NAMI members and supporters enjoyed a spectacular week in Washington, D.C. at the NAMI convention in late June. We made hundreds of visits to members of the House and Senate to explain the impact of mental illness on individuals and families. We heard from Dr. Tom Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, and two leading researchers about a new study that may alter the course of schizophrenia. We elected new members to the NAMI Board of Directors and were entertained by Irish singer Susan McKeown and her band at our annual banquet.
Attendees shared in the wisdom of dozens of the country’s leading thinkers, policymakers and grassroots advocates as we learned about new ideas to expand services, improve treatment and better the lives of people affected by mental illness. Conventioneers had the opportunity to meet exhibitors from organizations and companies offering products and services of interest to NAMI members. They also took full advantage of the information and activities offered by the NAMI Hearts & Minds Wellness Center.
Whether or not you attended this year’s convention, mark your calendar and start making your plans for next year’s convention, which will take place July 6–9, 2011, in Chicago. Keep checking this website where we’ll post further details as soon as they become available.
See you in Chicago next July!