2015 Keynotes


Why Normal Isn’t Healthy:  Wellness and Wellbeing

Bowen White, MD
Staff WellnessYour job is to ensure the health and well-being of your students. But what about you? Who ensures that YOU are healthy? You do! In this keynote, Dr. White emphasizes the importance of being your own solution. Gain insight on cultivating healthy relationships with yourself and others, effectively creating a healthy work environment. Learn immediate, practical self-care strategies that you can implement at your work site to promote staff wellness. Funny, incisive and persuasive, Dr. White’s prescription for wellness is as easy to swallow as it is effective.

“Breaking the Silence/ New Mexico”
Changing the Conversation about Mental Illness

Caroline BonhamDirector of Community Behavioral Health Division, UNM Department of Psychiatry; Michele Herling, Founder, Compassionate Touch Network and Desiree Woodland, Compassionate Touch Network

Social and Emotional Well-BeingDid you know that over half of all mental health disorders have their onset by age 14 and appropriate treatment is often not sought because of stigma or lack of knowledge? Breaking the Silence/New Mexico (BTS/NM) uses the power of personal story in a structured interactive lesson for youth that challenges myths that reinforce stigma surrounding mental illness. Come listen as three individuals present 8-minute monologues about how mental illness has impacted their lives—Kaitlyn, 18 years old with a bipolar diagnosis; Micah, 39 years old with a bipolar diagnosis; and Belinda, a mom who wants to share her story about her son. Following the monologues, there will be a structured panel discussion moderated by Dr. Caroline Bonham. Attendees will learn about resources and strategies to support youth and their families who are living with mental illnesses, and will also learn how to bring BTS/NM trained facilitators into the classroom.

Health and Academic Achievement: Not just related but INSEPARABLE

Beverly Bradley, PhD, RN

Health Education & Life SkillsThe presentation will focus on the results of a new study that provides compelling evidence regarding/about the strength of the interrelationship of health and academic achievement.  The inverse relationship of 6 health risk behaviors have implications for policy-makers within our Nation’s agencies. These agencies are responsible for education and health as well as changes in practice for those who provide health care and education.  This review of 122 studies published in juried journals from 1985 to 2010 was published in the May Issue of Journal of Adolescent Health.