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Each year, MHA's Annual Conference brings together affiliates, consumers, providers, family members and advocates from across the country to talk about important and emerging mental health issues. The 2019 Mental Health America Annual Conference, taking place in Washington, DC from June 13-15, 2019, is themed Dueling Diagnoses: Mental Health and Chronic Conditions in Children and Adults. There will be a Pre-Conference Day on June 12 for MHA affiliates only.

There is a lack of uniformity across the health spectrum in how illnesses are categorized and deemed as chronic diseases and chronic conditions. Not only does this create confusion, but it may lead professionals across the spectrum to focus on specific illnesses and disregard other aspects of the person being treated, including co-occurring issues like mental health conditions and broader societal conditions such as poverty, trauma, and racism. To effectively treat an individual, we must look at the whole person, which means examining the connections that exist between traditional chronic physical conditions and mental health concerns.  
At our conference in June, we will further explore the dynamic that exists between persistent conditions, including those that are broader in nature, and the intersection of these conditions with mental health. In deciding on this theme, we were thoughtful in characterizing the diagnoses themselves as “dueling,” because once a condition is “diagnosed,” this often becomes not just the primary diagnosis for health care providers, but the primary lens through which that individual is seen.  And when a second condition is observed, there is often unnecessary tension among the providers, the individual and their family, as to what diagnosis takes precedence and who should take the lead in organizing and managing care and support.  
Health systems and related stakeholders must commit to understanding and integrating the individual, their needs, and the dueling conditions which impact their lives in order to effectively identify tools and strategies that reduce the tension among providers of care, services, and supports, and allow the whole individual to emerge along a pathway to recovery.  
Throughout the conference, we will focus on understanding underlying factors that lead to both physical and mental health concerns in children and adults; recognizing and distinguishing the symptoms and characteristics of the mental health conditions that may be present in people with physical, intellectual, and cognitive conditions and limitations; and developing and identifying strategies that can be used by individuals, advocates, and providers across conditions to work on behalf of the whole person and move everyone along pathways to recovery, as we define those. 

MHA's 2019 Call for Proposals is now closed. MHA will inform applicants in January.

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