Agenda can be found HERE

This year’s conference was a success! Thank you to all who were involved: Our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, NAMI NC Board Members, Volunteers and NAMI NC Staff. We were thrilled with the turn out, the excitement and the overall feedback on the conference. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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Presentations (please continue to check back as we gather more presentations):


Keynote: Thinking Carefully about Gun Violence and Mental Health: Balancing Risk, Rights, Rhetoric, and Research forMore Effective Policies (see related video HERE)- Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, Duke University School of Medicine
Sticks and Stones, Facebook and Phones – Sandra Wartski and Eli Jerchower, Silber Psychological Solutions
Providing Teens with the Means to Recognize Issues and Implement Strategies to Avoid Violence – Loryn Upham, CEO and Founder of Lady Like, Inc.
Less Drama…Less Trauma – Collaboratively Engaging At-Risk Youth – Senior Officer Graham Witherspoon, Raleigh PD Family and Youth Services
Building Every Chance of Making it Now and Grown Up (BECOMING) – Working with Transition Age Youth
David Curry and Nikeya Cole – Alliance Behavioral Healthcare/BECOMING
Improving School Climate and Outcomes with Behavior Intervention & Support – Heather Reynolds, PBIS Consultant, NCDPI
Rescuing Children from the Gaps in North Carolina’s Mental Health System – Susan Pollitt and Lisa Nesbitt, Disability Rights NC
Youth Making Headlines: Many Questions, Few Answers – Dr. John Diamond, Brody School of Psychiatry, ECU
Why are Early Childhood Social-Emotional and Mental Health Services Important and Essential to the Mental Health System in North Carolina? – Evette Horton, UNC Horizons, NC Infant/Young MH Association, Alexandra Morris, KidSCope, Lara Kehle, KidSCope
Legal Issues in School Bullying and Harassment –  Kathy Boyd, Senior Staff Attorney, NC School Boards Association
My Summer with Milo – Susan Davis, author of
It’s Ok 2 Ask About Suicide – Jane Ann Miller, NC Division of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention


What’s the Secret Power of a NAMI Affiliate? – Majose Carrasco, Multicultural Action Center, NAMI and Valerie Hunter, National Consultant, Organizational Learning, NAMI

Employment: A Key Part in Promoting Recovery –
Michael Cohen, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center
Gina Price, NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Emery Cowan, NC DMH/DD/SAS

Affordable Care Act – New Insurance Options and Enrollment into the Health Insurance Marketplace
Pam Silberman, President and CEO, NC Institute of Medicine

Reaching Out to New Audiences: Young Families, Faith and Military Communities – Dana Greenwood, Mike McMichael, Jennifer Rothman

The Ripple Effect…Spotlighting our Successes – Hannah Carroll and Virginia Hill NAMI Cumberland/Lee and Harnett, George Reynolds, NAMI Moore, Chris Laughlin, NAMI Moore and Gerry and Ann Akland, NAMI Wake