2022 Mental Health Summit

Bridging the Health Equity Gap for Children and Families to Heal from Grief and Loss

Friday, September 23, 2022 ▪ 9:00am – 3:00pm

Hybrid Event

08:00 am – 09:00 am Registration, Breakfast & Networking
09:00 am – 09:20 am Welcome, Invocation, Opening Remarks
09:20 am – 09:30 am A Mother’s Grief, A Mother’s Loss
09:30 am – 10:00 am Coping with Grief and Loss – A Lived Experience Discussion
10:00 am – 10:10 am BREAK
10:10 am – 10:30 am Keynote Address – Grief, Loss & Bereavement: Healing, Hope & Health
10:30 am – 11:45 am Breakout Sessions 1
11:45 am – 12:35 pm Lunch
12:35 pm – 01:00 pm Champion of Mental Health Award Presentations
01:00 pm – 02:00pm Breakout Sessions 2
02:00 pm – 02:50 pm Panel Discussion and Q & A – Health equity impacts for children and families coping with grief and loss
02:50 pm – 03:00 pm Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Exhibits will be available from 8:00am – 2:00pm.

Breakout Sessions:

Family and Community Bereavement

  • The difference between bereavement and grief
  • Healthy and unhealthy bereavement
  • Community bereavement
  • Supporting bereaved families, loved ones, and communities

Presenter: Glencie S. Rhedrick, M.S., M.DIV, BCC, Associate Minister, First Baptist Church-West

Cultural Barriers and Beliefs Impacting Healing

  • Grief and losses and cultural differences
  • Coping with grieve due bereavement among different cultures
  • Support for grieving parents, caretakers, and children from different cultures

Presenter: Roger Suclupe, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Assistant Professor and BSW Program Director for the School of Social Work at UNC Charlotte

Resources for Faith Communities/Natural Helping Networks

  • The Faith Community Health Ministry
  • Integrating faith and health into a holistic healing process
  • Coordinating support groups to meet specific needs of Faith Communities/Natural Helping Networks

Presenter: Rosa Gonzales, BSN, RN, Faith Community Health Nurse at Atrium Health in Concord

Trauma, Grief, and Loss

  • Grief defined /Stages of Grief
  • Grief and trauma
  • Symptoms of grief (physical, emotional, social)
  • Parenting and caregiver supports and faith community partnerships with parents and schools in the wake of grief, loss and trauma

Presenters: Cathy Henderson, MS, Program Manager for Mecklenburg County’s Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health Initiative and Tiffany Sanders LCSW, LISW-CP, clinical supervisor with Mecklenburg County’s Child Development Community Policing Program (CD-CP)

Support for Faith Leaders, Ministry Leaders, and Their Families

  • Types and stages of grief and loss impacting faith and ministry leaders
  • Grieving while ministering to congregants
  • Support services that address the unique needs of faith and ministry leaders and their families

Presenter: Rev. Angela D. Brown, Program Coordinator, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s FaithHealth Division

Children in foster care, behavioral health services, and justice-involved systems

  • Helping children and families dealing with adversity to cope, repair and heal
  • Children in the child welfare with complex behavioral health needs
  • Coordinated efforts and services to help children and families heal from COVID-19, suicide, substance use, incarceration and related loss

Presenters: Paige Rosemond, Senior Director of Child and Adult Services at Alliance Health and Aalece Pugh-Lilly, PhD, Senior Director-Community Health & Well Being at Alliance Health

Youth Only

For attendees age 15-19 years old, a presentation and discussion about grief and loss

  • Perspectives on how young people cope with bereavement, loss and grief
  • What works and what does not work for helping them
  • Types of support available

Presenter: Rulondo T. Anderson, Sr., MA, LCMHCS, LPC, Founder and Executive Director of Anderson Counseling and Consulting Group