Convention FAQ

These FAQ address questions for the 2018 NAMI National Convention in New Orleans. If you have a question that is not answered below, email

When and where will the 2018 NAMI National Convention take place?
The convention will be held in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans on Canal St. All convention sessions and activities will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans. The dates for the convention are June 27 - 30.

What hotel is NAMI using for the convention? What are the hotel rates?
The Sheraton New Orleans is the convention headquarters hotel. Rooms at the Sheraton New Orleans are offered at a special rate of $159 (plus state and local tax) for registered attendees. Visit the Plan Your Trip page for additional information. 

How do I register and how much does it cost?
The Early Bird registration deadline is Feb. 28, 2018. For information about rates, deadlines and to register online, go to the registration information page.

What is included in my registration fee?
The full convention registration fee includes four days of attendance of all sessions, workshops and two-day access to the exhibit hall. In addition, the full fee includes a ticket to the closing night banquet dinner on June 30, 2018.

If I am unable to attend the convention, how do I cancel my registration?
All cancellations must be made in writing to If you cancel before May 31, 2018, there is a $25 service fee to cover administrative costs. If you cancel between June 1 and June 15, there is a $50 service fee to cover administrative costs. No refunds will be processed after June 15, 2018.

I cannot attend the convention. Can I send someone else in my place?
Substitutions are allowed with the written authorization of the registrant who is unable to attend. Send an email to by June 15, 2018.

How do I exhibit at the convention?
Detailed information on exhibiting is available at our Become an Exhibitor page. 

Are there scholarships available? 
NAMI hopes to offer scholarships that would cover partial or full costs to attend convention,  but cannot guarantee at this time. Any information regarding scholarships will be posted to Please check the website regularly for updates. 

Can I earn Continuing Education (CE) Credits? 
Mental health providers can earn CE credits by attending sessions at the NAMI Convention. The exact number of hours will be finalized in May. At previous conventions, we have offered around 21 credits. NAMI is a certified provider through: the Minnesota Board of Social Work, the California Board of Registered Nursing, and the National Board for Certified Counselors. Please check with your specific agency to verify whether or not they accept credits from these sources.  
How can I speak or present? 
The deadline to submit a workshop proposal passed Dec. 4 2017. A call for proposals to present at the 2019 NAMI National Convention will be posted to in November 2018.  
Do I need to be a member of NAMI to attend? Will I get much out of the convention if I'm not a member?  
We encourage both members and nonmembers to attend the convention. NAMI is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots advocacy group working on behalf of individuals with lived experience and caregivers. Whether or not you are a member of NAMI, you will benefit from the information offered at the convention, as well as the chance to network with some of the most savvy mental health advocates in the nation.  
How do I decide what sessions to attend?  
Review the program schedule and plan your schedule so that you can attend the sessions most important to you. Be sure to schedule breaks and other rest periods for yourself. The Convention Orientation session is a valuable resource for those attending our convention for the first time. The full convention program will be released at the convention, but you can receive regular program updates by visiting the Program Schedule page.  
What should I wear at the convention? 
Attendees usually wear business casual at the convention. Presenters generally wear professional business attire. Remember, meeting rooms in hotels can be chilly, so dressing in layers is encouraged. The air conditioning is usually on high in anticipation of full meeting rooms. 
Can I bring a guest with me to the NAMI Celebration and Awards Banquet?  
Yes. Additional tickets for the Banquet Dinner can be purchased for $80.00 online when you complete your registration.  
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