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Mental Health America Conference: Dueling Diagnoses & Creative Art

June 14 @ 10:45 am - July 1 @ 12:00 pm EDT

Bridging the Gap of PTSD, Emotional Health and Medical Trauma Through Creative Therapies

Want to learn how you can use your creativity, whether it be sewing, cooking, comedy, problem-solving or striking up conversations, to express the intersection between chronic illness and mental health?

In this workshop, attendees will learn how a range of expression can heal the gap between chronic illness and symptoms of mental health. They will gain understanding of how creative arts therapies can promote resilience emotionally, relieve stress, anxiety and depression, encourage self-expression and enhance independence after physical illness, and inspire connection with both themselves and the outside world through hands-on exercises. Participants will be able to identify maladaptive coping mechanisms that may follow a medical intervention or illness, and be empowered to discover which creative modality is right for them, developing their own therapeutic model which reduces anxiety and reactivates self-esteem.

Hear from 2017 MHA conference speaker, Amy Oestreicher on Friday, June 14 at 10:45 am.


Each year, MHA’s Annual Conference brings together affiliates, consumers, providers, family members and advocates from across the country to talk about important and emerging mental health issues. This year’s theme, Dueling Diagnoses: Mental Health and Chronic Conditions in Children and Adults will explore the dynamic that exists between persistent conditions, including those that are broader in natures, and the intersection of these conditions with mental health.

The Focus 

MHA’s 2019 Annual Conference will include content that dives into:

  • The underlying factors that lead to both physical and mental health concerns in children and adults; Efforts to recognize and distinguish the symptoms and characteristics of the mental health conditions that may be present in people with physical, intellectual, and cognitive conditions and limitation;
  • Strategies that can be used by individuals, advocates, and providers across conditions to work on behalf of the whole person and move everyone along pathways to recovery, as we define those; and
  • Mental health and traditional chronic conditions and co-occurring issues that are broader in nature, such as a poverty, trauma and racism.

Checkout the full agenda.

The Venue 

MHA’s Annual Conference is held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. This venue is ADA accessible but don’t hesitate to ask about specific accommodations. Enjoy a discounted rate with MHA’s room block. This offer ends May 20, make sure and book your room today!

For more information, visit our conference home page.

Ticket price includes meals.

MHA Affiliates

MHA Affiliates – in order to access your special rate, you need input a dedicated discount code. If you do not know your access code please contact or


Student tickets are available at $250 for current graduate and undergraduate students, pending verification of enrollment. This rate includes everything but the Clifford W. Beers Awards Dinner. For a dedicated discount code, please contact


A 10% discount is availble for active and former military. Contact access.


June 14 @ 10:45 am
July 1 @ 12:00 pm


Mental Health America
(800) 969.6642

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