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Join Amy and Mental Health America for a special Twitter Chat discussing #mentalillnessfeelslike on Tuesday May 10th, 2-3 EDT!#mhachat May 10 (1)Special Guests:

  • Amy Oestreicher @AmyOes
  • Amy Keller Laird @amykellerlaird
  • Kimberly McCullough @whitewatercrew

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Amy will be presenting her one-woman autobiographical musical Gutless & Grateful at the MHA’s 2016 Annual Conference: Media, Messaging and Mental Health.

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Learn more about her mental health advocacy & sexual assault awareness prevention program for college campuses, and help spread mental health awareness around the world by donating here.

MHA’s 2016 Annual Conference: Media, Messaging and Mental Health will take an in-depth look at the impact and influence of media and the entertainment industry on the complex issues of mental health and mental illness. With a particular focus on the entertainment industry, the digital landscape, and the press, we will explore the good and the bad of portrayals on the big and small screen; how the digital landscape is revolutionizing how we deal with mental health; how celebrity can be used to influence the conversation; how messaging and language can sometimes contribute to and perpetuate the destructive stigma and discrimination of people living with mental illness; and how mental health advocates can work together to change the conversation. Check out the fantastic agenda!

During #MHAChat on 5/10, we‘ll discuss what life with a mental illness REALLY feels like. Join Mental Health America, Amy Keller Laird, Amy Oestreicher, and Kimberly McCullough to hear first-person accounts of living with a mental illness. Follow along using #MHAChat at 2pm ET on May 10th!

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Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention for all, early  identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated health, behavioral health and other services for those who need them, and recovery as a  goal. We are guided by the Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process. When we think diseases like cancer or heart disease, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before  Stage 4—we begin with prevention, identify symptoms, and develop a plan of action to reverse and hopefully stop the progression of the disease.We need to address these symptoms early, identify the underlying disease, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health.

The Annual Conference is designed to provide educational opportunities for a diverse group of individuals and organizations working to advocate for and implement innovative interventions within the Before Stage 4 philosophy. Each year, Mental Health America’s Conference brings together advocates, educators, researchers, business and community leaders, Members of Congress and the Administration, and health professionals from across the country.

Actor and mental health advocate Ashley Judd is serving as Chair of the 2016 Annual Conference Honorary Committee. Joining her on the Committee* and lending their name in support of MHA are Senator Christopher Murphy, Senator Michael Enzi, Senator Chuck Grassley, Representative Doris Matsui, Representative Grace Napolitano, Representative Paul Tonko, Doreen Gentzler, Angie Goff, Terrie Williams, Celinda Lake, Garen Staglin, Shari Staglin and Brandon Staglin, and Glennon Doyle Melton. (*As of February 2016)

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