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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Mental Health America to Host DC-Based Conference June 8-10

May 5, 2016 | Hill Day | Take Action | Comments
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On June 8-10, just days after National Council Hill Day 2016, Mental Health America will be hosting its 2016 Annual Conference: Media, Messaging and Mental Health. This event will take an in-depth look at the impact and influence of media and the entertainment industry on the complex issues of mental health and mental illness.

With a particular focus on the entertainment industry, the digital landscape, and the press, MHA’s 2016 Annual Conference will explore the good and the bad of portrayals on the big and small screen; how the digital landscape is revolutionizing how we deal with mental health; how celebrity can be used to influence the conversation; how messaging and language can sometimes contribute to and perpetuate the destructive stigma and discrimination of people living with mental illness; and how mental health advocates can work together to change the conversation.

Highlights of the conference will include:

  • Headliners and speakers from all walks of life coming together to #fightintheopen and share their stories. Speakers include Sue Klebold, basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw, former Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton, the rock band Neon Trees, actor Chris Wood, and more;
  • Continuing Education (CE) credits for social workers. The 2016 program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter for 20.50 contact hours. Just show up to the conference registration table on the days for which you would like to receive credit and you will be provided with the necessary forms and instructions; and
  • The first ever MHA Film Festival: Exploring the World of Mental Health through Film. This one night event will take place on the evening of June 9 and will showcase short and full-length films exploring the different aspects of mental illness, addiction and recovery. Following each film, attendees will hear from many of the films’ producers and stars.

Register today for MHA 2016 and save 10% off full or partial registration with the code “NCBH”!