NAMI NC 2020 Annual Statewide Conference

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NAMI NC’s First-Ever Virtual Annual Conference was a hit!

Excellent speakers!  Open & honest, sharing real life experiences, to encourage and motivate change

A brief Post-event recap is below.

While we can’t replicate the unique experience of that day in its entirety, eg the online communities, chats, etc., we have provided links to our Members to various recordings of the most requested sessions.

If you are not a member and would like to have access to these sessions and other benefits of membership, click here for more information on NAMI NC membership (memberships start for as low as $5 per year). Membership questions can be sent to Mikayla at mcardona@naminc.org or click here for more information.

While there was no charge for participation in this event, we encourage donations of any amount to help offset programming expenses and support our mission of improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. You can send your donation  by texting “NAMI” to 345345 or simply click the button below.

*Pictured above are a sampling of Conference Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators as follows:

  • NAMI CEO Dan Gillison, Jr (pictured lower right) addressed the “Broken Mental Health Care System”.
  • Alan Morgan CEO from the National Rural Health Association (pictured upper right) provided insights and initiatives into the unique behavior health needs of our rural communities.
  • The dynamic Inequity Panel provided so many insights and ideas for the future. ((Four participants in this session are pictured above starting in upper right, Iman Siddiqi, Jose Rosario, Pooja Mehta (center and moderator), and Doylin Richards, center left))
  • Gabe Howard, (pictured in the lower center with moderator and incoming NAMI NC Board President Judy Jenkins to the left), spoke not just as someone diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, but on substance use as well. With the skill of a humorist, he shared his experiences and delivered his message of hope injected with incredible wit throughout.

POST-CONFERENCE RECAP

On Saturday, participants from across the state and beyond attended NAMI NC’s 18th Annual Conference. This was our first-ever virtual conference, and thanks to the efforts of many, it did not disappoint.

The event was opened by a montage reading of our inspiration for this year’s conference theme, Maya Angelou’s poem, And Still I Rise. Unfortunately, licensing restrictions prevent us from replaying that specific, moving performance from an eclectic group of NAMI NC members. The power of YouTube however, permits a view into a performance from the artist herself.

This unique opening set the tone for our conference, one of inspiration and motivation. Our obstacles were recognized and real-life experiences, pearls of wisdom, and expressions of hope were shared by panelists and speakers. Online communities, chats, and other networking tools enabled participant interaction with organizers and each other.  The networking app enabled folks to remain in contact even after the conference was officially over.  Here are some actual comments posted near the end of the conference:

  • This event is awesome
  • Excellent speakers! Open & honest, sharing real life experiences, to encourage & motivate change
  • I loved it…so informative!

The lunch hour brought us the business meeting and 2020 NAMI NC Awards.  Award winners can be found here.  NAMI NC’s 2019-2020 Impact Report is also now available. The Agenda for the conference can be found here.

Thank you to our wonderful speakers!  Click here for speaker information!

CHECK BACK SOON!  If you missed the conference, or just want to listen to these fantastic sessions again, NAMI NC will offer recordings of various sessions to our members in the near future.

We’d love to have you join us!  Click here for more information on NAMI NC membership. (Memberships start for as low as $5 per year.)

As stated above,  this important mental health event was free of charge to attend on the day of the conference, however we encourage donations of any amount to help offset programming expenses and support our mission of improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. You can send your donation  by texting “NAMI” to 345345 or simply click the button below.

Thank you to all of our Sponsors, including these Silver Sponsors:

               

And these Bronze Sponsors:

(Click on their logo for more information about these supporting organizations)