11. June 2020 - 10:30
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MHA's 2020 Annual Conference: From Resiliency to Recovery | Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill | Thursday, 11. June 2020

At MHA, we work every day on addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. At the heart of everything we do is the belief in the strength and resiliency of the individual, communities, the power of peers, and that recovery is possible.It’s important when working towards recovery from mental illnesses and substance use disorders, we understand the root causes. We know that trauma can greatly impact a person’s mental health - whether it occurs in childhood or as an ***** – and the effects of trauma can last for a lifetime. We know that often substance use disorders can also coexist with mental illnesses. We know caregivers and peers can play an integral role in recovery, and we know that if we focus on early identification and care for those who need it, we can change the trajectory of lives.

The Focus

We will examine the individual’s capacity to thrive amid adversity – and how communities are coming together to help address these issues.
We’ll talk about the recovery model in mental health care - centered on the belief that individuals with mental health conditions can lead full, rewarding, self-directed lives - and how peer support can be an effective and essential element of recovery-oriented mental health systems.
We’ll focus on cognitive, emotional and behavioral effects of childhood trauma, their long lasting impacts into adulthood, and how research shows trauma can cause permanent changes in the structure and chemical activity of a growing brain;
We’ll talk about how racism, anti-immigrant bias, anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice, and other forms of discrimination can impact mental health and wellbeing;
We’ll dive into the principles of trauma-informed care – and how safety, trustworthiness, peer support, collaboration, empowerment, and cultural sensitivity must be incorporated into life-long services and supports for victims of trauma; and
We’ll learn about the work that communities are developing and implementing in response to the specific barriers experienced by diverse individuals dealing with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

The Venue 
MHA's Annual Conference is held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. This venue is ADA accessible but don't hesitate to ask about specific accommodations. Enjoy a discounted rate with MHA's room block, opening soon. 
For more information, visit our conference home page: https://www.mhanational.org/2020/annual-conference
MHA Affiliates: In order to take advantage of affiliate pricing, you need an access code. If you do not know your access code please contact vsterns@mhanational.org
Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel, you may receive a refund of everything but $25 if cancelling before April 30, 2020. The $25 covers MHA’s registration costs. NOTE: There is no cancellation or refund after May 1, 2020.
For questions about registration, contact creynolds@mhanational.org 
Full conference tickets cover all meals provided for the duration of the conference, including the Clifford W. Beers Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 11.