Mental health awareness

This year, we thought it was incredibly important to acknowledge our current environment and the effects it’s having on our mental health. These uncertain times are stressful and the feeling of anxiety that we are collectively feeling is not only normal but expected under the circumstances. 

Americans are experiencing everything from isolation and anxiety to excess drinking, depression and suicidal thoughts. Coronavirus, and social distancing have touched almost every aspect of life. On the home front, we are seeing relationships strained. Children are facing a greater risk of abuse, in addition to experiencing worry, anxiety and fear themselves. Major stressors like losing your job, being furloughed, not knowing if you can pay your mortgage this month can be emotionally devastating and contribute to depression and substance abuse.

When times are hard, we look to and lean on our community for help and resources. Inspired by the way our community here in Tampa Bay has come together for this cause, we are fortunate to be in a position to deliver a more hopeful message today.

Through our panel at the conference, we will be introducing you to local rising stars in the field of mental health wellness and innovation. They embody the strength of our community and the power of connections first-hand. It is our hope that the conversations among our panellists will leave you with much-needed tools to navigate these unprecedented times, along with ways to support your family, friends, and those around you who may be struggling and need help.

“It’s extremely important that we recognize that anxiety is contagious, but so is compassion. And there are ways in which we can bring our communities together, even if virtually. We can take advantage of the technologies that are now at our fingertips. We can encourage positive community outcomes such as altruistic behaviour, social cohesion, volunteerism, reaching out to those who are living alone or who are seniors.”

— Roxane Cohen Silver, Ph.D., Professor of Psychological Science, Medicine, and Public Health at University of California, Irvine

Michael Tomor

Executive Director at Tampa Museum of Art

Johnny Crowder

CEO of Copes Notes

Aakash Patel

President at Elevate Inc.

Rosa Shores

CEO/Co-Founder of Blockspaces


Dr. Rahul Mehra

CEO and Chief Physician Executive at National Center for Performance Health, Medical Director at The Children's Home Inc.