More than 400 people attended the 2019 Pennsylvania Mental Health and Wellness Conference that took place May 20-21, 2019, at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel in Grantville.
The conference titled, Stronger Together, was a collaboration between NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA), and Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHAPA).
The event featured keynote presenter Rep. Mike Schlossberg from Lehigh County who talked about how his personal experience with mental illness impacts his role as a state legislator. There were also two panel discussions that focused on the top advocacy issues in Pennsylvania and First Episode Psychosis programs. To view the slides from the FEP Presentation, click here. The two-day conference was featured on WGAL-TV.
Nicholas Emeigh from NAMI Bucks County, PA receives the 2019 Carol Caruso Mental Health Advocacy Award.
Lynn Keltz, Exec. Dir. of PA Mental Health Consumers’ Assoc., and Sue Walther, Exec. Dir. of Mental Health Assoc. in PA, receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for Mental Health Advocacy.
Board President Charma D. Dudley, PhD, Board member Jack Cahalane, PhD, and NAMI Keystone PA CEO Christine Michaels
More than 50 exhibitors from across the state provided resources for attendees.
Sharise Nance, LCSW, delivers her workshop on overcoming compassion fatigue to more than 90 people.
Attendees show support for NAMI Keystone PA’s #BackOnTrackPA campaign, an initiative to raise awareness for the state’s nine First Episode Psychosis programs.
On Sunday, May 19, the day before the conference kicked off, NAMI affiliate leaders from across the state convened for the annual state meeting. Leaders from more than 20 affiliates participated.
The annual meeting was followed by dinner, which had a Western theme this year. Nicholas Emeigh from NAMI Bucks County, PA took home the prize for best dressed.
NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA), and Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHAPA) would like to thank all attendees, exhibitors, scholarship benefactors, and sponsors who made this event possible.
–2019 SCHOLARSHIP BENEFACTORS–
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Beacon Health Options
Bellefaire JCB and Monarch Center for Autism
Case Management Unit
Clarion Psychiatric Center
Community Behavioral Health
Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
Department of Health
Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program
Eating Recovery Center
Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA
Fairmount Behavioral Health System
Five Star Home Foods
Foundations Behavioral Health
Harborcreek Youth Services
Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern PA
Highmark Caring Place
Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital
Laurel Life Services
Mental Health Partnerships
Mental Health Association in PA
MHY Family Services
Minding Your Mind
NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania
PA Care Partnership
PA Clubhouse Coalition
PA Family Alliance for Children’s Services
PA Family Network
Pennsylvania Associate of Marriage & Family Therapists
Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition (PAPSC)
Pennsylvania Psychological Association
Pennsylvania Treasury Dept.
Rare Patient Voice
Retreat Behavioral Health
Southwood Psychiatric Hospital
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
The Advocacy Alliance/Friendship House
The Meadows Psychiatric Center
The Prevention Network and Class Academy
UPMC For You
UPMC For Kids
Youth Move PA