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!
*Please be aware that we are requiring face mask coverings and encouraging social distancing regardless of vaccination status to attend this event. This is a non-negotiable for participation and access to the ECWS in an effort to increase safety for all event participants and staff. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this!
Date & Time:
Thursday, November 18th, 2021
8:00am to 9:00am: Sign-In & Breakfast & Vendors
9:00am to 9:15am: Welcome
9:15am to 10:30am: Panel One
10:30am to 10:45am: Break & Vendors
10:45am to 12:00pm: Panel Two
12:00pm to 12:15pm: Wrap-Up
Riverfront Events Center (760 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801)
Panel Discussion 1: Normalizing Therapy amid the Challenges of COVID-19
→ This interactive panel will be examining some of the shifts that have taken place due to COVID-19 and the public health pandemic over the last 18 months related to mental health treatment. Issues of accessibility, challenges and benefits of Virtual Therapy and industry shifts will be explored. This will be an informative discussion examining strategies for parents, educators and families alike.
Panel Discussion 2: Treatment & Disparities
→ This interactive discussion will focus on disparities that impact not only vulnerable populations but also represent some of the gaps in the mental health treatment process. There are a range of needs that when not met can magnify stress, health concerns and exacerbate challenges with maintaining mental wellness. We will be talking about a wide range of influences on this issue and offering connection to the practical resources that you need to know about.
Wrap-Up: Self-Care Strategies and Exercises
→ In addition to the Panel Discussions, we will be wrapping up the event with some much needed self-care strategies and exercises. Not just a buzz word, “Self-Care” is vital to anyone who finds themselves in a helping role or wants to actively influence and add balance to their hectic and stressful life. In short, all of us!
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