asha international mental health

We Give Hope

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm PST

We will be sending registered guests a link to the recording of the conference, so you can enjoy it at your convenience.

Over the last 18 months, the global pandemic has upended our lives and impacted all aspects of our life – including mental health. As the number of cases of COVID-19 increased, so did the associated experiences of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.

At ASHA International, we know that the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. And, it is equally important to address the inequities in accessing care.

Women are twice as likely to be affected by certain mental health conditions, and are often caregivers for loved ones struggling with a mental health condition. In addition, women of color face significant barriers to mental health care including stigma, cultural misperceptions about mental health, and access to affordable, culturally-responsive care.

Each year, the Grit & Grace Conference brings together women from across cultures – peers, caregivers, community stakeholders, providers, government officials, media and more to inspire, educate and empower each other to take charge of their mental health and cultivate resilience and well-being.

  • INSPIRATION: Get inspired by the personal stories of the nation’s leading mental health advocates.
  • EDUCATION: Explore barriers & pathways to mental health and wellbeing.
  • EMPOWERMENT: Learn how to take charge of your mental health and cultivate resilience & wellbeing.

We are so excited to be able to offer the 2021 Grit & Grace Conference at no charge this year.

In past years, this conference has helped fund the "Let's Talk About Mental Health" program in area schools and community organizations. During the pandemic, we are moving our programs online but still need these vital funds to be able to reach students, teachers and community members with inspiring stories and messages of hope.

Please help us spread the word about the conference.

Please consider making a donation in lieu of payment. 

About the Conference Name: People living with mental health conditions are often perceived to be weak or have a character flaw. Neither of which is true. It takes enormous strength and courage to cope with a mental health condition and create a healthy, meaningful, productive life. At ASHA International, we salute the Grit & Grace of people living with mental health conditions, celebrate their resilience, and honor their humanity.

About ASHA International: ASHA International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to normalizing conversations about mental health and inspiring hope & wellbeing, one story at a time.

At ASHA International, we believe our stories are our SUPERPOWER!

By sharing our stories, we can normalize conversations about mental health, give hope to those who are struggling, and help build communities of empathy, support and inclusion where all of us can thrive.

Representation matters! We understand the barriers to mental health faced by underserved and underrepresented communities – immigrants, refugees, black, indigenous, people of color and LGBTQ+. And, are dedicated to empowering people within these communities to share their stories to inspire hope & ignite change.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our sponsors for making it possible for us to offer the conference FREE of charge to our community during these difficult times

Conference registration is FREE.
Please click the link below to Register.

For assistance with registration, please email or call 503-226-2377

Continuing Education Credits (CEU)

With full conference participation, participants will receive CEUs (pending approval) from:

  • Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon
  • National Association of Social Workers, Oregon
  • National Association of Social Workers, Washington

If you are interested in receiving CEU’s and are not affiliated with the above organizations, please talk to your boards and see if they would be willing to accept our certificates.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors for making this event possible

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