State Conference

“Transforming Attitudes” – 2018 NAMI State Conference

NAMI’s 2018 State Conference, held at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Nov. 3, was a big success with over 350 attendees and 40 exhibitors. Special thanks to our exciting keynoters Daniel D. Dawes, who spoke on the health equity movement and to Sam Miltich who shared his story of living with a mental illness and wowed people with his music.

There were 18 breakout sessions presented on a wide range of current mental health topics. Among them was a very interesting and informative panel with folks from different cultural communities speaking about their experience starting conversations around mental health (see photo).

“There were so many great resources and programs that I learned about that I didn’t know existed even with years of therapeutic and referral experience,” wrote one attendee.

Another related, “I am thankful to have been able to attend this conference. I feel enlightened and hopeful after learning about the resources available & seeing so many advocates for mental health.”

Five CEUs were offered for professionals and students, along with a discounted rate for students to attend. Directly following the conference NAMI’s annual meeting was held along with the NAMI Minnesota board elections.

Newly elected to the board were: Jessica Gourneau, Paul Schnell, Ani Rayn Koch, and Jesus M. Calvillo.