agenda is subject to change. 

 
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Time Title Sessions
[VIRTUAL EXCLUSIVE] International Panel
  • Addressing Global Mental Health During a Pandemic
    (Liron David, Adv., Policy and International Relations Chief Officer at Enosh; Charlene Sunkel, Founder and CEO of Global Mental Health Peer Network; Victor Ugo, Founder of Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative; Dawnique Ogle, Global Youth Engagement Manager of citiesRISE)
[IN-PERSON ONLY] Welcome Luncheon
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Awards Ceremony
  • The Clifford W. Beers Award
  • The Betty Humphrey Equity Champion Award
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Dinner & Entertainment
  • Virtual Performance by the Me2/ Orchestra
    (Sponsored by Neurocrine Biosciences)
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Breakout Sessions

VIRTUAL EXCLUSIVE SESSION

  • Employee Mental Health: Measuring and Improving the Lingering Crisis Post-Pandemic 
    (Louis Gagnon, CEO of Total Brain)

IN-PERSON SESSIONS (Livestreamed)

  • Mental-Hop: Engagement, Education, and Empowerment through Mental Health and Hip-Hop Culture
    (Dr. Randy Sconiers, Founder of Mental-Hop)
  • The Body Reveals
    (Aimee Falchuk, Founder of The Falchuk Group and MHA Board Member)
  • Workplace Mental Health: Recovering from COVID-19
    (Taylor Adams, Director of Workplace Mental Health at Mental Health America)
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Breakout Sessions

IN-PERSON SESSIONS (Livestreamed)

  • Communities Hold the Answers: Deep Engagement for Successful Community-Based Mental Health
    (Maria Sperduto, Scaling Project Specialist at Elevate Policy Lab; Isabel Torres, Program Administrator at Elevate Policy Lab)
  • A Resilience Lens on Intergenerational Trauma
    (Sherwood Randolph, Behavioral Healthcare Manager at Capital Area Health Network)
  • Lessons in Resilience from the Sports Field
    (Janine Francolini, Founder of the Flawless Foundation; Tre Gabriel, Flawless Fellow at the Flawless Foundation)
[IN-PERSON ONLY] Registration/Check-in
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Welcome Session with MHA President and CEO Paul Gionfriddo
Friday, June 11, 2021
Time Title Sessions
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Breakout Sessions

VIRTUAL EXCLUSIVE SESSION

  • Building Preparedness for Emergency in Organizations: Enosh Emergency and Resiliency Program
    (Liron David, Director Of International Relations & Development Of Enosh)

IN-PERSON SESSIONS (Livestreamed)

  • Rescuing the Rescuers: Peer Support in the Fire Service
    (Brandon Dreiman, Firefighter Wellness & Support Coordinator, Indianapolis Fire Department)
  • Climate Change, Mental Health, and Environmental Justice
    (Helga Luest, Director of Information and Communications at the Manhattan Strategy Group)
  • Critical Race Theory and the Mental Health of Marginalized People
    (Angel Jones, Adjunct Professor at George Washington University)
[IN-PERSON ONLY] Registration/Check-in
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Media Awards Luncheon
[IN-PERSON ONLY AND LIVESTREAM] New CEO Meet and Greet

Join us LIVE for the announcement of MHA's next President and CEO

[IN-PERSON ONLY] Breakfast
[VIRTUAL EXCLUSIVE] Virtual Happy Hour
  • ROOM 1 TOPIC: Foodies in Flavortown
  • ROOM 2 TOPIC: Netflix Party
  • ROOM 3 TOPIC: Sharing Gratitude
  • ROOM 4 TOPIC: Introverts Unite: A Support Group for Social Awkwardness
  • ROOM 5 TOPIC: Never Have I Ever
  • ROOM 6 TOPIC: For Pet Lovers
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Interactive Breakout Sessions

VIRTUAL EXCLUSIVE SESSION

  • 'Shaking and Dancing'
    (Arthy Suresh, MHA's Young Mental Health Leaders Council and Mind-Body Ambassador)

IN-PERSON SESSIONS (Livestreamed)

  • You’re Acting Funny
    (Francesco Paladino, Cognitive Life Coach at ASD Life Coaches)
  • Acceptance and Compassion Meditation
    (Faye Barry, Meditation Teacher and Founder of Your Mindful Breath)
  • The Power of Reflection and Gratitude in Managing Emotions - A Guided Journaling
    (Whitney Ball, Associate Director of Marketing and Outreach at Mental Health America)
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Keynote
  • Transforming Youth Mental Health Policy In Schools, Communities and Across the Globe
    (Amy Kennedy, Education Director of the Kennedy Forum and MHA Board Member; Mary Giliberti, Executive Vice President of Policy at Mental Health America; and Dawnique Ogle, Global Youth Engagement Manager of citiesRISE)
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Breakout Sessions

IN-PERSON SESSIONS (Livestreamed)

  • The Present and Future of the Peer Support Workforce
    (Kelly Davis, Associate Vice President of Peer and Youth Advocacy at Mental Health America)
  • Giving Power to Caregivers
    (John Schall, CEO of Caregiver Action Network; Chance Browning, Senior Director of Programs at Caregiver Action Network; Nichole Goble, Program Coordinator at Caregiver Action Network)
  • Hope on the Horizon through Executive Function Remediation
    (Dr. Jacquelyn Gamino, Director, the University of Texas at Dallas)
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Plenary
  • A Conversation with Michelle Williams, Grammy Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter and Author
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Awards Ceremony
  • George Goodman And Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award
  • Innovation In Programming Award
  • Joseph de Raismes III Policy Award
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Time Title Sessions
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Youth Plenary and mPower Award
  • Youth Leaders Transforming Mental Health
    (Ananya Cleetus, Anemone App and MHA College Leader; Cameron Virgil, Young Invincibles and MHA Young Leader; Cyn Gómez, MHA Young Leader; Satvik Sethi, Runaway App and MHA College Leader)
[IN-PERSON ONLY] Closing Luncheon
[IN-PERSON ONLY] Registration/Check-in
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Breakout Sessions

IN-PERSON SESSIONS (Livestreamed)

  • Emotional Recovery Through Cosplay, Video Games, and Geek Entertainment
    (Kat Mahoney, Owner of the Geek Grid; Nova Mahoney, Mindful Gaming Teen Committee Advisor at the Geek Grid; Andrew Rielinger, Mindful Gaming Committee Advisor at the Geek Grid; Jared Lugo, Mindful Gaming Committee Advisor at the Geek Grid)
  • Overcoming Race-based Traumas Through Mindfulness
    (Quentin Vennie, Author of Strong In The Broken Places)
  • State of the State of Maternal Mental Health
    (Joy Burkhard, Founder and Director of 2020Mom)
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Closing Session
  • A Conversation with Monica Lewinsky, Activist and Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair
[IN-PERSON ONLY] Breakfast
[IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAM] Closing Remarks