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6 Reasons to Attend the 2024 MHFA Summit and NatCon24

While finding inspiration within the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) community online is invaluable, the real magic comes to life when you step into the heart of our annual conference. The 2024 MHFA Summit and NatCon24 will connect you with countless people from across the country, including experts in our field and sought-after speakers who will leave you feeling rejuvenated and truly inspired.

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing invites you to learn alongside more than 5,000 health care professionals at NatCon24 in St. Louis. We’ll kick things off with the MHFA Summit — exclusively for MHFA Instructors and Coordinators — on April 14, followed by NatCon24 from April 15-17. NatCon24 is open to anyone who is committed to transforming communities and saving lives through mental health and substance use care. This includes mental health care providers, treatment organizations, Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Instructors, National Trainers and Coordinators.

NatCon brings powerful voices to the forefront to educate, inspire and offer new perspectives. Want to learn more? Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect from each event and why you won’t want to miss them this year!

3 Reasons to Attend NatCon24

NatCon24 is the largest conference in mental health and substance use treatment — a destination for next-level learning, connections and insight. It’s where you can boost your operations, maximize your impact and increase your knowledge base. From expert-led presentations and entertainment to special events and technology exhibits, NatCon24 is a melting pot of ideas, strategies and solutions and there’s something for everyone there. Register here!

1. Get inspired and learn from the best.

Immerse yourself in next-level learning. NatCon features presentations from renowned speakers and discussions on hot topics, social issues and policy opportunities. You’ll hear from 400+ presenters, get clarity on current issues and leave with solutions for today’s challenges! Check out our featured speakers.

2. Customize your conference with diverse learning tracks 

There’s something for everyone at NatCon24. With hundreds of hours of world-class content, you’ll get to choose from unique sessions on topics like crisis response, rural health care, suicide prevention, and diversity, equity and inclusion, while accessing hundreds of hours of premium content.  

3. Connect with the mental health community and meet industry leaders  

Join us in our Exhibit Hall to connect with industry-leading organizations and health care professionals. Network with peers and colleagues to share best practices and insights. Engage 200+ exhibitors and sponsors offering tools, services and technologies to help you get more out of your mental health and substance use treatment.

3 Reasons to Attend the 2024 MHFA Summit

The MHFA Summit is an excellent place to build your skills as a MHFA Instructor, Coordinator or National Trainer, whether you’re teaching Adult MHFA, Youth MHFA, teen MHFA or one of our community-specific courses. You’ll have opportunities to listen to informative panels, experienced professionals and industry experts that will strengthen your teaching skills. Register here. 

1. Earn continuing education credits.

You’ll have the chance to listen to expert panels on a wide range of topics related to Mental Health First Aid. From funding your MHFA initiative to cultural awareness, there’s so much to learn at this exclusive event. Plus, you may even be able to earn continuing education units (CEUs) to expand your professional development!

2. Gain insights on creating your own sustainable MHFA program.  

The Summit will teach you ways to roll out MHFA in your community, expand awareness and reach new audiences. These efforts are more important than ever as the need for mental health care continues to grow, especially with youth.

3. Network! 

Instructors, Coordinators and National Trainers from around the country attend the MHFA Summit, so it’s an excellent place to network. Chat with other new and experienced Coordinators and Instructors about their best practices and advice. You’ll make lifelong connections — and possibly uncover opportunities to co-instruct — that will help you contribute toward MHFA’s goal of training 1 in 15 people across the country to recognize and respond to someone facing a mental health or substance use challenge. 

More than an event, NatCon24 and the MHFA Summit are opportunities to invest in yourself, your organization and your community. Whether you attend MHFA Summit, NatCon24 or both, you’ll stoke your passion for being a part of the MHFA community when you hear inspiring stories from speakers who remind us why we do what we do to #BeTheDifference. Don’t miss this highly anticipated learning opportunity!  Register today.  

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