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Thank you for joining us on Wednesday, May 16, for the Pathways to Wellness Conference held at Champlain College Conference and Event Center in Burlington, VT. The sun was shining as 200 mental health professionals, family members and peers gathered together to network, to discuss resources and services available, and to help fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Both of our keynote speakers shared personal stories during their presentations.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Powers delivered a thought-provoking keynote presentation addressing the current struggles of those affected by mental illness in America. In 2017, Powers published No One Cares About Crazy People – The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America, a searching, rich narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons’ battles with schizophrenia. (Arrangements for the appearance of Ron Powers made through Hachette Speakers bureau, New York, NY.)

 

We also welcomed Ronald Braunstein, as our second keynote presenter. He is the Co-Founder and Music Director of the Me2/Orchestras, classical music ensembles dedicated to erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness. He shared with the audience the struggles he faced in his mental health journey and in his musical career and how these struggles helped inspire him to create a musical organization where members have a place of acceptance and understanding, and where they can feel supported as they work to maintain good health. He discussed the goal behind the orchestra to create dialogue and erase the stigma surrounding mental illness and his thoughts to the future of expanding this musical movement.

Workshops and Presenters

The day featured six informative and compelling workshops. To view the descriptions and learn more about the presenters and panel discussion participants, visit: Conference Presentations Page

A Gallery of Photos

We captured many great photographs throughout the day. To view the gallery of photos from the day, visit our album on our NAMI Vermont Facebook page.

Our Sponsors and Exhibitors

This conference would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and exhibitors.

A very special thank you to our 2018 Sponsors:

 

And to our 2018 Exhibitors:
Another Way
Clara Martin Center
Community Health Centers of Burlington
Department of Veterans Affairs
Enhanced Life Options Group
Howard Center
Lamoille County Mental Health Services
Pathways Vermont
SASH (Support and Services at Home)
SNHU MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Vermont 2-1-1
Vermont Collaborative Care
Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement and Innovation (VCPI)
Vermont Suicide Prevention Center
Washington County Mental Health Services, Inc.