20th Annual Empowering Community Wellness Symposium
On May 6, 2021, MHA held the 20th Annual Empowering Community Wellness Symposium (ECWS), formerly known as the Community Mental Health Conference. The symposium was held virtually for the first time ever due to the pandemic. Marking the 20th anniversary of the conference, the small shift in name highlights what has always been the core goal of the event: empowering and improving our community by providing access to resources, timely information and an opportunity to connect with leading pioneers in mental health.
The keynote was delivered by Lisa R. Savage, LCSW, who spoke on the topic of “Disrupting Systems that Reinforce Trauma and Racism”. A panel discussion followed the keynote focusing on the impact of the Coronavirus Health Pandemic on a number of supportive services industries that directly relate to mental health. Each panel member brought a wealth of experience and insight into the areas of Healthcare, Therapeutic Services, and Higher Education.
The first virtual symposium brought 84 individuals from all throughout the state of Delaware together for the half-day event. As part of the 20th year anniversary, the ECWS planning committee plans and hopes to have a second related in-person event later this year. More details on the event will follow, so please make sure you are subscribed to our email list, which you can sign up for at MHA Chats – Mental Health Association in Delaware.
19th Annual Community Mental Health Conference
In November 2019, MHA sponsored the 19th Annual Community Mental Health Conference in Wilmington, DE. The conference was held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront and focused on the theme of “The Mental Health System: Through the Ages”. Workshops focused on a range of topics including gender and sexuality in the Latinx community, depression and suicide among the elderly, ACE’s informed care for youth, and connections between trauma and substance use disorders.
The event was devoted to increasing the ability of the participants to access resources and a deeper understanding of some topics that can have significant mental health implications throughout the lifespan. The community members, mental health consumers and providers who attended enjoyed interactive workshops, a panel discussion on the evolution of the Peer Support model in Delaware and a keynote address by Priscilla Murphey on Intergenerational Mental Health Issues.