Main Events & Keynotes


The Peerpocalypse Planning Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 keynote speakers:



Iden Campbell serves on the Center of Excellence (CoE) on Behavioral Health for Racial Ethnic/Minority National Advisory Board as well as serving in an advisory capacity to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Iden has been nominated and awarded for his advocacy and community accomplishments many times over the last few years including; being nominated as a DC Chamber of Commerce Business Champion in 2013, in 2016,Iden was awarded the Lewis Mitchell Empowerment Award at the Black Trans Advocacy Conference, and in 2013, Iden was awarded the National LGBT Leadership Award at the Alternatives Conference. 



John Herold is a facilitator, peer and advocate who credits being an uncooperative patient as the cornerstone of his recovery. In 2012 he was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder – and found interactions with his local mental health system to be unhelpful and profoundly disempowering. In the years since, he has been on a personal quest to heal and find meaning from his extreme state on his own terms.


Due to graduate in May from the master's program at the Process Work Institute in Portland, John is committed to helping individuals recover – not from mental illness, but from the concept of mental illness. He is passionate about matters of coercive treatment, the medical model and psychiatric drugs. He is the founder and director of Puget Sound Hearing Voices and conducts facilitation trainings for the Hearing Voices Network. John and his loving wife Beth live in Gig Harbor, Washington. 



Janie has worked as a Peer Support Specialist, Forensic Peer Specialist, QMHA, and Community Support & Integration Teams Coordinator for Yamhill County Behavioral Health. She has been involved in program development and has provided individual support in a variety of ways such as mental health and addictions recovery, physical health and well-being, with Supported Employment, and Early Assessment and Support Alliance. Janie joined MHAO in 2014 and is Director of MHAO EVOLVE Peer Delivered Services. After graduating from Linfield College with a degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences, Janie spent one year in Lewis and Clark’s Professional Counseling Mental Health & Addictions graduate school program in 2014/15. She transferred to Portland State University's Master of Public Administration: Health Administration program Fall of 2015.



Gayathri Ramprasad is an award-winning mental health advocate, author and speaker. She is the Founder and President of ASHA International a nonprofit organization promoting personal, organizational, and community wellness. And, the author of Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within. Her successful battle in overcoming debilitating depression taught her the power of hope and holistic wellness. Now, she shares that message with others. Since the launch of ASHA International’s wellness campaign, Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives in 2006, Gayathri’s keynotes, wellness workshops, and cultural competence trainings have reached more than 45,000 people nationally and internationally with a resounding message of hope and recovery. Individuals and organizations alike applaud Gayathri as an agent of hope and transformational change. 


In her keynote, The Power of Sharing Your Story, Gayathri will inspire and empower audiences to share their story to give hope, change lives, and create social change. 


To see Gayathri’s TED talk Be the Hope, please click here


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