NAMI State Conference, Mental Health in Challenging Times

This year’s NAMI State Conference, “Mental Health in Challenging Times,” will be held virtually on Saturday, November 14, from 9:00-4:00. While in a different format, it will still offer great information for people who live with a mental illness, family members, professionals and students.

This year’s conference will feature three keynote speakers and a variety of breakout sessions on current mental health topics. About our keynote speakers:

• Patrice Harris, M.D., is a psychiatrist and the first African-American woman to be elected president of the American Medical Association. Her practice in psychiatry and public health has been in Atlanta.

• Thomas R. Insel, MD, psychiatrist and neuroscientist, is a co-founder of Humanest Care, an online stepped care solution for mental health. Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

• Susan Bartlett Foote, JD, MA, is author of Minnesota’s Crusade for Forgotten Souls: The Roots of Minnesota’s Pathbreaking Mental Health Advocacy. Her book recounts Minnesota’s reform movement that publicized the painful truth about the state’s asylums and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a modern mental health system.

Breakout sessions are planned on telehealth, the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, a new housing program, cultural views on mental illness, and more. NAMI’s virtual Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting will take place from 11:30 to 1:00.

Registration is $10 for members, $20 for non-members and $40 for people seeking the 4.5 CEUs. Find more State Conference details and registration, here. The conference is sponsored by Northwood Children’s Service, Integrity Living Options, Johnson & Johnson, Radias Health, People Incorporated, and Allan & Lou Burdick.