On World Mental Health Day (Monday, October 10), more than 180 leaders from across the country are gathering to launch a national movement to end the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders. World Mental Health Day kicks off the two-day Summit where organizations representing different industries and sectors, including federal and NGOs, will unite their drive and expertise to create powerful strategic actions to end the shame and prejudice caused by stigma. Media is invited to attend the press conference in person or virtually via Zoom. Leaders will speak for 2-3 minutes followed by Q&A. One-on-one interviews will be available following the Q&A.
Who: National leaders on mental health and substance use disorders including:
● Kristin Kroeger, Chief of Programs, Policy, & Partnerships, American Psychiatric Association
● Jared Skillings, Chief of Professional Practice, American Psychological Association
● John MacPhee, Chief Executive Officer, The Jed Foundation
● Gary Mendell, Founder and CEO, Shatterproof
● Eve Byrd, Director of Mental Health Programs, Carter Center
● Janet Lindow, PhD, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Rural Behavioral Health Institute
Complete list of national organizations attending the Summit
When: Monday, October 10. Media preset time is 12:25 p.m.
Press conference will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. (MST)
Where: Cliff Lodge, Snowbird Resort (Entry 4), Primrose B (Floor L)
9320 Cliff Lodge Dr, Snowbird, UT 84092
Meeting ID: 925 7820 1741
Why: 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year and substance use disorder affects more than 20 million Americans aged 12 and over. Moreover, 9.5 million adults over 18 have both a substance abuse disorder and a mental illness. While the numbers of people experiencing mental health and substance use disorders are staggering, stigma often prevents individuals and many communities from seeking the help they need.
Visuals: Press conference and a collaborative session on road mapping the path to end the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders.
About Shatterproof: Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the U.S. Shatterproof harnesses the models of business, the rigor of science and the power of a national movement to create change and save lives through three pillars of work: revolutionizing the addiction treatment system, breaking down addiction-related stigmas and supporting and empowering our communities. Find Shatterproof on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube: @ShatterproofHQ or follow them on Instagram at @weareshatterproof. To learn more, visit www.Shatterproof.org.
Huntsman Mental Health Institute
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