The IMPACT Summit: College Student Mental Health Conference will be a day-long conference consisting of keynotes and educational break-out sessions focused on topics pertaining to college student mental health. Through educational dialogue, we hope to add to the community conversation surrounding mental health and assist in destigmatizing mental health concerns.
Thank you for your interest in submitting a session proposal for the May 2nd, 2018 IMPACT Summit on College Student Mental Health. The Advisory Committee is interested in providing participants a diverse array of educational sessions pertaining to college student mental health. Such topics might include sharing best practices or strategies; innovative programs and services; academic research studies; personal/professional stories and experiences relevant to the conference’s subject; and/or opportunities for discussing “hot topics” in college student mental health. All sessions are 50 minutes in length and should include time for participant discussion.
To assist you as you are planning your submission, here are the Learning Outcomes of the Conference:
The deadline to submit a proposal is January 15, 2018. The coordinating presenter will be contacted regarding session acceptance by January 30, 2018. Selected presenters will be asked to confirm their participation no later than February 15, 2018. To submit your proposal, click here.
Tentative Schedule: For the most up-to-date information visit https://www.missouristate.edu/impactsummit/ispresentations.htm.
The IMPACT Summit: College Student Mental Health Conference will be held on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. The Conference will be held in Plaster Student Union. See the directions to Missouri State.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the University Plaza, 333 S John Q Hammons Pkwy, Springfield, MO 65806 (0.9 miles from the MSU campus). Contact the hotel at (417) 864-7333 and ask for the MSU Mental Health Conference rate ($99 per night).
Visit the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau website or call 800-678-8767 to request a list of area hotels.
333 S John Q Hammons Pkwy, Springfield, MO 65806
Continental Breakfast Available
Kevin Hines is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. He is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today, Kevin dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope and sharing his art of living mentally well. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.
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