Monday, September 26th, 2022
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Coming Out of the Shadows

First annual conference on mental health at Millersville University.

The Office of Diversity & Social Justice, the President’s Commission of Cultural Diversity & Inclusion, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the President’s Commission on Gender & Sexual Diversity, PA 211 East and the Learning Institute are teaming up to host the first annual conference on mental health at Millersville University. “Coming Out of the Shadows: Shedding Light on Mental Health” is set for Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center.

“We are striving to increase awareness and educate the community regarding mental health, including the stigma associated with mental health, early prevention, affirming worth and dignity and engaging partners to create a compassionate community,” says Jan Bechtel, Interim Director of the Office of Diversity & Social Justice.

The conference will feature two keynote presentations and a full schedule of concurrent sessions focusing on a myriad of topics related to mental health. In addition, there will be an exhibition area throughout the day highlighting programs, services and other areas related to mental health.

“We hope this will become an annual event at Millersville University to raise awareness and identify opportunities to enhance and expand upon our efforts to address the mental health needs of individuals in our community,” said Ashley Effrece, a senior communications major at Millersville and the motivating force behind the conference this year.

CEUs and Act 48 credits are being offered for attendees. Continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided for registrants.

The conference is free for students and $10 for non-students. Registration is required. For more information visit the registration site (, email the Conference Planning Committee at, or call the Office of Diversity & Social Justice at 717-871-4473.



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