From June 14-16, thousands gathered virtually to participate in NAMI’s annual gathering, NAMICon. In addition to 30 breakout sessions within the categories of Diversity, Youth and Young Adult Engagement, Research Innovations, Best Practices for State and Local Affiliates, and Crisis Response, there were a number of keynote speakers and interviews.

Among these, The Big Bang Theory‘s Dr. Mayim Bialik gave a moving account of her personal and family experiences with mental health challenges, SAMHSA’s Dr. Miriam Delphin-Riittmon brought us up to date with Mental Health issues on the federal level, and renowned documentary director Ken Burns gave us a sneak preview of his latest work on youth mental health. (See article below.)

Additionally, preliminary results were given on recent Alliance-wide research into organizational assets and liabilities, and the changing face of NAMI as it strives to achieve cultural diversity. Specific changes and recommendations are being rolled-out to make NAMI increasingly effective over the years to come.

We look forward to gathering for in person for NAMICon 2023 in Washington, DC.