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2016 Annual Conference Speaker Presentations

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Did you miss our 2016 Annual Conference: Media, Messaging and Mental Health? Check out some of the great presentations below!

Pre-Conference Activities: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Integration of Peer Support into Routine Health Care Delivery

Mental Health America’s Nationally Accredited Peer Support Certification

Reducing Negative Attitudes Directed Towards Peer Staff and Leveraging Peers’ Lived Experience: Guidance for Providers

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (Day 1)

2016 Annual Conference Opening Session and Luncheon

Paul Gionfriddo, CEO

Breakout Sessions

Non-Fiction and Reporting

Surviving Trauma and the Impact on Mental Health

Jimmie Briggs, Dr. Tama Lane

The World of Digital

Managing Mental Health: Let's Blog About It

Kimberly Zapata, Natasha Tracy, Douglas Cootey

Thursday, June 9, 2016 (Day 2)

Breakout Sessions

The Power of Storytelling

Using Art to Challenge Stigma: The Stories of Kristin and Elisif

Peter Bruun, Sharon Strouse 

The Power of Storytelling

Mental Health and its Impact Across Cultural Groups: A Closer Look

Tommy Ghost Dog, Paulina Fuentes Moad, Sitawa Wafula

Non-Fiction and Reporting

Language Matters: Rethinking our Words About the Experience Called Mental Illness

Donna Hardaker

The Power of Storytelling

Activism Through Storytelling

Paul Falcone, Rachel Griffin, Marissa Betley

The Power of Stoytelling

Mental Illness: A Laughing Matter!

John Shuchart

Friday, June 10, 2016 (Day 3)

Plenary Session

Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention

Joshua Horwitz

Breakout Sessions

The Power of Storytelling

Mental Health and Comic Books: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D.

Non-Fiction and Reporting

Pitching and Placing Your Mental Health Message to Media

Jeanette Porter, Laura Marshall, Kristin Battista-Frazee

Non-Fiction and Reporting

Responsible Reporting and Portrayals: Best Practices within Diversity and Beyond

Lucy Wilmer, Sam Nickels, Jose Campos



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