Join Miraval Berkshires and our partner, NAMI (the National Alliance of Mental Illness), for guest lectures & fireside chats designed to provide you the tools to create balance in your everyday life. Meet Elise Banks, Psychotherapist & NAMI Ambassador, and Jessica Edwards, Director, External Relations, Strategic Alliances & Development for NAMI, for meaningful conversations around mental health, personal experiences, future opportunities with NAMI, and more.
Miraval Berkshires Thought-Leaders
NAMI & Elise Banks
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December 6, 2021 - December 9, 2021
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Join us for specifically created guest lectures & fireside chats designed to provide you the tools to create balance in your everyday life.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday December, 7
- 1:00 PM - 2:00 pm | Overview of Mental Health (Complimentary)
Wednesday December, 8
- 1:00 PM - 2:00 pm | Let's Take Action on Mental Health (Complimentary)
Overview of Mental Health with Jessica Edwards & Elise Banks
Meet Elise Banks, Psychotherapist & NAMI Ambassador, and Jessica Edwards, Director, External Relations, Strategic Alliances & Development for NAMI (the National Alliance of Mental Illness), for a meaningful conversation around mental health, therapy, and more.
Let’s Take Action on Mental Health with Jessica Edwards & Elise Banks
Join Elise Banks, Psychotherapist & NAMI Ambassador, and Jessica Edwards, Director, External Relations, Strategic Alliances & Development for NAMI (the National Alliance of Mental Illness) for a conversation about mental health in the community, resources, and more.
Meet your Leaders
Elise Banks is a clinical psychotherapist in the Houston area serving both a private school and in private practice. She completed her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and finished her Master’s Degree, with honors, from the University of Houston. Elise’s passion for mental health extends beyond her offices. Elise serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI Texas, Menninger Hospital, and the Nick Finnegan Counseling Center. She is also a National Ambassador for NAMI and travels extensively to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. In 2016, Elise won the Mental Health Advocate of the Year award for her efforts to help individuals get the help they need for their mental health. Elise uses her social media to advocate for mental health, women empowerment, and positive social change. Elise attributes her successful career, in part, to the lessons learned from her years in pageantry. Elise won the titles of Miss Waco 2007, Miss Bay Area 2012, and in the top 5 of Miss Houston in 2006 and 2013. Elise went on to win Miss Texas International in 2015 and won the title of Miss International after competing with 75 young women from across the world. Although her competing days are over, Elise continues to judge and emcee pageants. Elise is excited to now be the director of the Miss Houston and Miss Houston Teen pageants!
Jessica Edwards is passionate about increasing awareness about mental health and wants mental health conditions to be treated as any other medical issue. She focuses her talents on building relationships with NAMI’s corporate and foundation partners. She oversees corporate events, external relationships with our many partners and grant processes. Jessica has been with NAMI for five years. She holds a bachelor’s in public relations from West Virginia University, and a master’s in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University.