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Eighth Annual Conference

Saturday, August 16, 2014—9:00 AM-4:00 PM 5:30 PM*

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM

Kean University, STEM Building, 1075 Morris Ave, Union NJ 07083

Thank you for your excellent response to our conference. We are at capacity and have closed registration for this event.

This educational and informative day will include:

Morning Keynote by NJ State Senator Richard J. Codey. Senator Codey is a former governor of New Jersey. He has made mental health care a focus of his legislative career and, as governor, was active in reforming and improving mental health care for the citizens of New Jersey, and in fighting mental health stigma. He also lived the experience of a mental health condition when his wife, Mrs. Mary Jo Codey, developed post-partum depression after the birth of their first child.

Afternoon Keynote by author Marya Hornbacher. Ms. Hornbacher is a peer diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Among her subsequent books is Madness: A Bipolar Life. She has spoken at and conducted workshops for educational institutions, medical and psychological organizations, and mental health events. For more about Marya please see her web site.

For our full schedule, including information on our break out sessions, please see our updated (as of August 14) conference program.

Special Event: Post-Conference Interview

As part of their registration, attendees of the DBSA NJ 2014 Conference and/or the DBSA 2014 Chapter Leadership Forum (CLF) are invited to an exclusive interview with Demi Lovato, hosted by DBSA President, Allen Doederlein. Ms. Lovato—a platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter, New York Times’ best-selling author, actress, and mental health advocate*—will share her own story of resilience and learning to live well with bipolar disorder.

* Demi Lovato’s participation in the DBSA From Surviving to Thriving Weekend is part of The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

*Update July 3, 2014: The day has been extended to 5:30 PM to include a reception and book signing by Marya Hornbacher followed by a Q&A session with an exclusive interviewee (see box above) conducted by DBSA President Allen Doederlein.