Mental Health America Annual Conference 2014


"Join us September 10-12, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia as we bring together hundreds of advocates from across the country to learn about critical policy issues in the behavioral health field and set strategies for collective action. The conference will feature talks by national experts and thought-leaders, present cutting-edge research and community success stories, and provide opportunities for attendees to network, brainstorm and share."

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Peerlink: Wellness Works Initiative

Peerlink is proud to host this year's Wellness Works Initiative!

What is National Wellness Week?

As part of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA is launching the fourth annual National Wellness Week from September 15-21, 2014 to promote the many ways that social inclusion, trauma-informed care, and the Eight Dimensions of Wellness can improve quality of life and increase life expectancy for people diagnosed with mental health issues.

During National Wellness Week, we aim to inspire individuals to improve one's physical health behavior, while exploring their talents, skills, interests, social connections, and environment to incorporate other dimensions of wellness. We will mobilize peer-run, faith-based and other community organizations, as well as mental health, substance addiction and physical healthcare providers to host events or promote messages encouraging the Eight Dimensions of Wellness (Emotional, Financial, Social, Spiritual, Occupational, Physical, Intellectual, and Environmental).

Wellness Works Initiative

As part of National Wellness Week (September 15-21, 2014), Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center, the National Empowerment Center, and the other Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers—the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, NAMI Star Center, and the Family Cafe TA Center –invite you to submit a piece of original creative work expressing what wellness means in your lives and for your communities.

Learn how to submit your artwork!


The Active Minds Mental Health on Campus Conference

The Active Minds National Mental Health on Campus Conference, held annually in November, is the only national conference addressing college student mental health and young adult advocacy. The conference brings together hundreds of experts, change-agents and leaders from across the country and educates, energizes and inspires the next generation of mental health advocates.


Early bird registration for the 2014 National Conference is now open! All chapter-based attendees (student members and advisors) will receive a rate of $50. All non-chapter attendees will receive a rate of $80. The early bird registration closes on October 14, 2014. After that time, registration will be available at the regular rates: $70 for Chapter attendees and $100 for non-chapter attendees.

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Agenda & Speakers

Please continue to check back for updates on our 2014 line-up of keynotes, speakers and workshops. If you're interested in speaking, presenting a workshop or hosting an expo table, please contact us!

And while you're waiting for details, check out an online version of the agenda from last year's conference!

Location & Lodging

The 2014 conference will be held at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, located at 3501 University Blvd, East Hyattsville, MD 20783 –  just off the western side of the University of Maryland at College Parkcampus.

The Active Minds guest block is reserved at the College Park Marriott and is available for the nights of November 13 (Thursday) through November 15 (Sunday). If you require rooms earlier or later than the dates included in our room block, please be aware that regular hotel rates will apply.

You can find maps and directions here


Alternatives 2014 - Creating the Future: Change, Challenge and Opportunity

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse announces that Alternatives 2014, the 28th national mental health conference organized by and for mental health consumers/ survivors, will be held in Orlando, Florida, at the Caribe Royale, October 22-26, 2014.

Creating the Future: Change, Challenge, Opportunity is the theme of this year’s conference. Learn more at the website:

We invite everyone to consider becoming a presenter; first-time presenters are especially welcome. Learning from each other is a clear example of self-help, mutual support, and the principles of recovery in action!



Engaging People In Services that Promote Recovery

Presented by the Support, Technical Assistance and Resources (STAR) Center
Date: July 22, 2014
Time: 2-3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D 
Description: People vote with their feet and often walk away from services that do not meet their needs. In this webinar, Pat Deegan will draw on her experience in building services that engage and empower people to live their lives, not their diagnosis. Pat will use examples from her work with OnTrackNY first episode psychosis teams, shared decision making and recovery learning collaboratives, to illustrate principles of successful engagement strategies.