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Mental Health America's Annual Conference
2016 CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS NOW OPEN!
MHA's 2016 Annual Conference: Media, Messaging and Mental Health will take an in-depth look at the impact and influence of media and the entertainment industry on the complex issues of mental health and mental illness. With a particular focus on film, television, the digital landscape and the press, we will explore the good and the bad of portrayals on the big and small screen; how celebrity can be used to influence the conversation; how messaging and language can sometimes contribute to and perpetuate the destructive stigma and discrimination of people living with mental illness; and how mental health advocates can work together to change the conversation.
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated health, behavioral health and other services for those who need them, and recovery as a goal. our work is guided by the Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process. When we think diseases like cancer or heart disease, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention, identify symptoms, and develop a plan of action to reverse and hopefully stop the progression of the disease.We need to address these symptoms early, identify the underlying disease, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health.
The Annual Conference is designed to provide educational opportunities for a diverse group of individuals and organizations working to advocate for and implement innovative interventions within the Before Stage 4 philosophy. Each year, Mental Health America’s Conference brings together advocates, educators, researchers, business and community leaders, Members of Congress and the Administration, and health professionals from across the country. Past speakers include Tipper Gore, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Rosalynn Carter, Glenn Close, Glennon Doyle Melton, George Stephanopoulos, and entertainer Demi Lovato.
INTERESTED IN SPONSORING OR EXHIBITING AT THE 2016 CONFERENCE? MHA WILL BE POSTING NEW DETAILS SOON, SO STAY TUNED!