2022 Harvest of Hope
14th ANNUAL WELLNESS CONFERENCE
Weathering the Storm
Saturday, October 1, 2022
The Conference Center at Mercer County College
Featured Guest: Ginger Zee
Ginger is known to millions of “Good Morning, America” viewers as ABC News’ chief meteorologist and as the third-place finalist in the 2016 season of “Dancing with the Stars.” She also is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, “A Little Closer to Home” and “Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I Am One.”
In these memoirs, Ginger describes her difficult mental health journey to recovery from anorexia and depression. She motivates readers with her resilience and shares her self-care tools to maintain healing. Our conference theme “Weathering the Storm” was inspired by Ginger’s life story.
The year's workshops include:
- Ask the Doctor –Dr. Mark Komrad
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - Lona Stranieri
- Dual Diagnosis: What It Means and Best Approaches for Recovery- Andrea Crea, MA, LAMFT, and Chelsea Kennedy, MAHS
- Meditation and Yoga: Journey toward Awareness – Leao Breakenridge
- Practical Strategies: Handling Everyday Stress – Carol Rickard
Introducing Compelling Conversations
Conference attendees also will have the experience of engaging in “Compelling Conversations,” a new anti-stigma program developed by NAMI Mercer to normalize conversations on mental health. The program connects persons who have lived experience with mental health challenges (called “communicators”) with very small groups of participants who will have an opportunity to learn through open dialogue. These conversations will be personal and confidential.
Harvest of Hope is NAMI Mercer's annual wellness conference first hosted in 2009 to let everyone in the New Jersey Capital area know that we are committed to promoting good mental health and changing the way people view those who experience mental health challenges. Since then, we have held the conference every year in conjunction with National Mental Illness Awareness Week in October. This year's Harvest of Hope is slated to return to an in-person format, including an inspirational celebrity interview and practical workshops with the opportunity for some interaction with our presenters.
View the conference brochure here.
Registration for Harvest of Hope 2022 is now closed.
Directions to The Conference Center at Mercer County College are available here.
Past Keynote Speakers
2021: My Pain, From Pain to Purpose
2020: Creating Mental Harmony in Times of Uncertainty
2019: Dream Big. Act Now. Know the Science.
2018: Partnering for Prevention and Recovery
Winning at Wellness
Living with Purpose
Finding Your Voice
Recovery through Discovery