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It's Ok Not to Be Ok: Tackling the American Mental Health Crisis

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Nearly one in five adults are living with a mental health condition. Suicide completion rates have surged to a 30-year high. At the same time, there is a shortage of mental health care providers. But alongside these challenges, there's also hope: People are building new technologies and organizations to improve access to mental health care, fight stigma and meet people where they're at.

Join us on August 2 for a conversation about the state of mental health care today, the challenges faced by patients, providers and their loved ones, and the innovative people and organizations who are working to create change — and how you can also play a role. BCBSIL Innovation Fellow Adam Seidler will interview Carl Evans, director of programming and operations at Hope for a Day, Danny Freed, CEO of BluePrint, and David Cohn, CEO of Regroup.

Sip of Hope, the world's first coffee shop where 100% of proceeds support proactive suicide prevention and mental health education, will be serving coffee at this event. Donations are welcome.

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8:30–9:00 | Networking & coffee with Sip of Hope
9:00–10:00 | Panel discussion




About the panelists

David Cohn is the founder and CEO of Regroup, a venture-backed company revolutionizing mental healthcare delivery. David’s prior work has ranged from strategic work with the CIOs of global companies, to a 27-month stint with the US Peace Corps. David was the director of sales and service for Latin America, Spain and Portugal with CEB. During those years, his time was split between 11 different countries. In 2018, Crain's recognized David's contribution to the advancement of mental healthcare by including him on their list of 40 Under 40.


Carl Evans the is director of programs and operations for Hope For The Day (HFTD). He is a graduate of Northwestern University and a published fiction author. Carl created HFTD's education programming influenced as a suicide survivor of multiple attempts. Carl has 15 plus years of hands-on engagement as a lived experience advocate, peer supporter and mentor. He oversees day-to-day operations, works to grow community partnerships, trains surrogates and enhances strategic initiatives.


Danny Freed is the founder and CEO at Blueprint, a mental health technology company making it easier for millions of patients to receive higher quality measurement-based care. Prior to founding Blueprint, Danny worked at Trunk Club as a product designer and software engineer. Before Trunk Club, Danny founded Companion, a mobile personal security platform. Danny graduated from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, with a focus on entrepreneurship and computer science.


Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia is an experienced psychologist who is passionate about mental wellness, criminal justice reform and supporting young people who have experienced trauma. In 2018, Dr. Tapia was named impact investor Chicago Beyond’s first-ever Leader in Residence, a fellowship for community leaders focused on tackling significant challenges facing Chicago’s youth. In partnership with Chicago Beyond and the communities it serves, Dr. Tapia’s primary focus is on young people experiencing trauma, including those whose parents have been incarcerated. The venture gives Dr. Tapia the freedom and opportunity to leverage her expertise to create an impact for Chicago’s young people.

Prior to joining Chicago Beyond, Dr. Tapia served as a senior fellow with the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and as the Executive Director of the Cook County Department of Corrections. As the warden of the jail — an institution that has been called the largest mental hospital in the country with 2,000+ inmates diagnosed with mental illness on a given day — Dr. Tapia spearheaded several bold strategies to promote wellness and
reduce recidivism, including developing the Cook County Mental Health Transition Center in 2014 with Sheriff Tom Dart.


Adam Seidler has a passion for leveraging innovation, data and analytics to improve healthcare. In his 11 years with BCBSIL, he has held a variety of strategic roles including product development, product analytics, emerging markets and client consulting. In his current role as manager of client consulting, Adam helps clients uncover the drivers behind their cost trends through development and delivery of innovative and dynamic reports. Adam graduated from Indiana University with a concentration in public management and hospital administration.

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