20th Annual Empowering Community Wellness Symposium (In-Person)

The Mental Health Association in Delaware invites you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Community Mental Health Conference with us on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 at the Riverfront Events Center.  We have recently rebranded this event as the “Empowering Community Wellness Symposium” to reflect the core values, revitalized direction and new half day format that the conference is taking.  Over the years one of the most popular segments has been our panel discussions which directly address the audience and provide a format for a truly free flowing conversation that everyone is welcomed into.  With that in mind we will be offering two panels that will look at some of our communities most current challenges as well as offering insight into the solutions.  At the heart of those discussions will be the mental health resources and perspectives that are geared towards empowering our participants to return to their work, families and lives with additional support and knowledge.  We are pleased to announce that this conference will be FREE of cost to registered participants, resource venders will be on hand that day, and a buffet breakfast will be served at 8am prior to the panels.  Thanks again to everyone who has been a part of the last 20 years of educating, supporting and connecting our community with these resources.  Each of us at MHA in DE are forever grateful and very excited to welcome you into this new chapter!

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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.