2020 Virtual NAMICon | NAMI

Thank You For Making Our First Virtual NAMICon A Success!

Over the first-ever virtual NAMICon two-day event, more than 12,500 people attended from 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 37 countries! This incredible support illustrates the importance of NAMI’s mission to provide advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Couldn’t attend or just want to look at highlights and resources from some of the amazing sessions? Select 2020 session presentations and workshops are available by clicking on the links in the chart below or going to 2020 Virtual NAMICon Sessions.


Research Plenary With Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director Of The National Institute Of Mental Health

Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities in mental health research. Dr. Gordon will present emerging approaches and technologies, and possible future directions, for this multidisciplinary field. In this era of unprecedented opportunity, he will highlight the importance of cross-disciplinary, integrative approaches to address the vast complexities associated with mental illness as we move closer to our goal of finding effective treatments and therapies.

Moderator: Ken Duckworth, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, NAMI, Arlington, Va.

Speaker: Joshua Gordon, M.D. Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Md.


Spanish Translation Available / Escuchar interpretación al español


Special Presentation

The Psychological Toll Of Racial Trauma On African Americans: A Panel Discussion

Recent national events are painful reminders that African Americans continue to experience systemic racism in our society. This panel will address the psychological and emotional effects of racism and how it can impact black people’s mental health. Panelists will share some of their personal and professional experiences dealing with racial trauma, plus share steps on how other communities can become allies for people of color.

Moderator: William Simmons, M.D., Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa.


Christine Crawford, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

Ericka Goodwin, M.D., CEO & Founder, Goodwin Medical Associates, LLC, Atlanta, Ga.


Spanish Translation Available / Escuchar interpretación al español


NAMICon 2020 Sessions

View session descriptions in each of the five tracks by clicking on the session names in the chart below.

Getting Help Early
Getting the Best Possible Care
Getting Diverted from Justice System Involvement
Research Updates
Youth Voices
Plenary with Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
The Psychological Toll of Racial Trauma on African Americans: A Panel Discussion
Taking NAMI Ending the Silence Statewide Rethinking Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Crisis Hotlines: The Gateway to Crisis Systems  CBT for Psychosis: Evidence-based Training Program for Family and Caregivers The Importance of Youth Voice: A Panel Discussion
What Is Behind the Increasing Suicide Rate Among Black Youth? Engaging Faith Leaders in Addressing Mental Illness Hero Help Addiction and Behavioral Health Assistance The Fusion Model: A Peer-Informed Model for Crisis Support NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) for Students
Who Ya Gonna Call? NAMI HelpLines! Ending Conversion Therapy to Save Young LGBTQ Lives Engaging Individuals Who Have Mental Illness in the Stepping Up Initiative A Novel Approach to Treatment Resistant Depression: Esketamine Creating Meaningful Connections: Youth Certified Peer Specialists (CPS-Y)
Aspiring to Conquer Serious Psychiatric Illness: Research Journey to Heal The View from D.C.: NAMI’s Federal Legislative and Policy Update


NAMI Homefront: Effective Education for the Families of Veterans

Using CIT Programs to Reduce Stigma and Trauma While Changing Our Communities Crisis Response Youth Resilience in Communities of Color, Community Participatory Research Taking Care of Me During COVID–19: A Panel Discussion


Convention Resources

  • Get a copy of the 2020 NAMICon Program Book.
  • Shop the NAMI Store for novelty items and NAMI wearables.

NAMI HelpLine is available M-F, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET. Call 800-950-6264,
text “helpline” to 62640, or chat online. In a crisis, call or text 988 (24/7).