Building and Sustaining Mentally Healthy Communities
Recorded On: 05/25/2021
During Mental Health Awareness Month, ICMA is joining forces with Johnny Crowder, Founder & CEO of Cope Notes, to shine a light on how individuals can band together to make a positive impact on community mental health. From small changes in the way we communicate with the people around us to leading by example and implementing policy changes, tune in to learn how each of us can seize the opportunity to contribute to a healthier tomorrow.
This webinar is complimentary for ICMA members thanks to the sponsorship of a partner who will have access to registration information.
ICMA Practice Areas:  Staff Effectiveness;  Personal Resiliency and Development
Founder & CEO, Cope Notes
Johnny Crowder is a 28-year-old suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, touring musician, mental health and sobriety advocate, and the Founder & CEO of Cope Notes, a text-based mental health platform that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries across the globe. With 10 years of clinical treatment, a psychology degree from the University of Central Florida, and a full decade of peer support and public advocacy through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) under his belt, Johnny’s youthful vigor for the topic of mental health is unmatched. Since his first keynote in 2011, Johnny's refreshingly candid perspective has attracted praise from hundreds of outlets worldwide, including Upworthy, CNN, and Forbes. Even when commanding a virtual stage or touring with his metal band, Prison, his infectious positivity and firsthand experience with multiple mental illnesses (ranging from bipolar disorder and OCD to schizophrenia) uniquely equip him to provide realistic, yet hopeful insight into the pains of hardship with authenticity, levity, and unconventional wit.
Executive Office Coordinator
Tammie Simmons-Parker has been a member of the ICMA team since 2018, serving as the Executive Assistant to Executive Director and CEO, Marc Ott. While her main priority is to ensure that ICMA’s leader is well taken care of, she’s also had the privilege of serving in various capacities on the Race, Equity, and Social Justice team, and her article introducing that team was published in the October 2020 issue of PM Magazine. In addition, she’s lent her moderating skills to a number of live sessions at the Regional and Annual Conferences, as well as sessions with strategic partners, which has expanded her opportunity to directly serve ICMA’s members. Tammie genuinely enjoys being a force for connecting and edifying people of all backgrounds, across a variety of topics, in whatever form the moment demands, and is delighted to be part of today’s important conversation on mental health.