Champions of Mental Wellness:
Fighting Stigma and Stereotypes in the System and Society
Individuals with mental illness face an uphill battle every day. A complicated mental health system. A lack of adequate services. Stigma. Yet, so many overcome these obstacles. So many find their way to recovery. And of those individuals, many of them are brave enough to share their story.
NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s two-day state conference in Harrisburg will celebrate those stories of recovery. But it will also examine barriers that make the journey to recovery that much harder, like stereotypes associated with violence, homelessness, race and culture.
Who Should Attend
Individuals in recovery; family members and caregivers; students; mental health professionals; community leaders; and regional, county, and state government leaders.
Regular Conference Rate – $185
Continuing Education Credits – For individuals requesting Continuing Education Credits, there will be a $30 charge added to your registration. (1.05 CEU, 10.5 Social Work credits, 10.5 Psych credits)
*This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialists continuing education. For attending, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Register at the conference rate.
Refund Policy – Refunds will be issued only for those requests made in writing prior to the conference. No refunds will be issued once the program has begun. A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds for cancellations requesting Continuing Education Credits.
Deadline to Register – Friday, March 2, 2018
Sponsor a Champion
Opportunities are available for organizations to sponsor one or more champions. Scholarships will offset the cost of registration and overnight accommodations for individuals and family members affected by mental illness. If you would like to sponsor a specific individual(s), contact Sara Levine Steinberg at email@example.com to make conference registration arrangements.
Cost: $500 per scholarship
- Sponsor one scholarship recipient (registration fee and two night stay)
- Recognition during conference
- Recognition on signage throughout conference
- Recognition on NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s website and post-conference email
Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors
NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is currently accepting sponsors and exhibitors for our annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference in Harrisburg March 12-13, 2018.
All sponsors and exhibitors are accepted on a “first come, first served” basis.
The host hotel is currently sold out of standard rooms. However, there are several additional hotels nearby:
Note: If you would like to have your name placed on the waiting list at the host hotel (Best Western Premier, The Central Hotel & Conference Center), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. However, we highly recommend you reserve a room at another property.
Carol Caruso Mental Health Advocacy Award
NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania is accepting nominations for the Carol Caruso Mental Health Advocacy Award. Carol Caruso, a longtime and highly regarded mental health advocacy leader, passed away in January of 2017. The Carol Caruso Mental Health Advocacy Award has been established in her honor to create a legacy that continues to advance the advocacy movement that Carol led for many years.
Please nominate an individual that embodies the unique qualities of Carol Caruso. The nominee should:
- Exhibit leadership abilities and a passion for mental health
- Have a compassionate spirit and a desire to help others
- Champion improvements to the mental health system
- Promote acceptance and understanding as a way of life
- Believe that recovery is possible for those affected by mental illness
- Strive to eliminate stigma
The nominee can be an individual living with a mental illness, a family member or loved one, a mental health professional, or anyone who tries to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. The nominee must live in Pennsylvania. Please complete and submit the nomination form no later than February 21, 2018.
The recipient will be presented the award at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference in Harrisburg on March 12, 2018.