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The Bermuda Mental Health Foundation (BMHF) is excited to announce our upcoming 2-day conference, “Moving Forward Together,” taking place on October 26 and October 27, 2023. The conference will feature local professionals and industry stakeholders and will cover a range of topics related to mental health and wellness. October 26th is a virtual day and October 27th is an in-person day at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI).

DAY 1 VIRTUAL

Mindful Employer Certification program

The Mindful Employer Certification (MEC) Program is an initiative that seeks to challenge, highlight, and cultivate company cultures that put mental health as a workplace priority. The Mindful Employer Certification ensures that employers are in compliance with existing legislation while challenging them to develop, implement, or enhance sound policies and practices around mental health. The MEC Program begins with a baseline assessment of your company’s existing policies and practices and measures them against a set of key standards aimed at fostering a mentally healthy workplace. By providing a grading system, certificates, and badges, your Mindful Employer Certification provides your organization with a tangible way of making a strong statement about your commitment to your staff’s mental wellness.

TRENDS IN MALE MENTAL HEALTH- PANEL DISCUSSION: The Father, Son, Brother… and their Mental Health

In this thought-provoking panel discussion, we will focus on the often-overlooked topic of male mental health. Our diverse panel of experts will explore the unique challenges that men face regarding mental well-being and how societal norms can impact their willingness to seek help. By fostering open dialogue and understanding, we hope to destigmatize male mental health struggles and provide insights into effective support mechanisms. Join us as we shed light on the latest trends and initiatives promoting mental wellness in men.

Is Data driving value-based behavioral healthcare being used to get results?

Join us for an engaging virtual session as we delve into the realm of data-driven value-based behavioral healthcare. In this hour-long session, expert speakers will explore how data analytics and evidence-based practices are revolutionizing the mental health landscape, leading to improved patient outcomes and quality of care. We will discuss the latest advancements in leveraging data to make informed decisions and tailor treatments to individual needs. Discover how technology is transforming the way mental health services are delivered, fostering a more personalized and effective approach.

Working in mental health: Education, Licensing and Disciplines

This virtual session is dedicated to examining the critical aspects of working in the mental health field. From education and licensing requirements to various disciplines within mental health care, we aim to provide valuable insights for aspiring and seasoned mental health professionals alike. Our esteemed panel of experts will discuss the qualifications necessary for different roles, the importance of ongoing education, and opportunities for career growth in the mental health sector. Whether you are a student considering a career in mental health or a professional seeking to expand your horizons, this session is designed to guide you on your path to success.

Accessing Mental Health Services (Challenges and Anti Sigma)

Join us for a compelling panel discussion centered on the critical issue of accessing mental health services. Our panelists will explore the challenges faced by individuals seeking mental health support and the stigma that often surrounds mental health care. We will discuss the initiatives and strategies being implemented to remove barriers to access, ensuring that mental health services are available and approachable for all. Let’s work together to build a more inclusive and supportive mental health ecosystem.

Impact on families, parenting while impaired, generational impact

This virtual session delves into the profound impact of mental health challenges on families. Through an insightful exploration of parenting, while dealing with mental health issues, we aim to provide support and understanding to families navigating this complex journey. Our expert speakers will shed light on the generational impact of mental health struggles, emphasizing the significance of early intervention and family support systems. By discussing coping mechanisms and resources, we aspire to empower families to break the cycle and foster mental wellness across generations.

The Effects of Screen Time and Social Media on Youth Mental Health

In this virtual conference session, we delve into the impact of screen time and social media on the mental health of today’s youth. Our expert speakers will explore the potential risks and benefits, addressing concerns about digital engagement. We aim to provide practical strategies for fostering a positive digital environment and promoting responsible online behavior. Join us as we work together to support the well-being of our youth in the digital age. “Moving Forward Together” has never been more important.

