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Over 8,000 attendees expected in person and virtually over 3 days

Alexandria, VA – MHA is excited to welcome an incredible lineup of Main Stage speakers for our 2022 Annual Conference: Forward Together: Recovery, Healing, Hope, taking place June 9-11 in Washington, D.C., and online.

Just-announced special guests:

Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon: As Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Delphin-Rittmon is dedicated to reducing the impact of substance use and mental illness on America's communities.

Congressman Jamie Raskin: As U.S. representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, in July 2022, Raskin co-led the 988 Implementation Act, a bill to provide funding and guidance for states to staff up their crisis call centers and to build out a full crisis response infrastructure.

Bassey Ikpi: New York Times best-selling author Ikpi is a Nigerian American, ex-poet, current writer, and constant mental health advocate.

Allison Schmitt: Ten-time swimming world champion medalist, Schmitt is a passionate mental health advocate who continues to share her own journey with depression in hopes of breaking the stigma and helping others.

Kana Enomoto: As the director of brain health for the McKinsey Health Institute, Enomoto specializes in behavioral health, public health, and delivery-system reform.

At MHA’s Annual Conference, we will bring together MHA affiliates, peers, providers, government officials, media, and key stakeholders to talk about what it means to recover mentally from the COVID-19 pandemic. MHA witnessed increasing numbers of people experiencing anxiety, depression, psychosis, loneliness, and other mental health concerns these past two years, in addition to the largest number of opioid deaths in our history. We will discuss how to heal from all this and explore the intersecting equity issues that exist. These events unequally affected many Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), putting certain groups more at risk and placing an undue burden on the frontline and care economies.

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About Mental Health America

Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all. MHA’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal. Learn more at