Mental Health Fair

When: November 11, 2023
Where: Suntree United Methodist Church
7400 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne FL
Time: 8:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

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The 2023 Mental Health Fair

The 6th Annual "Dare to C.A.R.E (Community Awareness & Response for Everyone)".


This event will take place in-person, featuring sessions led by national experts in mental health.

Our Keynote Address "Resiliency, Surviving Loss, Love, and Life” will be delivered by Chaplain Norris Burkes Lt.Col, USAF, ret., nationally syndicated spiritual columnist

2023 Mental Health Fair Breakout Sessions

A. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Hope and Help for Healing | Dr. Mike Ronsisvalle PSYD & Dr. Kerri Guadagni PSYD, Livewell Behavioral Health

B. Caring For and Coping With a Seriously Mentally Ill Loved One | Mary Pat Arellano, NAMI Florida Family to Family Trainer

C. Neuroscience of Addiction: Understanding the Disease Model | Laura McCarthy, Exec. Dir. Brevard Recovery Fest

D. The Fentanyl Crisis and Why We Should Care | Suzy Pereira, Founder & Chair, The Blue Plaid Society

E. Tools for Self-Care and Mental Health Wellness | Stephanie Byrd, MS, LMP, Ascend Counseling & Wellness, Brooke Goldfarb, J.D., RYT, President, Peaceful Beach Mediation & Collaboration, Inc.

F. Finding Good in Grief | John Baggett, M-Div., MA, Ph.D., author of Finding the Good in Grief (Kregel Publishing, 2013) | Diane Baggett, RN, MSN, GC-C, PLCC, Suntree Counseling Services

G. Mentally Healthy Families | Rev. Joel Lusz, Youth Pastor, Reese Renfro, Student Leader

H. Levels of Care: Mental Health Services Available and Services Needed | Ethel Andrews, MD, Atlantic Psychiatric Centers