Mental Health America’s 2010 Conference to Explore Importance of Meaningful Social Roles

Mental Health America’s 2010 Conference to Explore Importance of Meaningful Social Roles in Maintaining Health, Achieving Recovery

“Get Connected: Social Inclusion in Wellness and Recovery”

June 9-12 at Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill

 -Mental Health America’s 2010 Annual Conference will explore the importance of meaningful social roles and connections in maintaining health and achieving recovery.

The Conference, “Get Connected: Social Inclusion in Wellness and Recovery,” will bring together an exciting roster of thought leaders and nationally recognized experts who have forged the way for building inclusive communities through their research, innovative community programs and personal commitment.

The Conference will be held June 9-12 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It provides a unique opportunity for people in the mental health field to connect with others who are committed to promoting an agenda that will improve health outcomes and drive down the tragically high rates of mental health and substance use conditions in the United States. 

“Social inclusion is an approach that builds on Mental Health America’s original vision,” said David Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. “By building socially inclusive communities, we integrate prevention, treatment and recovery concepts as key ingredients of community well-being.

“The conference will address issues that range from the creation of individual opportunity through social connections to the importance of social inclusion in eliminating health disparities.”

Conference speakers include:  Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Pamela Hyde, J.D., Larry Fricks, William Anthony, Ph.D., Thomas Nerney, J. David Hawkins, Ph.D., Margarita Alegria, Ph.D., and Pete Early.

Highlights of the Conference include:

  • Interactive panels exploring issues from health disparities to health care reform
  • 15 sessions highlighting the most effective social inclusion programs and philosophies
  • Advocacy training from policy experts
  • Documentary film screening
  • Book signings with authors Pete Earley and Steve Luxenberg
  • Musical entertainment from up-and-coming artist, Ashley Miers

The Conference each year brings together advocates, mental health professionals, leaders from business and government, mental health consumers, policy makers, and executives and staff from over 300 Mental Health America state and local affiliates to learn about critical issues in the behavioral health field and map strategies for collective action.

For more information on the Conference, including agenda, speakers and registration, please visit: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/conference2010/.

Mental Health America is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our century of service to America and our more than 300 affiliates nationwide, we represent a national movement that promotes mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation- everyday and in times of crisis.

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