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NatCon18: Wednesday

April 25, 2018 | Education and Events | Comments
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Welcome to NatCon18. 

Whether you’re here in person or following the conference at home or from work, we’re glad you’re here.

Today is the last day of NatCon18 and the final special BH365 blog highlighting health care’s behavioral health conference. We’ll be adding new information about this event-filled closing day, so keep visiting us, either through this blog or NatCon Today.

NatCon Today is the next best thing to being at NatCon18 with the latest photos, videos and Tweets.


Insights on American Politics: What’s Ahead

Chuck Todd


“Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods!” Chuck Todd has famously said.

Todd admits he’s a political junkie. It’s earned him a reputation as one of the most passionate journalists and sharpest analysts in American media – and host of Meet the Press. And it hasn’t escaped the attention, or the ire, of the president.

Armed with keen insight and quick wit, Todd brought out his crystal ball to look at the future of American politics.

For three days, NatCon18 has been dedicated to the facts about mental health and substance use disorder and we’ve rededicated ourselves to the facts about the reality of recovery and the truth of compassion.

Todd’s session was a fitting close to NatCon18 and send-off to Hill Day where attendees will meet with their senators and representatives to advocate for better resources for mental health and addictions treatment in their communities.


Awards of Excellence Gala Honors Leaders in Addiction Treatment, Behavioral Health Integration, Advocacy


The National Council rolled out the red carpet last night for the 2018 Awards of Excellence and a gala celebration of the influential individuals and organizations working to strengthen behavioral health care and support our communities.

Decreasing inappropriate use of opioids and supporting evidence-based tools to fight the opioid epidemic and boosting integrated mental health treatment and Mental Health First Aid training for police were among the themes of this year’s Awards.

Eighteen individuals and organizations were honored during the event.

We are grateful to those committed organizations that supported the 2018 Awards of Excellence: Sunovion; Envolve; Mental Health First Aid USA; Mental Health Risk Retention Group, Inc.; Negley; MyStrength; Qualifacts and Scattergood Foundation.

For a complete list of honorees and quotes from last night’s festivities, see the National Council’s media release.


Believe in Second Chances

Kevin Hines


“I was disappearing without a trace,” said Kevin Hines. “I didn’t want this disease. I didn’t want to be mentally ill the rest of my life.”

Struggling with bipolar depression and feeling worthless and alone, 19-year-old Kevin Hines jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge – and instantly regretted what he had done. But he surfaced with an incredible will to live. Hines has dedicated his life to making sure others don’t make the same mistake.

If you saw his documentary film, “Suicide: The Ripple Effect,” at NatCon18’s Film Festival, you know his story. And you know that his story has saved many lives.

His message of hope is simple: Today is not tomorrow. Just because you’re in pain today doesn’t mean it will last forever. That applies to his own life, as well. Hines acknowledges he still has suicidal thoughts, but with the love of his family and a strong support system, he knows he will never die by suicide.

Don’t miss Kevin’s book signing today (Wednesday) at 10 – 10:30 a.m. in the Bookstore (Potomac A Lobby, Ballroom Level).