2020 National Wellness ConferenceGet ready for our 2020 National Wellness Conference as we go virtual and “Reimagine Wellness.” Nationally recognized industry professionals, interactive sessions, and fun participant engagement opportunities are scheduled for our 45th conference. Chuck Gillespie, National Wellness Institute CEO, recently discussed details about the conference. Read or listen to his interview below.

Announcer: So, Chuck, tell us why this is a can’t-miss event for professionals in the health and wellness community?

Chuck Gillespie: You know, I think it’s essential for a number of reasons. Number one: when you really start to look at how you ensure that your employees, your communities are starting to re-open, making sure that they still follow some of the guidelines from the health organizations and your local health departments to ensure that we still continue to make sure that these issues, particularly around the COVID-19 areas, can really build on developing your social interactions.

And, the reason I bring social interactions to the table here, is because even prior to the pandemic, social isolation was one of the biggest issues affecting the overall mental health of your employees, your neighbors, and just about everybody in your community. The pandemic has made that worse. And one of the things that we’re seeing more and more, is that concern about what they refer to as the “depths of despair”. This is a word that I’m not a big fan of using, but it’s something that we have to be very careful of, because when we talk about deaths of despair, these are things like suicide, these are things like reigniting an addiction that you might have been able to tackle prior to having some of these things that lock you down.

And this is where, I think, bringing somebody like Tramaine and the Mental Health First Aid program to this conference will really blend a great way of understanding how mental health, physical health, social wellness, intellectual well-being, as well as spiritual wellness, all identifying and helping somebody bring back their best and brightest self. And this is why it is such an important factor in looking at it.

And, you will see with all of the on-demand programs and the live programs that you’re going to see at the National Wellness Conference, we are definitely looking at this from a very much different perspective, and that is, how do we reimagine our work sites? How do we reimagine our communities? How do we reimagine our neighborhoods so that wellness is at the front end of everything that we’re talking about?

Register now for the 2020 NWI Annual Virtual Wellness Conference. Join us on July 21 and 22 for presentations on whole-person wellness and 19 on-demand sessions.