2022 MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT
TO HEAL FROM GRIEF AND LOSS
Friday, September 23, 2022 from 9:00am – 3:00pm
REGISTRATION COMING SOON…
Each day, we hear news or experience events that leave children and their families struggling, sometimes silently, with tremendous grief and loss. Their grief and loss may result from family separations; job/business loss; injuries, illness, and deaths; violence and abuse; racism and injustice; tragedies locally or aboard, work/school pressures; incarceration; and inadequate, inappropriate, or lack of healthcare or support. These and other types of events layered by the devastating impacts of COVID-19 have exponentially increased the grief and loss that children and families experience.
Overwhelming studies show that for most racially and ethnically diverse populations, children and families seek support from clergy, houses of worship, and the natural helping network systems along with family and friends to help them deal with their grief and loss. This support system already taxed due to the health equity gap is often ill-equipped or lacks the resources to provide adequate, sustainable, and in some cases lifelong care for children and families.
The 2022 Mental Health Summit aims to promote awareness, dialogue, and partnership concerning the health inequities and disparities in helping children and families heal from grief and loss. Healthy Blue is an event-level sponsor and partner for this year’s summit. Over 200 attendees are expected to attend and engage in critical conversations about the additional pillars of response needed to identify, treat and support children and families suffering from grief and loss. They will also hear from lived experience speakers and expert speakers in behavioral health, and public health, along with researchers, practitioners, clinicians, health system leaders, and civic leaders.
Attendees will be equipped with:
- Strategies for healthcare systems, social services and natural helping networks to work together to support children and families suffering from grief and loss.
- Increased knowledge about evidence-based practices for helping children and families heal from grief and loss.
- Access to resources to support caregivers, children and families to heal from grief and loss.
A 6-hour in-person and virtual event with expert speakers, lived experience speakers, interactive breakout sessions, moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A, and exhibitor hall. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
Healthcare system’s role in helping children and families
COVID-19: Another layer
Orphaned children due to suicide, substance abuse, and incarceration
Grieving parents, grandparents, and caregivers
Cultural barriers and beliefs impacting healing
Equipping houses of worship and natural helping networks to provide support
Supporting faith leaders, ministry leaders, and their families
• Health Professionals and Administrators
• Public and Behavioral Health Administrators and Practitioners
• Educators and Researchers
• Traditional Health and Social Service Workers
• Faith Leaders/Ministry Leaders
• Caregivers and Advocates