NAMICon will engage, challenge and include you in dynamic discussions and inspiring moments. It will introduce you to new ideas and tools you can take with you. It’ll connect you with people who will go from strangers to community—all in the name of mental health awareness, education and advocacy. Looking for more information? Visit our FAQ page or email us at [email protected].
What to Expect
There’s something for everyone at NAMICon, no matter your background.
Join us in Minneapolis (May 24-27) to attend more than 50 education sessions, meet others who are passionate about mental health, and make meaningful, lasting connections in an environment that energizes, inspires and educates.
Join us for the virtual conference (June 6-8) to watch sessions you missed in Minneapolis with live Q&A — as well as exclusive online-only sessions.
Both offerings curate inspiring sessions and space for anyone who may be interested in listening, learning or sharing their unique personal or professional expertise.
NAMI Alliance Day
This event is dedicated to supporting the great work taking place across the Alliance. It precedes the general attendance portion of NAMICon and is designed specifically for NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates. We encourage field leaders in the following areas to join us: Board of Directors, Development/Fundraising, Education/Programs, Executive Directors, Public Policy/Advocacy and NAMIWalks.
Alliance Day is presented and developed by NAMI National’s Alliance Relations, Development, and Field Governance (ARDFG) Department and in partnership with internal and external stakeholders.
We are currently reviewing sessions proposals. Details and timing will be finalized in March.
Culture and identity in mental health
These workshops will explore how to promote equitable mental and emotional support for underreached communities. You’ll learn from subject matter experts experienced in matters of social justice, racial and ethnic identity, and equity-minded practice. Topics may explore:
- How mental health disparities have created barriers for marginalized and under-resourced groups
- Mental well-being for boys and men of color
- Mental health services in rural communities
- How to reduce barriers to care
- How to promote culturally competent mental health care
Crisis response and intervention
When the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched in July 2022, the landscape shifted. How do current responses to mental health crises affect individuals, families, and communities? What are the next steps for funding and implementation? Topics may explore:
- Crisis response models
- National, state, and local funding
- Best practice models for mobile crisis units
- Barriers to care for people of color
- Decriminalization of mental illness
Workplace mental health
We’re witnessing a unique moment in the workplace revolution following the pandemic. These workshops will explore strategic opportunities to partner with employers on the many ways to effectively address mental health at work given its bottom-line impact on productivity, performance, recruitment, retention, and so much more. Topics may explore:
- Stigma reduction is essential, but what else is needed in creating psychological safety at work?
- What are the ingredients for creating mentally healthy organizational cultures?
- How do organizations tackle escalating rates of burnout and mental health concerns in young adults?
- What policies and practices best support employees with mental health conditions at work?
- What innovative practices are needed to improve access to mental health care services and supports in the workplace?
Youth and young adult mental health
More than a third of young adults have reported that their mental health keeps them from doing normal activities. What do we know about and how can we better respond to the unique mental health concerns of youth and young adults? How can NAMI adapt to the emerging needs of new generations? Topics may explore:
- Navigating education, employment, housing, and health care systems
- The mental health needs of first-generation college students
- The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young adult mental health
- Mobile crisis teams for children
- Addressing trauma in children and adolescents
Innovations in research and treatment
The mental health field is continuously evolving. From neurobiology to virtual peer support, what are the trends, data and discoveries that will shape how we view and treat mental illness in the near future? Topics may explore:
- Specific mental illnesses, including mood disorders, serious mental illnesses (SMIs), trauma, PTSD, and psychosis
- Treatments, such as crisis care/hospitalization
- Situations that affect people with mental illness, such as law enforcement response to mental health crises
Best practices for state organizations and affiliate
If you’re a NAMI state organization or affiliate, this track is designed specifically for you. What are the emerging and established best practices that can help NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates build their capacity? What practical lessons have you learned that you can share with your peers across the country? Topics may explore:
- Grassroots and grasstops advocacy
- Cross-cultural community engagement
- Effective fundraising and donor development
- Developing a more effective Board of Directors
- Building partnerships with businesses and government