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Apply to speak at MHA's 2022 Annual Conference

Call for Workshop Proposals

Mental Health America’s (MHA) 2022 Annual Conference, Forward Together: Recovery, Healing, Hope, will take place in Washington, DC June 9-11, 2022. The event will bring together hundreds of MHA affiliates, peers, providers, government officials, media and more from across the country to explore the intersecting equity issues that exist in mental health. This year’s event will be offered in a hybrid format consisting of both in-person and virtual components. 

At MHA, we work every day to address the needs of individuals living with mental illness and promote the overall mental health of all people. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that quality mental health resources should be accessible and equitable to all regardless of an individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ability level, geographical location or any other identity. That is why we value diversity and inclusion among our conference attendees, speakers, and sponsors. We recognize that there are populations often overlooked when talking about mental health and substance use, and we want to ensure we are fighting in the open with and for them as well. If you are an expert on a topic that is in line with our conference theme and impacts underserved populations, we encourage you to submit a proposal.

Why This Theme?

Forward Together: Recovery, Healing, Hope

COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, a profound negative effect on the mental health of the nation. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, MHA has witnessed increasing numbers of people experiencing anxiety, depression, psychosis, loneliness, and other mental health concerns. Our nation has also seen the largest number of opioid deaths in our history this year. These times demonstrate that health equity is still not a reality for all. These events have unequally affected many Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), putting certain groups more at risk of ill health or mortality, and placing an undue burden on the frontline and care economies. At the same time we are experiencing the health crises, we have witnessed the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police officers, including the murder of George Floyd, COVID-related violence against Asian Americans, and continued gun violence. 

For many, these events functioned as a catalyst to expose a history of inequity in our nation resulting in widespread hopelessness, despair and racial trauma. At our conference this year, we will come together to talk about recovery - both individual and collective - and ways to move forward together.

Call for Workshop Proposals*



Workshop Format

To be considered, workshop presentations must**: 

  • Align with one of our conference themes
  • Be interactive, thought-provoking, and action-oriented 
  • Allow time for group discussion
  • Fit within a 60-minute timeframe with 45 mins for presenting and 15 mins for audience Q&A
  • Be conducted with no more than three presenters.

*We encourage the inclusion of lived experience voices 

**Please note: all sessions will be closed captioned with English and Spanish options

Presentation Topics of Interest

We are looking for presentations related to the following topics:

  • Equity: Identifying and responding to equity in mental health
  • COVID-19: Coping with pandemic-related trauma and recovery 
  • Storytelling and Community Voices: Sharing our mental health journeys
  • Rest and Self Care: Interactive sessions to encourage self care and relaxation
  • Crisis Response: Harm reduction, addiction crisis, peer support, etc.
  • A Way Forward: Alignment for future actions in mental health

Sample Presentation Titles

**These are samples only, and NOT indicative of the final agenda.

  • Indigenous Communities and Healing
  • Collective Healing: Black Women and Breath Work
  • Addressing Equity Through Dynamic Leadership Change
  • Learning From Youth: What Do They Really Want Us to Know About Their Struggles
  • Does Language Really Matter?
  • Responding to Crisis Through Community Empowerment
  • Self-care Isn't Just About Yoga

Submission Instructions and Guidelines

Online submissions only (click “Apply Online” below). The webform is the preferred method. If you have trouble completing the form, please email Per the webform, applicants must submit biographies, session descriptions and learning objectives with contact information for every speaker on an application to be considered. Incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed.

Review and Selection Process

The process to accept workshops is very selective. There are a very limited number of slots available, and the final decision is at the discretion of MHA.

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Upon receipt of your submission, you will receive an e-mail confirmation.
  • NOTIFICATION: All applicants will be notified about the status of their submission by February 7, 2022.
  • FOLLOW UP: If accepted, presenters will receive a free conference registration and are welcome to attend the entire conference, including meals, receptions, and plenary events for June 9-11, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: All workshop presenters are responsible for all travel-related expenses, including transportation and hotel accommodations. Do not submit a proposal if you cannot accept responsibility for travel-related expenses. Speakers will have access to MHA‘s room block at the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill at a discounted rate.


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Accepted applicants will be notified by February 7, 2022.

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