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July 22nd - July 25th 
Denver, CO

National Summit for Mental Health and Mental Fitness: 
Practical Solutions for Creating a Culture of Peace

National Summit for Mental Health and Fitness: Practical Solutions for Creating a Culture of Peace

One Goal. One Platform. Common Solutions.

Awareness is only the start. Implementation is the key!

The 2019 Mental Health & Fitness Summit creates a common platform for experts and change-makers to come together, share their unique vision and expertise, and reach common solutions for the future of mental health. The summit aims to build an integrated community mental health model to be implemented throughout the United States. We invite you to join us in taking this movement forward. 

There are excellent service providers operating in silos. Yet, there are integrated models in other countries, but in the USA we have not had a community mental health model since 1972. This is a participatory summit. We have top government policy makers coming to the event. Come make history as we build this integrated community health model collaboratively!

2019 Summit Goals

+ Continue the Crucial Dialogue about Mental Health in Our Society Today

+ Explore Individual Needs & Institutional Changes to improve Overall Mental Health 

+ Further a Holistic Understanding of Mental Wellbeing 

+ Support an Integrated Approach to Wellbeing & Creating a Culture of Peace 

+ Identify Effective Strategies that Reduce the Stigma Around Mental Health 

+ Empower & Equip Individuals to Support Mental Health in their Communities 

+ Present Practical & Tactical Solutions to assist those working in Integrated Care 

+ Develop a Shared Road Map to continue our shared mission


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Reality of Mental Health in America

+ 43.8 million adults, 21.4% youth aged 13-18 and 13% of children aged 8-15, experiences mental illness in a given year.

+ Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 10-34. 

+ Only 41 % of adults and 50.6% of children with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. 

+ 46% of homeless adults live with severe mental illness and/ or substance use disorders. 

+ Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide

+ 20% of state prisoners have "a recent history" of a mental health condition. 

+ Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. 

+ Among comparable countries, the U.S. has the highest rate of deaths from mental illness.

+ Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three­ quarters by age 24 

Summit Speakers

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 

Humanitarian, Spiritual Leader
Ambassador of Peace

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Founder and President, GIFT Foundation
worked for 8 US presidents

Sam Beard

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Founder & Vice Chairman,
Communities in Schools

Bill Milliken

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Military Mental Health Caucus,
Presidential Candidate

Rep. Tim Ryan

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Colorado Congressman
Co-chair, Gun Violence Task Force

Rep. Ed Perlmutter

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UN Assistant Secretary-General
for Strategic Coordination

Fabrizio Hochschild

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Author, Speaker, Executive Coach
President, Project Victory

Craig F. Shindler

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Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Bill Ritter, Co-founder and Principal, Social Impact Solutions

Ken Weil 

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Science Director, Stanford Center for
Compassion and Altruism
Research and Education

Emma Seppala

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Stay tuned!  New Speakers are added weekly!

Founder & President of 
Give an Hour

Barbara Van Dahlen 

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Elected Governing Body Member and
Clinical Lead for Mental Health, NHS
Medway Clinical Commissioning Group

Farnaaz Sharief

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Executive Director
World Health Organization Office
at the United Nations

Nata Menabde

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CEO and Managing Director
Total Brain

Louis Gagnon

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Native American Spiritual Teacher

Jonathon WolfWalker Starr

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Special Event! The Policymaking Luncheon


Are you a policy maker or interested in being at the table? Join the Policymaking Luncheon with Sam Beard and Bill Milliken on July 25th. In this event we will integrate the ideas from the Summit, identify priorities and develop relevant mental health policy. Register now as seats are limited to only 50 participants.

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Tentative Agenda

23 July24 July

Venue Details

East High School: 1600 City Park Esplanade, Denver, CO 80206

Organizations Partnering

Mental Health Colorado is the state’s leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and an affiliate of Mental Health America.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

We’re All A Little “Crazy” is a 501c3 founded by 15-year professional sports executive, Eric Kussin, bringing together Athletes, Celebrities, and Expert Practitioners.

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Come join the movement as we make history to build a more integrated and holistic mental health model together.


Join the Summit and receive a one-year free access ($80 value) to Total Brain, a digital platform that can help you understand and manage your mental health and fitness!”

One Goal. One Platform. Common Solutions.

In order to be happy, healthy and productive human beings, we must address the mental health challenges that affect us and those we love. We must recognize that unaddressed mental health challenges can contribute to crime, violence, depression and suicide. And we must be present for ourselves and others. Bringing together the mental health and meditation communities for this important conversation sets the stage for inspiration and true collaboration.

The Summit continues with America Meditates, we are planning the Biggest Meditation in U.S. history where more than 20,000 people will meditate together for a society free of stress and violence. We aim to bring people together in order to generate a shift in consciousness and inspire healthier and happier people. Past research has shown that getting 1% of the population to meditate in a given area - which affects the mental health and wellbeing - is shown to reduce crime by 24%, leading to a healthier society. So by bringing people together in a peaceful meditation with the intention of better mental health America Meditates will raise awareness and inspire the public to stand together for better mental wellbeing.

The Summit participants will walk  at 6pm across the street to City Park for meditation, music, ceremony, local performers and celebrities.


The 2019 National Summit for Mental Health and Fitness brings together thought leaders, advocates and those with lived experience from across sectors to share ideas and  strategies.  This gathering will be guided by a key question:  How can diverse perspectives on healing emotional pain and suffering come together to create something new and innovative that can reach those who are suffering?  

The goal of the summit is to expand the vision of what is possible in community mental health systems.  We will explore a variety of multi-disciplinary  approaches that incorporate evidence based, holistic, complementary and alternative approaches in an attempt to treat the whole person.   This will make it possible for mental health professionals to offer services which are more integrated and oriented around promoting wellbeing as well as treating mental illness. 

This two day summit will bring together policy makers, media representatives, government officials as well as leaders from business,  education, healthcare, law enforcement, veteran affairs, prison reform for open and honest conversations aimed at improving the mental health in our families, our schools, and our communities.  Join subject matter experts, parents, students, veterans and those with lived experience as we work toward a common mission. 

The Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Rabbi Abraham Cooper

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Professor of Emergency Medicine, 

the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 
Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) in 
United States Army

Dr. Robert Carter

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Associate Research Faculty, Laboratory of Molecular Neuroimaging Faculty, UCLA

Dara Ghahremani, Ph.D.

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Chief Strategy Officer for Well Being Trust

Benjamin F. Miller, Psy. D.

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Director, Office of Patient Centered Care (10NE), Veterans Health Administration

Tracy Gaudet, MD

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Internationally Acclaimed Lecturer, Activist and Author of Four #1 New York Times Bestselling Books

Marianne Williamson

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Assoc. Dir. for Psychosocial Support and Protection at Save the Children US Programs

Anjana Prewitt 

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