Wellness & Recovery Symposium


Date: Friday, June 30, 2017


Location:  New Beginnings Church of God, 13226 Leslie Rd., Meadville, PA 16335


Time: Registration – 8:00 to 8:45 am, Conference 8:45 am to 4:30 pm


Morning includes:  Keynote Address - “Cracked Not Broken” and Recovery Workshop - “The Art of Wellness”, by Kevin Hines

Kevin Hines is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. He is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy.  The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today, Kevin dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope and sharing his art of living mentally well. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.


Afternoon includes: Experiential and transformative breakout sessions – Yoga/Relaxation, Holistic Health Care, Navigating the Mental Health and Educational Systems Panel Discussion, Overview of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study), QPR (Question, Persuade & Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, TRE (Trauma Releasing Exercises), HealthRHYTHMS Group Drumming


Who should Attend:  The target audience includes anyone who has received, currently receives or may be interested in receiving social, mental health, addictions, corrections, child welfare, domestic violence, education, juvenile/adult criminal justice or intellectual disabilities services as well as other supports through community, faith-based, professional or volunteer organizations, groups or agencies.  The organizers of this Symposium want to ensure that anyone who may want to attend has the opportunity to attend.  In this way we also cordially invite all providers of the aforementioned services, supports, etc. to attend as well.  And, we respectfully request that providers do whatever they can to ensure that those in their care are encouraged and supported in their participation at the Recovery & Wellness Symposium.


Free for ALL!! 

  • Morning, lunch and afternoon refreshments provided (Gluten-free and vegetarian options available. Please make request during registration.)
  • Community and Professional Service Providers will have tables of information to visit throughout the day.
  • Seating is limited to 300 attendees, and registrations will be accepted, pending seat availability, until June 22, 2017 at 3 pm.  Register early to guarantee your seat!


In the event of questions or for more information, please contact Mela Calomino at  mcalomino@co.crawford.pa.us  or (814) 724-8380.

Sponsored by:  Crawford County Suicide Task Force, a community initiative of Crawford County Human Services, and the Crawford County System of Care/Safe Schools-Healthy Students Partnership

 Please click here for the Symposium details including breakout session descriptions.

 The last opportunity to register is Thursday, June 22 by 3 pm.

Efforts will be made to honor your first choices for the breakout sessions. However, due to room capacities and the nature of some of the breakout sessions requiring a smaller group size, you may be assigned to your second choice. All assignments will be done in order of receipt of registrations.