Marriage and Mental Health Conference

About this event

Mental Health Strong is proud to present the first VIRTUAL Marriage and Mental Health Conference to bring hope to couples facing mental health and/or addiction challenges.  The agenda has been tailored around the survey responses on what hope, resources, and support are most needed to make these types of relationships not only survive but thrive.  Register early to receive your book bundle (two books of your choice on the subject of mental health) at a discounted rate!

Who should attend:

  1. All individuals, partners, and couples who are dating, engaged, married, separated or divorced and who are impacted by mental health and/or addiction challenges.
  2. Mental health clinicians who want to help this community.
  3. Mental health or marriage organizations who want to partner with this community.


  1. Marriages with mental health and addiction challenges are an under-served community.
  2. There is a lack of couples’ resources for this unmet need.
  3. There is a growing mental health crisis in marriages especially due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  4. Divorces are more common in marriages with mental health and addiction challenges (80% more likely for severe mental health conditions).


  1. Opening.
  2. Boundaries and Co-Dependency solutions by Karla Downing, Author, Marriage and Family Therapist.
  3. Communication solutions by Em Kacey, Host of The Mental Health Marriage podcast.
  4. Spiritual solutions by Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund, Author, Pastor, and Advocate.
  5. Self Care solutions by Brad and Donna Hoefs, Founders of Fresh Hope for Mental Health.
  6. Closing.

What to expect:

  1. Each presentation will provide solutions from an expert in the field and be accompanied by a testimony.
  2. A three-hour virtual webinar (on Pacific Time).
  3. Obtain resources and hear real-life stories in order to bring hope to your relationship.
  4. Recordings of the event will be available for purchase after the event if you are unable to attend the live event.
  5. You will get two books (of your choice on the subject of mental health) if you purchase a book bundle with your EARLY BIRD event ticket.  Look for a follow-up email to choose your two books.

We are pleased to introduce the following keynote speakers for this virtual event:

  • Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund is a pastor, author, and advocate.  She has served as a pastor to churches in NY, MN, and FL.  Sarah is the first woman Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice for UCC, is on the Pathways to Promise Executive Committee, and also serves on the board for Mental Health America.  She is the author of two books, Blessed Are the Crazy and Blessed Union.  Rev. Dr. Lund is a wife, mother, and a person living in recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder. She blogs at www.sarahgriffithlund.com.
  • Karla Downing is an award-winning best-selling author, speaker, teacher, marriage and family therapist and founder of ChangeMyRelationship.com. Karla’s passion is to see individuals, marriages, and families set free from dysfunction and scriptural misunderstanding. Her messages provide practical solutions based on biblical truths that bring balance and clarity to life and relationship issues.
  • Vernice Cooper is a dynamic motivational speaker, poet, author, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Her life experience of overcoming family addiction and trauma, paired with her professional experience fuel her passion to guide people, particularly women, out of a “Victimville” mentality.  Vernice currently works as a clinician specializing in Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services at Kaiser Permanente.  She owns her own consulting business, Joy Road Solutions, and is the author of her debut book, Vacate Victimville.
  • Brad Hoefs is an ordained pastor and member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. He founded Fresh Hope for Mental Health in 2009.  He currently serves as the Executive Director for both Fresh Hope and WorshipOutlet.com.  Brad is a State-certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist and also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, published in 2013.  He has been married to his college sweetheart, Donna, for 34 years, is the proud father of two adult married children, and ‘Papa’ to 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
  • Em Kacey is the host of the Marriage and Mental Health podcast called “The Mental Health Marriage.”  With mental illness, the spouse often gets left with the burdens of the family, and is left feeling very isolated.  All the support can go to the spouse with the disorder, when the partner, needs just as much love, understanding, and support.  Launched in 2018, this podcast is Kacey’s way of trying to provide a small piece of that, and to share real life stories, offer helpful advice, support, and community.
  • Erin Ramachandran is the founder of Mental Health Strong, a faith-based nonprofit, established in 2020, to bring hope to marriages with mental health and addiction challenges.  She is a two-time award winning author of Mental Health Strong: A Christian’s Guide to Walking resiliently alongside Your Spouse with a Mental Health Condition.  Erin is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, has worked for over fifteen years at Kaiser Permanente, and is currently a Mental Health and Wellness Program Director there.  She is passionate about helping marriages affected by mental health and addiction challenges.


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Oct 02 2021


Pacific Time
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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