15th Annual Community Mental Health Conference
On Thursday, November 10, 2016 the Mental Health Association in Delaware will host our 15th annual Community Mental Health Conference. Initially CMH started off at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware on October 12, 2002 as the People of Color Mental Health Conference. Over the years it has grown to be a truly one of a kind event that continues to bring resources, support, and awareness on the topic of mental illness to our community. In 1999 the then Surgeon General David Satcher released the first ever Surgeon General’s report on Mental Health. It was a call to the American public to recognize the immense impact that mental health has on so many levels of our society. As we approach this next CMH conference, the Mental Health Association in Delaware continues in this commitment to ending stigma and promoting positive conversations around mental well-being.
This year, the conference is returning to the Chase Center on the Riverfront from 8:00am-3:30pm for a day filled with workshops, a panel discussion, and a keynote address by Antonio Lambert on the never ending process of recovery. Bringing a lifetime of professional and lived experience to his talks, Antonio Lambert is sure to captivate and inspire with his personal journey of trials, change, and achievement. Our conference theme, “Bridging the Gaps – Through Resources and Networking” will focus on making connections with services and aims to have each participant leaving the conference with an increase in knowledge and confidence to navigate the mental health services in our community. Admission is $20 and includes a continental breakfast, hot lunch and full day of interactive workshops and access to exhibitors. This is a conference that is attended by and intended for, all members of the community. From advocates to educators, professionals in the mental health field to those with lived experience, we invite you to come out to connect and engage with us on a deeper level. We all have a role to play in the promotion of mental wellness in our community, so please save the date and be a part of the progress that we are sure to make on this day!
Thank you to this year’s planning committee members: Co-chairs: Frank Hawkins (AIDS Delaware) and Jason L. Coleman (MHA), Larence Kirby (Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs), Cereza Hansley (Delaware Psychiatric Center), Dona Mesko (MHA), June Lambert (MHA), Audwin Odum (Horizon House), LaVaida Owens-White (Delaware Regional Health Ministry Network), Meedra Surratte (Parent Information Center of Delaware), Kathy McKay (CEO of Connections), Jimia Redden (YMCA), Michelle Gordon (Horizon House), Rob McCreary (Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s),Olga Matias (Henrietta Johnson Medical Center), Patricia Evans (SODAT DE, Inc).