NAMICon Submission Examples

Track 1: Amplifying Youth and Young Adult Voices
Spreading awareness, providing education and promoting empowerment are critical to encourage young people to prioritize mental health early in life.

Examples: What new or promising mental health support systems exist for youth and young adults? How are youth-informed, youth-led mental health programs making an impact? What are the unique considerations relevant to youth and young adult mental health? How are schools playing a role in youth mental health? How can parents help their child prioritize mental health and encourage them to ask for help when they need it? How can we monitor the mental health implications of the pandemic on children and young adults in the years to come?

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Track 2: Advancing the Promise of Research
Through continued dedication to research and scientific advancement, we deepen our understanding of mental health conditions and improve treatment options and support.

Examples: What recent advancements in research address the need for improved treatments and preventive strategies? What new discoveries have shed light on specific mental health conditions? How have current events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice, impacted Americans’ mental health? What new partnerships are helping strengthen mental health research initiatives?

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Track 3: Addressing Mental Health Disparities
Anyone can be impacted by mental illness, but experiences and outcomes vary greatly depending on a person’s identity and background. To address these disparities, we must explore the intersections of culture, race, identity and mental health.

Examples: Where are we continuing to fall short in helping underserved communities navigate their mental health needs and what are some potential solutions? What are the lingering impacts of racial trauma and socio-economic discrimination on mental health? How can public policy address disparities related to the justice system, law enforcement and the health insurance industry?

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Track 4: Living Well with a Mental Health Condition
Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. Learning about symptoms, treatments and support can be an important step toward self-care and improving quality of life.

Examples: What are the first steps to take when someone starts experiencing mental health symptoms? What are some strategies and coping skills to help navigate life while addressing new or worsening symptoms? How can treatment and support, including peer-based programs, play a role in recovery? Where can people find culturally competent care? How can family members and caregivers support their loved ones through this process?

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Track 5: Supporting Stronger Communities
Strong communities depend on individuals with lived experience, peers, family members, professionals, broad coalitions and diverse partnerships — all with their own unique perspectives — using their collective voice to improve mental health services and advocate for meaningful change.

Examples: What resources or community relationships have helped reduce stigma as a barrier to seeking mental health care? What types of supports, programs and groups are available — both in-person and virtual — for peers, family members and individuals? What actions are local policymakers and advocates taking to address trauma or discrimination in your community? How can we provide support and relief to communities most affected by the pandemic? What can communities do to implement a culture of support for marginalized populations?

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