DAY 2 IN PERSON

Mindful Employer Certification program

The Mindful Employer Certification (MEC) Program is an initiative that seeks to challenge, highlight, and cultivate company cultures that put mental health as a workplace priority. The Mindful Employer Certification ensures that employers are in compliance with existing legislation while challenging them to develop, implement, or enhance sound policies and practices around mental health. The MEC Program begins with a baseline assessment of your company’s existing policies and practices and measures them against a set of key standards aimed at fostering a mentally healthy workplace. By providing a grading system, certificates, and badges, your Mindful Employer Certification provides your organization with a tangible way of making a strong statement about your commitment to your staff’s mental wellness.

Mental Health in the Workplace (Rate of Burnout, anxiety and Depression are at record levels): Race to Finding the Balance with Hybrid Offices.- PANEL DISCUSSION

Join us for an enlightening in-person panel discussion on mental health in the workplace. As burnout, anxiety, and depression reach record levels, it is crucial to address the well-being of employees. Our esteemed panelists will discuss the feasibility and potential benefits of transitioning to a 4-day workweek to promote better work-life balance and mental wellness. We will explore the impact of the traditional 5-day workweek on employees’ mental health and productivity, examining success stories and best practices from organizations that have embraced alternative work arrangements. Let’s work together to create a healthier and more productive work environment. Finding the balance with hybrid offices work week.

Adolescents Mental Health Research

This in-person session will present an update on the latest research and developments in adolescent mental health. We will explore the unique challenges that young individuals face in today’s fast-paced world and how research is guiding the development of effective intervention and support programs. Our expert speakers will delve into the importance of early identification and intervention in adolescent mental health issues. Attendees will gain valuable insights into promoting positive mental health in young individuals, fostering resilience and well-being.

Mentally Healthy Home Environments for ALL members of the Family

A mentally healthy home environment lays the foundation for individual well-being and family harmony. In this insightful in-person session, our expert speakers will provide guidance on cultivating a supportive and emotionally nurturing home for all family members. We will explore effective communication techniques, conflict resolution strategies, and the importance of emotional validation. Participants will gain practical tips on promoting mental wellness in children, parents, and other family members, creating a thriving and resilient home environment.

Mothers Mental Respite: Imposter Syndrome and Superwoman Syndrome

This powerful in-person panel discussion addresses the mental well-being of mothers, shedding light on the imposter and superwoman syndromes they may experience. Our panelists will delve into the challenges that many mothers face in balancing various roles and expectations. We will discuss strategies to overcome feelings of inadequacy and the importance of self-care for mothers’ mental well-being. Join us to learn from personal experiences and professional insights to support mothers in their journey to mental respite and self-compassion.

The Educators Mental Health: Are we prioritizing mental wellness for our educators - Panel Discussion

Educators play a pivotal role in shaping young minds and communities, but their mental well-being is often overlooked. In this in-person panel discussion, we will address the mental health challenges faced by educators and the importance of prioritizing their well-being. Our panelists will share their experiences and insights into creating a supportive work environment that values mental wellness. Join us to explore strategies for supporting educators in their journey toward maintaining good mental health, ultimately benefiting both educators and students alike.

Digital Age and the Impacts on Mental Health: A dive into social media and technology... Significant implications or not?

Join us for a compelling discussion on the digital age’s impact on mental health, with a particular focus on social media and technology. Our expert speakers will analyze the latest research and insights into how the digital world influences mental well-being. Through an exploration of social media’s pros and cons, we aim to promote responsible digital usage while addressing potential risks to mental health. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of striking a balance between the benefits and challenges of the digital age to safeguard their mental well-being.

Mental Health Medications: program: Are They One Size Fits All? The Role of Pharmacogenetics"

Discover how the field of pharmacogenetics is reshaping mental health treatment in “Mental Health Medications: Are They One Size Fits All? The Role of Pharmacogenetics.” Join Dr. Carika Weldon to explore how genetic variations impact medication responses. This session unveils how pharmacogenetics enables personalized medication plans, ensuring greater effectiveness and reduced side effects. Gain insights into the future of mental health treatment, where genetic insights lead to more precise and impactful care.

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors