Discussions focused on reducing stigmas associated with mental illness and ways to improve access to mental health services will be part of the second annual Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health, which will include nationally recognized speakers Pete Earley and Tipper Gore. The event is sponsored by the GHS Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine and GHS Health Sciences Center, which includes Clemson University, Furman University and the University of South Carolina.

Sharon M. Holder, an embedded research scientist in the Greenville Health System Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and research assistant professor in the Clemson University public health sciences department, lead the engagement project for both organizations that got the event off the ground in its first year. The conference is made possible by a $228,000 Engagement Award given by the Eugene Washington Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The event will be held May 12 and 13 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville. For more information, read a full story from Greenville Health System.