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Joy Burwell

Director of Communications, National Council for Behavioral Health

Meet the #NatCon17 Twitter Ambassadors

March 24, 2017 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Wondering how you are going to consume all that this year’s National Council Conference has to offer? Not able to attend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. For the third year in a row we have top-notch Twitter ambassadors who through their live tweeting of #NatCon17, will be sharing their unique perspectives within the behavioral health space and giving you an insider’s view of some of our 20 tracks, thought leader sessions, the film festival and more.

We’re excited to announce this year’s Twitter Ambassadors. Subscribe to the official #NatCon17 Twitter Ambassador list to follow them. Be sure to follow along with us on Twitter — use #NatCon17 and #BH365 — to join the conversation. Be part of our Tweet Team, either onsite or online.

NatCon17 Twitter Ambassadors:


Ryann Tanap is the social media and digital assets manager for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Her blog, Mama Tanap, explores mental health in our society. She is passionate about suicide prevention and multicultural communities, and believes in the healing and transformative power of the arts.


Sean Erreger is a care manager for a mental health agency in Upstate New York. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is also interested in training therapists in issues around the therapeutic alliance. He also specializes in training for mental health and health care professionals around social media use. You can learn more about his practice in his blog. Last year at #NatCon16 he presented with Dana Lewis about the power of Twitter chats (recap available here).  He looks forward to returning this year as a NatCon Twitter Ambassador.


Natasha West is the social media consultant for Stamp Out Stigma, an initiative directed by the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness. She develops and implements the initiative’s social media strategy, including engaging with the campaign’s audience and ensuring a strong online presence for Stamp Out Stigma. Natasha has over four years of professional social media experience, primarily in health care. She was on the Tweet Team for #NatCon16, returning this year as our veteran NatCon Twitter Ambassador.


Bryan Wempen brings recovery experience and finding a personal and professional voice through writing and speaking. A two-time author focused on the self-awareness journey and big-data, an interesting intersection to find-what-matters. His 25 years of experience in Technology, Human Resources and Healthcare IT with Netsmart Technologies offers a diverse perspective he often shares via Twitter.


Bart Andrews, PhD, is Vice President of Clinical Practice/Evaluation at Behavioral Health Response. He is the President of the National Association of Crisis Line Directors, Co-Chair of the Suicide Lifeline’s Standards, Training and Practices committee, a member of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) Steering Committee, an Executive Committee Board Member at the American Association of Suicidology and an SPRC ZeroSuicide Academy Faculty member. A suicide attempt survivor, he is a proponent of embracing lived expertise in our suicide prevention efforts and believes that the path to suicide prevention must be framed in the context of relationships, community and culture.  Oh, and he loves memes!

About the NatCon Twitter Ambassador program: The National Council’s communications team selects three to five ambassadors for NatCon each year based on multiple criteria, including passion, reach, experience, voice, perspective, and information provided by in the application that makes us pretty sure we would enjoy hanging out with you 24/7 for three days. Ambassadors come as individuals, representing themselves, though often will also tweet on their company’s Twitter handle as they would if they just came as attendees. We work to bring new people every year, but try to include at least one veteran Twitter Ambassador if we can. We encourage anyone interested in the NatCon18 Twitter Ambassador spots to follow #BH365 throughout the year, as that is where we announce the program and share information about applying.