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Mental Health America's Annual Conference

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 the entertainment industry, the digital landscape, and the press, we will explore the good and the bad of portrayals on the big and small screen; how the digital landscape is revolutionizing how we deal with mental health; 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. Check out the fantastic agendaNEW! Click here to view speaker presentations.


MHA’s 2016 Annual Conference: Media, Messaging and Mental Health is certified for Continuing Education (CE) credits for social workers. This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter for 20.50 contact hours. MHA affiliates can also apply for up to 6.75 contact hours for affiliate preconference day. Just show up to the conference registration table on the days for which you would like to receive credit, and you will be provided with the necessary forms and instructions.  Questions about the Continuing Education process? Please contact Mallory Pernell at


Each year, Mental Health America (MHA) recognizes outstanding work in the field by its affiliates, young people and adult mental health consumers. All award recipients will be honored during events held at Mental Health America’s 2016 Annual Conference. This year, MHA will be distributing the Clifford W. Beers Award, the mPower Award, the Ruth P. Brudney Award, and the Innovation in Programming Award. Click here to find out more!


For the first time, MHA will host a film festival on June 9! MHA Film Festival: Exploring the World of Mental Health Through Film will showcase short and full-length films exploring the different aspects of mental illness, addiction and recovery. Panel discussions will follow. Tickets are now available!







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