Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Duckworth
Ken Duckworth’s journey into psychiatry started when he was a boy growing up with a dad who experienced severe bipolar disorder. His father was loving and kind, but periodically quite ill, hospitalized for months at a time. Ken became a psychiatrist in part to help his father.
Dr. Duckworth has served as the medical director of NAMI National since 2003. With other members of the senior leadership team, he has set the strategic direction of the organization and supported its mission to improve the lives of the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. According to world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Ned Hallowell, “Ken Duckworth is an American hero.”
Triple board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult, child/adolescent, and forensic psychiatry, Dr. Duckworth is currently an assistant clinical professor at Harvard University Medical School, an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health, and associate medical director for Behavioral Health at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Harvest of Hope is a full-day wellness conference for the local community. NAMI Mercer first hosted this event in 2009 to let those in the New Jersey Capital area know that we are committed to promoting good mental health for everyone and changing the way people view those with mental health challenges. Since then, we have held the conference every year in conjunction with National Mental Illness Awareness Week in October. Harvest of Hope, offers an inspirational keynote presentation, practical educational workshops, and memorable opportunities for social interaction. Participants can register for the full-day conference or choose to attend the keynote only.
At each conference, participants are able to attend two workshops of their choice. Subject areas for workshops include:
• Self-help techniques
• Creativity and wellness
• Nutrition and exercise
• Treatment options
• Implications of marijuana use, smoking, and vaping
• Coping with grief
Past Keynote Speakers
Partnering for Prevention and Recovery
Winning at Wellness
Living with Purpose
Finding Your Voice
Recovery through Discovery