We see diabetes as more than a physical condition

The Diabetes + Mental Health Conference is a virtual event focused on the intersection of diabetes management and mental health.
This event brings together a cross-section of patients living with all types of diabetes, caregivers, medical professionals working with PWDs, and mental health professionals.

Why Attend?

This two-day event will highlight ways in which living with diabetes affects mental health. There will be 2 tracks - one for patients and one for caregivers and providers.

Highlights include:

A keynote by leading diabetes psychologist Dr. William Polonsky, Clinical Director of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute

A welcome keynote by motivational speaker Jiggy Yoon, a T1D and performance coach

A special “Wait Wait Don’t Poke Me” with Stacey Simms, host of Diabetes Connections

Socializing with others through Friday Fireside Chats and Saturday Lunchtime Lounges

5 breakout sessions for each track

Opportunities to connect with our sponsors

Agenda

4-4:30pmEST
Event Kickoff with Sara Adams, LCSW & Allison Nimlos, LAMFT
4:30-5:00pmEST
Welcome Keynote with Jiggy Yoon

Jiggy Yoon, motivational speaker and T1D, will share her story of depression and why she believes "vulnerability is dope." (*TW: suicidal ideation and self-harm)

5:00-5:30pmEST
Meet & Greet with Jiggy Yoon

Come chat with Jiggy LIVE!

5:30-7:00pmEST
Fireside Chats / Exhibit Hall Open

Enjoy a virtual dinner and/or drinks with others in the community. Volunteer hosts will lead small group discussions: - Newly Diagnosed (<2 years)- BIPOC- Men- Women - Parents- Healthcare Providers

7:00-8:00pmEST
Wait, wait, don’t poke me - game show with Stacey Simms

Come watch a rousing edition of this fun diabetes-themed game show with some of your favorites from the diabetes community!

9:00-9:50amEST
Exhibit Hall Open / Morning Coffee with Friends

Browse the booths of our vendors or join a general Zoom room to meet others attending the conference!

10:00-10:50amEST
Main Keynote

Dr. William Polonsky

11:00-11:50amEST
Perfectionism + Burnout (Patient Track)

Dr. Kersti Spjut
Alexis Skelley, LISW

Diabetes Psychology: It's More Than You Think (Provider/Caregiver Track)

Dr. Harpreet Nagra

12:00-12:50pmEST
Lunchtime Lounges

Enjoy lunch or a snack with others in the community. Volunteer hosts will lead small group discussions:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Relationships
  • Stigma

A Special Healthcare Provider Q&A with Dr. Harpreet Nagra

1:00-1:50pmEST
Forked Up: The Mental Relationship Between Diabetes & Eating (ALL)

Dr. Ann Goebel-Fabbri, Asha Brown, Dr. Lesli Allen

2:00-2:50pmEST
Diabetes Distress

Erika Forsyth, LMFT (Patient)

Supporting Teen Mental Health (Provider/Caregiver Track)

Cassady Kintner, LMFT

3:00-3:30pmEST
Break / Exhibit Hall
3:30-4:20pmEST
Mindfulness and Diabetes (Patient Track)

Heather Nielson, LPC

How to Find a Diabetes-Competent Therapist (Provider/Caregiver Track)

Mallory Striesfeld, LPC, LMFT-A

4:30-5:20pmEST
Self-Compassion + Shame (Patient Track)

TBD

Caregiver Burnout (Provider/Caregiver Track)

Dr. Terri Tilford, LPC

Charity Partnership



Corporate Events Sponsors



Swag Bag Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

 

This conference is for any adult interested in the intersection of diabetes and mental health. There will be a track for patients (of any type of diabetes), and a track for caregivers, healthcare providers (endos, CDEs, RDs) and mental health providers.