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6th Annual Who is Jay? Mental Health Symposium

6th Annual Who is Jay? Mental Health Symposium

Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida
May 19, 2021

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ocean Center, Daytona Beach

The SMA Healthcare Foundation is excited to announce the 6th Annual Who is Jay? Mental Health Symposium is back, and being hosted LIVE at the Ocean Center. Note: For the safety of our attendees, we will be following CDC guidelines and/or other safety protocols designated by the venue. More details can be found below.


Kevin Hines, suicide attempt survivor, and international suicide prevention speaker, is our featured keynoter over lunch. Kevin gained nationwide fame for surviving an attempt at taking his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in California. He’s the author of Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Striving After a Suicide Attempt and the filmmaker behind Suicide: The Ripple Effect, a feature-length documentary.

The morning keynoter, Pete Earley, is the bestselling author of 21 books, including four New York Times best sellers. He is the author of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.


Emerging Mood Disorders and Increased Suicide Rates During COVID – presented by Daniel Weinberg, MD, SMA Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer
In this session, we will discuss the increased prevalence and incidence of mood disorders; as well as, the dramatic increase in suicide-related morbidity and mortality during the covid pandemic.  The discussion will include diagnosis, treatment, and management of mood disorders.  In addition, we will identify risk factors for suicidality and interventions to decrease mortality. 

Embracing LOVE – Your Tool Kit for Emotional Management and New Found Clarity – presented by Scott Goyette, MBA
Expect to be guided through the L.O.V.E. model, which will empower you to remove the distortions in your lenses of perception, allowing you to find clarity and more effectively manage your emotions. More specifically, this model will teach you how to do the following:
LISTEN to your intuitive self and the many teachers who show up in your life
OBSERVE your needs and nurture yourself so that you can be in service to others as well
VOICE your beliefs and feelings to others in a positive way, once you have learned to manage your own inner critic
EMPATHIZE with all people, since we all experience this life in different ways.


Igniting Passion While Preventing Burnout – presented by Tina LeveneBA
This Breakout Session is a positive interactive and engaging experience that audiences walk away feeling appreciated, inspired, and motivated to improve their self-care and wellness management skills and improve their attitudes and communication skills. Tina uses authentic inspiration through professional and personal stories, her 22 years of lived experience with Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorder, and shares her recovery journey to provide hope to everyone.
Participants will:
Identify 6 ways to prevent burn-out
Identify 3 ways to recover from burn-out
Strategies to ignite passion
Best ways to develop effective communication skills
Improve ways for team building

Planning for the Future: Legal Protections and Estate Planning for Individuals with SMI – presented by Mike JorgensenJD, LLM
Discussions during this session will include the following:
How individuals can be protected now through the use of advanced directives, especially the durable power of attorney;
How to prevent probate and protect beneficiaries;
How to protect assets when government subsidies are needed to help pay for long-term care; and
Common terms to understand such as Ex Parte, Guardianship, and the Baker Act

For more information about the speakers/presenters, CLICK HERE.


$50 – Early Registration Rate in Effect through April 16th – $60 effective April 17)
NAMI Members (Subject to Verification – FREE

The registration fee includes the full day of presentations, parking at the Ocean Center, lunch, and refreshments. For healthcare professionals, CEUs are included.



The safety of our attendees is a priority! Therefore, the following precautions are in place:

  • Masks are required
  • Social distancing practiced during all activities
  • Hand sanitization stations throughout the venue
  • Rooms sanitized between presentations
  • Meals and snacks are individually wrapped, and drinks are provided in closed containers
  • For additional information about the guidelines and precautions enforced by the Ocean Center, click here.


This event is provided mainly through the Jay’s Hope Fund, managed by the SMA Healthcare Foundation, and by the support of businesses in our community who sponsor the event. To learn more about sponsoring the event, please CLICK HERE.