America’s leading conference on practical psychopharmacology held September 17-20 in New Orleans, providing a forum for mental health professionals to improve patient outcomes through education.

MALVERN Pa., (September 7, 2022) — Experts from industry-leading organizations in the mental health field will lead the 35th annual Psych Congress with the Unified Vision for Transforming Mental Health and Substance Use Care.

Psych Congress is America’s top conference on practical psychopharmacology and a unique, integrated forum to connect members of the entire mental health team with the foremost experts in psychiatry to improve patient outcomes through education. Organized by HMP Global, the leading healthcare events and education company, Psych Congress will be held September 17-20 in New Orleans.

In a panel discussion on September 18, leaders from the American Psychiatric Association, Mental Health America, One Mind, Peg’s Foundation, public broadcasting station WETA, and the Treatment Advocacy Center will share seven key pillars in their vision for transforming mental healthcare. Each of these major organizations will share the practical steps they are taking to achieve this shared vision.

The panel discussion will be led by Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, an adjunct clinical affiliate at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, and private practitioner in Austin, Texas. Panel participants are part of the CEO Alliance for Mental Health, and include:

  • Saul Levin, MD, CEO & Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association
  • Schroeder Stribling, President & CEO, Mental Health America
  • Brandon Staglin, President, One Mind
  • Tom Chiodo, Executive Producer, WETA, PBS – Youth Mental Health Crisis
  • Rick Keller, President, Peg’s Foundation
  • Lisa Dailey, Executive Director, Treatment Advocacy Center

“We can effect change when we work together, and it is exciting to see six of the nation’s leading organizations in mental healthcare coming together to build and implement a shared vision,” Jain said. “We are all working to improve patient outcomes. This is a powerful moment, and an opportunity to transform our strategies for patient care.”


Educational Agenda and Partnerships

In addition to the panel discussion, the Psych Congress agenda features more than 50 CME sessions over the course of four days, led by internationally renowned faculty presenters. Featured sessions include presentations from Ronald Braunstein and Caroline Whiddon, co-founders of Me2/; and Tom Insel, psychiatrist, neurologist, co-founder, and president of Mindstrong Health.

Attendees will have the freedom to choose their schedule and attend sessions that will have the greatest impact for their patients and practice, said Doug Edwards, Senior Vice President at HMP Global and Director of the Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network

“Our featured sessions are a series of noteworthy lectures designed to educate and inspire,” Edwards said. “In addition to the special panel presentation featuring top executives in the field of mental health, all of our educational sessions are led by some of the nation’s most prolific mental health clinicians and educators. No other conference offers the same breadth and level of comprehensive psychopharmacology education combined with state-of-the-art treatment approaches and emerging research findings.”

Each year, Psych Congress partners with a national or local charity that is shaping positive and meaningful change in the field of mental healthcare. This year, the event supports the New Orleans Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI New Orleans), a local organization that offers hope, help, and healing to people with mental illness and those who share their lives. Their work helps individuals live with dignity and independence within the community.

Psych Congress is designed and accredited for all members of the mental health team, including psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, primary care physicians, students, residents and fellows, and other mental health professionals.

For more information or to register for Psych Congress, visit To view the Unified Vision for Transforming Mental Health and Substance Use Care, visit



HMP Global is the force behind Healthcare Made Practical—and is an omnichannel leader in healthcare content, events, and education, with a mission to improve patient care. The company produces accredited medical education events – in person and online via its proprietary VRTX virtual platform – and clinically relevant, evidence-based content for the global healthcare community across a range of therapeutic areas. Its brands include the HMP Global Learning Network, healthcare's most comprehensive source for news and information; Psych Congress, the largest independent mental health meeting in the U.S.; the Evolution of Psychotherapy, the world’s largest independent educational event for mental health professionals; the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC), the leading, global gathering for interdisciplinary cardiovascular specialists; EMS World Expo, North America's largest EMT and paramedic event; and the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), the largest wound care meeting in the world. For more information, visit