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OUr Virtual COnference

We are excited that you decided to attend this year’s Breaking Barriers conference. We have a great line up of speakers who will be presenting on a variety of topics related to mental health. Whether you are a mental health professional, consumer, or family member or friend supporting someone else, there will be insights for you to gain and share.

What to Expect

This year’s conference will feature David Sheff. David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, a number-one New York Times bestseller. The book was based on his article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine and won a special award from the American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.” It was published in a dozen languages and named the year’s Best Nonfiction Book by Entertainment Weekly. In 2009, David was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. “Beautiful Boy” was adapted as a film by Amazon Studios and Plan B Entertainment and starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet.

David followed Beautiful Boy with Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Edning America’s Greatest Tragedy, also New York Times bestseller.  Clean was the result of the years David spent investigating the disease of addiction and America’s drug problem, which he sees as the greatest public health challenge of our time.  

He is also the author of HIGH: Everything You Want To Know About Drugs, for young adults written with Nic Sheff. The Partnership for Drug-free Kids honored him with a Special Tribute Award “in recognition of his voice and leadership for families who are struggling with addiction.” He was also received media awards from the College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD), American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) “to recognize his compelling portrayal of addiction and its personal effects on families and society as a whole.” In December 2019, David became the first recipient of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Arts and Literature Award. 

David’s other books include Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying, based on David’s famous interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He also wrote The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place, about which the Dalai Lama said “This book shows vividly how, even in the face of the greatest adversity, compassion and a warm-hearted concern for others bring peace and inner strength.” He is currently working on the definitive biography of Yoko Ono which will show her place in history and her profound influence on art, music, feminism and activism. The book will be published by Simon & Schuster with publication set for Spring 2024. 

David recently launched the Beautiful Boy Fund, devoted to making quality, evidence-based treatment available to people who need it and identifying and supporting research to further the field of addiction medicine. He lives with his family in Northern California.

In addition to the session with Mr. Sheff, the conference will include sessions on Harm Reduction Therapy, a panel discussion with youth, a presentation by Remix Racing, as well as other sessions related to substance abuse and co-ocurring disorders.  

Conference Schedule


About The Conference

Consumers of mental health services, family members/caregivers, and mental health professionals.
Yes, you will need to enter your name and email address to enjoy the Virtual Event features.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the event online.
The event will remain open for 30 days following the event. Therefore, you can attend whenever it’s convenient for you during this time period.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the internet.

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