18 & 19

May 2018

Mental Health Collaborations: Diversity and Inclusion-
Integrating Research, Education, and Practice


Welcome to the 2018 Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health Collaborations: Diversity and Inclusion-Integrating Research, Education, and Practice!

The 2018 Symposium will be held on May 18-19th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

The theme for 2018 is Mental Health Collaborations: Diversity and Inclusion – Integrating Research, Education, and Practice. This annual educational forum will facilitate collaboration among patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, academicians and community partners for those suffering with mental illness.

The Executive Committee of the SESMH and our partners are committed to advancing the welfare of our communities through improving access to mental health care, knowledge and education. We are excited about the diversity of our program and the culmination of our collaborative efforts. We look forward to your participation in this annual event.





The 2018 Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health will feature:

  • Top-notch psychiatrists, researchers, psychologists and clinicians providing tools and resources to advance and sustain recovery from mental illness
  • Professional and mental health consumers discussing how they cope with their own mental illness  and with clients or  family members who have mental illness, while providing stories of experience and perspective on recovery
  • Networking opportunities
  • Topics about living with mental illness
  • Cutting-edge research updates and innovative recovery initiatives


Friday, May 18, 2018
Dinner Speaker, Founder and President of Mindstrong Health, Thomas R. Insel, MD
Thomas R. Insel, M.D, Founder and President of Mindstrong Health, is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed to research on mental disorders. Most recently he led the Mental Health Team at Verily.

Prior to his appointment at the NIMH, Dr. Insel was a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Emory University School of Medicine. He also served as Director of the Center for Autism Research and is a member of the scientific advisory board at the Autism Science Foundation. Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe.

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Luncheon Speaker, ABC News Anchor, Elizabeth Vargas
Emmy-Award winning journalist, television anchor, and investigative reporter Elizabeth Vargas has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting interviews with world leaders and other influential newsmakers. She is currently the co-anchor of “20/20” with David Muir.

Elizabeth’s childhood was beset by anxiety and she suffered from daily, debilitating panic attacks before self-medicating with alcohol as an adult. In 2014, Elizabeth revealed both her alcoholism and her anxiety disorder on national television. Since then, she has become an outspoken and impactful advocate for mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Her powerful book, Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction, was an instant New York Times and USA Today best-seller.

GHS Health Sciences Center Partners