With generous funding from the Dr’s Bruce and Lee Foundation, the Nemec-Abbott Foundation, Marion Health Foundation, and The Dailey Family, The Jonathan Foundation in collaboration with Pee Dee Department of Health and Environmental Control and Pee Dee Mental Health is pleased to offer the 1st Annual Brighter Days Conference. The conference is being provided as a free community service as the culmination of our work on three projects in support of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AK+FSP) Project 2025 to reduce suicide by 20% by 2025.

The conference will provide no cost education and training for the target audiences of:
• Healthcare: Counseling/Primary Care/Emergency Departments
• Education: Public and Church-based Schools
• First Responders: Law Enforcement, EMS, and Mobile Crisis Units

Our keynote speaker will be Dr Daniel Amen, world-renowned founder of the Amen Clinic, BrainMD, and Amen University. Dr Amen’s mission is to end mental illness by creating a revolution in brain health. Amen Clinics has the world’s largest database of brain scans for psychiatry totaling more than 250,000 SPECT scants on patients from 155 countries. His keynote session will discuss how neuroscience is transforming psychiatry and helping patients prevent or reverse mental health disorders. The conference highlight will be a private VIP Executive Session for health care executives, legislators, and key members of the mental health community to ask questions and dialogue with Dr Amen about the mental health developments in our community including the new MUSC/McLeod collaborative on a new Behavioral Health Hospital and the PDMH transitions care grant.

Our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Daniel Amen

Dr. Daniel Amen’s mission is to end mental illness by creating a revolution in brain health. He is dedicated to providing the education, products, and services to accomplish this goal. Dr. Amen is a physician, adult and child psychiatrist, and founder of Amen Clinics with 11 locations across the U.S. Amen Clinics has the world’s largest database of brain scans for psychiatry totaling more than 250,000 SPECT scans on patients from 155 countries. He is the founder of BrainMD, a fast growing, science-based nutraceutical company, and Amen University, which has trained thousands of medical and mental health professionals on the methods he has developed.

Dr. Amen is one of the most visible and influential experts on brain health and mental health with millions of followers on social media. In 2020 Dr. Amen launched his digital series Scan My Brain featuring high-profile actors, musical artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and influencers that airs on YouTube and Instagram. Over 100 episodes have aired, turning it into viral social media content with collectively millions of views. He has also produced 18 national public television shows about the brain and his online videos on brain and mental health have been viewed over 300 million times. Dr. Amen is a 12-time New York Times bestselling author, including “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,” “The End of Mental Illness,” “Healing ADD,” and many more. His newest book, “Raising Mentally Strong Kids,” will be released in March 2024.

10:00AM – 11:00AMOpening Session: Mental Health 2024 and the Work of The Jonathan Foundation
11:15AM-12:00PMBreakout Sessions 1

HEALTHCARE: Implement standardized risk screening assessment in counseling practice, emergency departments, and primary care settings to make care suicide safe.

EDUCATION: Implement standardized risk screening assessment in schools to make care suicide safe.

FIRST RESPONDERS: Crisis intervention training for First Responders.

1:45PM-2:30PMBreakout Sessions 2

HEALTHCARE: A MUSC-McLeod Collaborative: The Leatherman Behavioral Health Hospital

EDUCATION & FIRST RESPONDERS: Introducing the ‘Handle with Care’ law enforcement and school system collaborative.

2:45PM-3:45PMKeynote Session – Dr. Daniel Amen

The End of Mental Illness: How Neuroscience Is Transforming Psychiatry and Helping Prevent or Reverse Mental Health disorders.

3:45PM-6:00PMVIP Executive Session (invite only)
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Presenting Sponsor
(Only 1 Available)$5000
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• 10 VIP tickets to Private Event
• Thanked from stage
• Opportunity to address gathered guests
• Exhibitor space if interested
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