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On May 20th and 21st, we held our annual conference, "B4Stage4: Starting the Conversation". It brought together individuals and family members living with mental illness, health care providers, and other mental health partners in public safety, education and faith communities, by discussing the early detection and prevention of mental illness.
There were over 200 people attending, 12 sponsors, many exhibitors and so much more! It was a fantastic event, we saw so many colleagues, friends, and associates there. Paul Gionfriddo, our main Keynote Speaker for the event and CEO and President of Mental Health America, gave especially moving speeches. His speech topics centered on ideas relating to the integration of other services with behavioral health systems, prevention, early identification, and intervention in regards to mental illnesses. We also had amazing people that gave insight and information during their panel on Recovery.
Be sure to check out some of our photos from the conference posted on our Instagram account by clicking the "Conference Photos" button! Thanks for coming! Stay connected with us by joining our mailing list and following us on social media! Here is a preview of some of those conference photos featuring our Board of Directors members, event attendees, and panelists.
Our audience will be comprised of people with lived experience of mental illness and their family members, as well as educators, clergy and other community members interested in the prevention and early detection of mental illness. Featured keynote speakers will include Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America, and author of the critically acclaimed book Losing Tim: How our Health and Education Systems Failed my Son with Schizophrenia.
"To promote the mental health and well-being of all Arizonans through education, advocacy, and the shaping of public policy."
When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention. When people are in the first stage of those diseases and are beginning to show signs or symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We don’t ignore them. In fact, we develop a plan of action to reverse and sometimes stop the progression of the disease. So why don’t we do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness?