Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health's conference to focus on the power of partnerships, May 18

Inviting campus and community stakeholders:

The Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health will host its 6th Biennial Conference: Reimagining Campus-CommUNITY Partnerships: Breaking Down the Silos from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

This year’s conference returns to an in-person setting with over ten breakout sessions, including an inaugural poster presentation session and a host of resources for the higher education community.


The morning will consist of an opening keynote address: "From Science to Social Action: Mental Health, Stigma, and Student Empowerment" by Dr. Bernice Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and Founding Director of the Indiana Consortium of Mental Health Research.

Currently Dr. Pescosolido leads the U.S. National Stigma Studies (US-NSS), the Stigma in Global Context – Mental Health Study, and the Person-to-Person Health Interview Study.

Dr. Pescosolido also serves as the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of Bring Change to Mind, and of the Stop Stigma Together Grand Challenge, as well as the director of the Irsay Institute at Indiana University. Additionally, Dr. Pescosolido is the principal investigator for the U Bring Change 2 Mind study (UBC2M), which aims to end the stigma around mental health among the college student population. Students are engaged and connected through education, open dialogue, and interventions that change attitudes around mental health while lowering the barriers to care. UBC2M uses a simple but strong philosophy: By students, for students.


The afternoon plenary titled "Impact and Opportunities for Peer Support in Higher Education" will include:

  • Kelly Davis, M.S., Associate Vice President of Peer, and Youth Advocacy at Mental Health America, and
  • co-presenter Rei Scott, AAS, Executive Board Member of Students, Students with Psychosis.

Davis was awarded the Disruptive Innovator Award by the National Association of Peer Supporters and the National Peer Leader of the Year Award by Peerpocalypse.

Her articles of her work and efforts have been published in the New York Times, Teen Vogue, NBC Nightly News, NPR and recognized by the White House. At the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as a research assistant in the Perelman School of Medicine, Davis studied lived experience perspectives of inpatient psychiatric units.

Scott is a current executive board member of Students with Psychosis and currently serves on the Mental Health America’s Young Mental Health Leaders Council and is currently studying social work at The Ohio State University.

Conference details and registration

Cost: $50. The registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch and continuing education credits for psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses and prevention professionals.

Objectives: The focus of this year’s conference will link how colleges and universities can collaborate with the campus-community to leverage the promotion of student safety & well-being, mental health awareness and campus suicide prevention efforts. The Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental acknowledges a sense of belonging and comprehensive approach to mental health and suicide prevention includes an investment from the entire campus-community.

See the conference agenda and how to register. Registration closes May 11.

Questions, please email opcsmh@neomed.edu.

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