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On June 3-5, 2015 Mental Health America will hold its 2015 Annual Conference with the theme Intervention and Innovation Before Stage 4. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is serving as Chair of the 2015 Annual Conference Honorary Committee. The event will include several high level plenary sessions, keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and our 2nd Annual Innovation Nation that highlights pioneering programs on the local level. 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, Sanjay Gupta, Glenn Close, George Stephanopoulos, and entertainer Demi Lovato. We expect 500 people to attend.
In 2015, Mental Health America’s Annual Conference will:
- Highlight the impact the organization and others have had in improving mental health in America, and the challenges and opportunities in the years ahead;
- Examine innovations and programs that will play a vital role in shaping the future of mental health care;
- Discuss the critical need to address those initial signs of a mental illness—before Stage 4—so that we can intervene early and make a difference;
- Hear from leading public figures and citizens about their own personal struggle and triumph in the face of mental health problems; and
- Feature the premiere of the ITN Productions/ABC documentary, #B4Stage4.
The 2015 Mental Health America 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.
Our four tracks are ideal for a wide variety of audiences:
- The Nuts and Bolts of Advocacy (MHA Affiliate) track is designed for members of community mental health organizations, such as MHA or DBSA affiliates. Sessions will focus on real, practical tools for mission-driven organizations.
- The Consumers and Support Systems track is designed for individuals with mental health or substance use conditions and the people who love and support them. Hear personal stories and learn about interventions that can help you and your loved ones.
- The Children and Adolescents track focuses specifically on interventions and innovations for that population. A focus on our younger adults is critical to the #B4Stage4 philosophy.
- The Science and Policy is designed for advocates who want to get deep into the weeds on advances in those areas.
The resulting target audience includes members of community mental health organizations such as MHA affiliates, licensed mental health professionals, alcohol and drug counselors, peer support specialists, prevention specialists, case managers, advocates, health care consumers and their families, health care professionals, and other professionals engaged in social services, health care and public policy.
About the Before Stage 4 Philosophy
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated care and treatment for those who need it--with recovery as the goal.
Our #B4Stage4 campaign seeks to address mental health in its early stages. 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. So why don’t we do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness? Like other diseases, we need to address these symptoms early, identify the underlying disease, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health. Mental Health America is committed to addressing mental health #B4Stage4.