17 & 18

May 2019

Reducing Mental Health Disparities Through Sustaining and
Strengthening Healthy Communities: Increasing Knowledge through Research, Education and Practice


2016 Year in Review: Remembering the first Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health

The 2016 Symposium was held on May 6-7th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Greenville, SC.

The theme for 2016 was “Translating Research into Practice and Policy: Trends in Adult Psychiatry.” This annual educational forum  facilitated collaboration amongst patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, academicians and community partners for those suffering with mental illness.

The Symposium featured regional and national Mental Health Professionals as keynote speakers, such as actress and advocate Mariel Hemmingway, Dr. Vladimir Maletic, a leading expert on Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Dr. John Roberts, Board Certified in Psychiatry, Neurology, and Addiction Medicine.

The Executive Committee of the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health and our partners are committed to advancing the welfare of our communities through improving access to mental health care, knowledge and education.



Symposium Overview

The 2016 Southeastern Symposium on Mental health featured:

  • Top-notch psychiatrists, researchers, psychologists and clinicians providing tools and resources to advance and sustain recovery from mental illness
  • A program track specifically designed for the treatment of adults
  • Well-known persons and professionals discussing how they cope with their own mental illness or with family members who have mental illness, while providing stories of experience and perspective on recovery
  • Networking opportunities
  • Innovative and important topics about living with mental illness
  • Current research updates and innovative recovery initiatives

Keystone Events

Pre-Conference Event

The pre-conference event was held on Thursday, May 5 and addressed the topic “Building Bonds, Breaking Barriers: Voices of the Underserved”. This event included entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, special guests, and networking opportunities. Refer to the Agenda Details page for more information on the pre-conference event.

Dinner & Gala

The dinner was on the first floor of the main ballroom at the Hyatt on Friday, May 6th  from 6:00 -8:30 PM.  The Dinner Speaker was Mariel Hemingway.   Dinner tickets were $60.00 each, and tables could be purchased for $600.00 (10 seats).

Dinner Speaker, Mariel Hemingway

Mariel Hemingway is a celebrity, prolific author, healthy, lifestyle-brand entrepreneur, and a tireless mental health awareness and suicide prevention program advocate. She focuses on topics including: mind-body-spirit optimization, purposeful living, and mental health related issues.

Keynote Speakers

Vladimir Maletic, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Maletic also serves as a consulting associate with the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University.

Dr. Roberts serves as the Medical Director at the Pavillon, with nearly 20 years of experience acting as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. While there, Dr. Roberts was the attending psychiatrist for the Inpatient Dual Diagnosis Unit and the director of the Clinical Outpatient Division for the Center for Drugs and Alcohol Program.


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