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One Goal. One Platform. Common Solutions.

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 & Select Participants 

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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Co-chairman, Military Mental Health Caucus 

Rep. Tim Ryan

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Colorado Congressman
Co-chair, Gun Violence Task Force

Rep. Ed Perlmutter

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Author, Speaker, Executive Coach President, Project Victory

Craig F. Schindler

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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!

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, Ben Miller, Ken Weil, Tom Barrett, Sarah Davidon and Lacey Berumen on July 25th. In this event we will integrate the ideas from the Summit, identify priorities and develop relevant mental health policy. If you are interested and would like to attend, please fill in the application form and send it now. We will get back to you. 

Only people registered for the summit are eligible to be considered. 

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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.

CALMING KIDS: Creating a Non-Violent World is a 501(c)3 organization that reduces bullying and violence and increases concentration and mindfulness for school age students by training adults, children and teens using an evidence based curriculum of yoga education.

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!”

The Summit continues with the historic event America Meditates, the largest group meditation in U.S. history where few thousand people will meditate together to contribute to a society free of stress and violence.

Our intention is to bring together thousands of people and thus generate a shift in mass consciousness. Past research has shown that when 1% of the population meditates simultaneously, the effect radiates out and the health and well-being of the entire population is positively impacted.By bringing people together in an energy of peace, America Meditates will raise the vibration of our country and the world as we stand together for a loving and non-violent society.

At 6 pm, Summit participants will walk across the street to City Park, the site of the America Meditates event for an evening of music, ceremony, inspiring messages from renowned speakers and celebrities, performances and the powerful group meditation.


The Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Rabbi Abraham Cooper

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Professor of Emergency Medicine,  San Antonio UT Health Science Center, 
Lieutenant Colonel  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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Executive Director of the Veterans Health Administration’s National Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation 

Tracy Gaudet, MD

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Internationally Acclaimed Activist , #1 NYTimes Bestselling Author, Presidential Candidate 

Marianne Williamson

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Director, Community Mobilization for the Red Cross 

Anjana Dayal de Prewitt 

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Founder Minister/World Spiritual Leader of Hillside International Truth Center, Inc

Bishop Dr. Barbara Lewis King

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22 July25 July

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.  

Founder & President of Give an Hour, and incoming Executive Director of the Task Force PREVENTS 

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Progressive Spiritual Teacher, Thought leader,
Sacred Activist/Humanist and Peace Agent

Carlton Pearson

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MD participants who attend the training on July 22nd, will receive 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits under ACCME standards and Nurses who attend the training on July 22nd, will receive 7 CNE contact hours under ANCC standards. 

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for 10 Continuing Education Contact Hours when you attend the summit on July 23rd & 24th.

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

Farnaaz Sharief

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Majestè Amour Pearson 

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Director, Brahma Kumaris Meditation Museums, Host, America Meditating Radio 

Sister Jenna

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Director of Research & Child and Adolescent Strategy at Mental Health Colorado

Sarah Davidon,

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America Meditates

Partner - Health Industries , PWC 

Anil Swami

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ex-VP and General Manager, American Express 

Ruchika Lal 

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Johann Berlin 

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ex-CHRO Quintiles 

Garrett Walker

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After registration you will gain access to an additional day of training on July 22nd 

Clinical Professor Emeritus
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
University of Denver 

Tom Barrett, Ph.D. 

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Chief Medical Officer of Cerner Corporation

David Nill

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Senior Advisor – Smart & Connected Communities of Cisco Systems

Daniel Stewart

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Mental Health in the News

SVP and Chief Technology Officer of Gap Inc  

Rathi Murthy 

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COO of Udacity 

Lalit Singh

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CEO of Give an Hour 

Randy Phelps, Ph.D. 

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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!

One Goal. One Platform. Common Solutions.

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. 

Award winning principal, educational strategist, and transformational coach 

Johane Ligondé 

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Executive Director National Mental Health Innovation Center 

Matt Vogl, MPH

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Wholeness Center

Scott Shannon, MD, ABIHM

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America Meditates 

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

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

JULY 23 & 24 • DENVER, CO

Our nation’s state of mental health is being challenged.

 Today, 1 in 5 American adults and children aged 13-18 live with a mental health condition. 

Only half of them seek professional help.

 Today, 20 veterans die by suicide on a daily basis.

 Today, 70% of youth identify anxiety and depression as the top problem impacting students.

 Today, $193 billion in earnings is lost annually due to serious mental illness in America.

 These are just a few examples of the challenges our nation is facing at home, in health care, education, business, and policy.

 Today, standing on the shoulders of giants in the mental health field, we must come together and collaborate across silos to find solutions.

 The time is now – we can't afford to lose anyone else.

 Join other leaders from education, healthcare, business, policy, law enforcement, and spirituality to build a mental health model that can rise to the challenges of the present and future.

 We can do this, if we do it together. 

Board Member, Interfaith Power and Light 

Rev. Dr. 
Gerald L. Durley

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Ayurvedic Doctor, Founder and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner at Roots of Wellness Ayurveda in Boulder, CO 

Heather Baines 

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TRACKtech™ is a comprehensive platform offering whole-person rehabilitation and monitoring services, connecting supervised individuals to prosocial, community-based resources, ultimately reducing recidivism and increasing public safety.

Mental Health Partners:   
In alignment with our mission – Healing is our purpose. Help is our promise. Health is our passion. – Mental Health Partners (MHP) provides immediate access to expert mental health and substance use care so people can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives. For more information or to access services, call (303) 443-8500 or visit www.mhpcolorado.org.

Enjoy this interview on Untangle, the podcast from 5-star app Meditation Studio.  Chairwoman Katherine Sellery and Annelies Richmond share their wisdom on the upcoming Mental Health Summit in Denver.

Katherine Sellery and Annelies Richmond: Curious about our Mental Health Epidemic? Click here to check it out!

LA Based Singer/Songwriter 


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Narayanan, M.D.

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Todd Nelson, D.Sc.

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Director of Behavioral Science for TRACKtech, LLC

Dr. Lacey Berumen, PhD, LAC, MAC, MNM, ADS

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Senior Instructor, Art of Living Foundation

Michael Fischman 

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International Faculty of the Art of Living Foundation| Teaching Meditation since 1975 

John Osborne 

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11th grader at Immaculate Heart Academy| Artist 

Lea Gagnon 

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National Coordinator for SKY the Campus Happiness Program | Meditator |IAHV 

Kelsi Lynde 

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Psychology Student at the University of Southern California| cofounders of "Times I Got Wrecked" website 

Pia Sellery 

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International Meditation Teacher with IAHV and Art of Living Foundation| Ballet Dancer 

Annelies Richmond 

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Executive US Director of the YES! for Schools program| Theater Director/performer  

Elan Gepner Dales  

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VP Client Services, TLEX U.S.A.| Consultant and Trainer 

Jennifer Stevenson 

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Executive Director, International Association For Human Values (IAHV) 

Filiz Odabas-Geldiay 

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Group Managing Director — FAIA, NCARB

John Sellery

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