In an Age of Violence: Helping Children & Families Cope

Mental Health Association
April 13, 2017


April 12, 2017


Pamela Gionfriddo

“In preventing and mitigating the effects of violence, we’ve got to act before Stage 4, and this conference will help show us how to do it!”
- Paul Gionfriddo, President & CEO, Mental Health America

The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (MHAPBC) will host a conference, “In an Age of Violence: Helping Children & Families Cope,” on April 20th and 21st at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport in West Palm Beach. MHAPBC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leadership in promoting mental wellness for all Palm Beach County residents and providing advocacy for those with mental health challenges through education and outreach.

The event will feature talks from thought-leaders in public health and criminal justice. Kevin Hines, award-winning speaker, suicide survivor, and author of Cracked, Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt, will give a keynote address. "I’m grateful to participate in this important conference as taking care of your brain health is cool, it's hip. Paying attention to your wellness and being honest when you need help is admirable,” said Mr. Hines.


Dr. Jeremy Richman, neuroscientist and co-founder of the Avielle Foundation, which supports brain health research and education, will also present. "Violence, to self and others, is a societal epidemic we can no longer afford to address in our accustomed reactionary fashion,” said Dr. Richman. “MHAPBC has created a unique opportunity to share a variety of perspectives on this critical topic, and we are thrilled to be involved."


The conference will address critical questions around violence and brain health and explore promising initiatives to support those faced with these challenges. Speakers will discuss toxic stress and trauma as risk factors for violence; the neuroscience of compassion; and solutions that can be implemented at the level of community and home. 


Speaker Judge Ginger Lerner Wren said of the conference: "As presiding judge of America's first Mental Health Court, it is important to know the facts: that most people with mental illness are not violent and according to research are ten times more likely to be subject to victimization. This is why it is essential to promote mental health for all Floridians."


For more information and registration for the event, visit


Since 1949, the Mental Health Association has been dedicated to improving the lives of people who are touched by mental illness. Through advocacy, education, and outreach, MHA seeks to improve access to services and mental wellness.  MHA is working with community partners to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to improve understanding about issues related to mental health and well-being.