HealthWest to host statewide ReCon: Veteran Resilience Conference featuring Mollie Marti, Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan, and others

Community News |May 22, 2019|2 min read

Pioneering a Veteran resilience movement starts with all of us. That’s why HealthWest and community partners are hosting ReCon: Veteran Resilience Conference on May 30, 2019, at the Frauenthal Center in Downtown Muskegon. Resilience is one of the pillars to overcoming ongoing life challenges faced by veterans in their personal and professional post-military lives. Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed by anyone.


The FREE, full-day conference will include keynote sessions, informative lectures, panel presentations, resource fair, and various experts talking about:
• Veteran, Family and Community Resilience
• Alternative Pain Management
• Suicide Prevention Strategies
• Overdose Prevention and SMART Recovery
• Explanation of the VA System
• And other topics


The conference’s afternoon keynote session is being given by Mollie Marti. Marti, a social psychologist and attorney, is the founding CEO of the National Resilience Institute, a U.S. nonprofit organization that equips helpers with trauma-informed tools to grow resilience. She also directs Worldmaker International, a global human resilience collaborative. Through these initiatives, she has convened several national and international resilience summits.


Marti’s research examines the most important factors that drive group norms of hope, help seeking, and resilience. Her frameworks, such as the THRIVE Resilience Model, are used in the fields of community preparedness and recovery, law enforcement/military wellness, school-based resilience, and workplace mental health. She frequently lectures in these areas and provides resilience education directly to viewers through her “Resiliency Matters” TV show.


WHAT: ReCon: Veteran Resilience Conference

WHEN: May 30, 2019

WHERE: Frauenthal Center in Downtown Muskegon

COST: Free