June 30, 2023

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Thursday, July 20, 2023, 4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

In just one year, 988 has revolutionized support for individuals facing mental health or suicidal crises. Join us this webinar as we bring together leading experts in mental health crisis care, who will share firsthand insights into the transformative power of 988 in reforming mental health crisis response nationwide.

Learn about the successes, challenges, and the vital role 988 plays in reshaping the mental health support landscape and delivering genuine and urgent support to people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Gain valuable insights into creating a system that provides a true mental health response to a mental health crisis.



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Our Experts


David W. Covington HeadshotDavid W. Covington, LPC, MBA, CEO & President of RI International
David W. Covington, LPC, MBA, is CEO and President of RI International (d/b/a for Recovery Innovations, Inc.). He is a behavioral health innovator, entrepreneur, and storyteller. He is also a partner in Behavioral Health Link, founder of the Five Lanes Crisis Partners family of companies and Crisis Now Academy consulting and training business, producer of the Moving America’s Soul on Suicide film series and founder of the international initiatives Crisis Talk and Hope Inc. Stories. David also hosts and curates the popular weekly 988 “Crisis Jam” Learning Community in partnership with SAMHSA and NASMHPD.


Hannah Wesolowski HeadshotHannah Wesolowski, Chief Advocacy Officer at NAMI
Since 2021, Hannah Wesolowski has served as Chief Advocacy Officer at NAMI. She leads NAMI’s Government Relations, Policy & Advocacy team, which develops NAMI’s policy positions, advances NAMI’s federal priorities and supports the policy work of NAMI’s Alliance at the state and local level. Hannah and her team work with NAMI’s advocates nationwide and with partners and policymakers to enact policies that will improve the lives of all people affected by mental health conditions. She believes in the power of advocates sharing their stories to advance research, increase mental health funding, improve access to care, support youth and young adults, expand social supports and decriminalize mental illness.


NAMI HelpLine is available M-F, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET. Call 800-950-6264,
text “helpline” to 62640, or chat online. In a crisis, call or text 988 (24/7).