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APNA 38th Annual Conference

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) 38th Annual Conference will take place from October 9th - 12th, 2024, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The theme of this year’s conference is Bringing Connection to Life for Ourselves, Those we Serve, & Each Other. Attendees typically work in psychiatric-mental health nursing, however, all professionals passionate about providing care to the psychiatric-mental health population are welcome to attend the conference.  

BUILDING THE FUTURE OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: Practice and Research Initiatives Showcase at Eastern State Hospital

As continued celebration of Eastern State Hospital’s 200th year of consecutive care provision to individuals living with mental and behavioral health challenges, we invite you to see how research and practice initiatives continue to strengthen patient outcomes and staff support here at ESH. Building the Future of Behavioral Health: Practice and Research Initiatives Showcase at Eastern State Hospital (PRISE) took place on June 11, 2024. 

2024 KYSTARS Conference

2024 KYSTARS Consumer Conference "Growing Together, Growing Better" Planting the Seeds of Recovery

SURE Conference

The annual Substance Use Research Event (SURE), showcases translational research conducted at the University of Kentucky focusing on substance use and substance use disorder. It is free and open to all members of UK and the greater Lexington community who are interested in the field. Learn More

2024 CCTS Spring Conference

Experience the 19th Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Annual Spring Conference on April 9, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Bank Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Dive into the theme "Dissemination and Implementation across the Translational Spectrum" alongside a diverse gathering of researchers, clinicians, students, and community members who are ready to foster collaboration and share research findings! 

Horticultural Therapy's Impact on Mental Health

Join Madelyn Strong-Cline, RN BSN, a DNP student in Psych/Mental Health nursing at the University of Kentucky, as she presents "Horticultural Therapy, Impacts on Mental Health" at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Donovan Forum event series! Madelyn will be discussing therapeutic benefits of horticultural therapy and how gardening as a holistic practice can positively influence mental well-being.

Random Acts of Kindness Event

In February BH WELL proudly celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week on February 11th - 17th, 2024 by distributing seeds of joy and positivity to students across campus! For this BH WELL Random Acts of Kindness event, we distributed wildflower seeds to serve as a reminder that one small act of kindness can change and blossom a new lens of positivity. As we continue into March, let's carry the spirit of generosity and watch the seeds of kindness flourish in the days ahead. 

Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway

From February 11th to February 17th, BH WELL celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week by doing a self-care giveaway for students! Random Acts of Kindness Week helps us to remember that one small act of kindness can change someone's day and inspire a new lens of positivity.   To reflect on Random Acts of Kindness Week, we are sharing the photos of the giveaway winners with their self-care totes and goodies.


Behavioral Health Wellness Environments for Living and Learning (BH WELL) is partnering with Lex End Homelessness and Eastern State Hospital to conduct the 2024 LexCount. LexCount is part of an annual nationwide census dedicated to counting all individuals currently experiencing both sheltered and unsheltered homelessness.