Convention Program Schedule

Track Descriptions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


All times reflect Eastern Time Zone

10:30 – 11 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Plenary — Fireside Chat with Michelle Williams
12 – 12:10 p.m. Break
12:10 – 1:10 p.m. Concurrent Workshops
Track 1: Empowering Youth as Advocates of Change in Mental Health Systems
Track 2: Psychedelic Therapy Renaissance: A New Frontier in Mental Illness Treatment
Track 3: Use of Culturally Competent Education to Address Health Disparities
Track 4: Engaging the Community through NAMI Family & Friends Seminars
Track 5: Bridges to Care: Collaborating to Build Community Mental Health
1:10 – 1:20 p.m. Break
1:25 – 2:25 p.m. Special Panel - TBD
2:25 – 2:40 p.m. Break
2:40 – 3:40 p.m. Concurrent Workshops
Track 1: Work2BeWell
Track 2: Optimal Treatment of Psychotic Disorders: Clozapine/Engagement/Community
Track 3: Voices of Hope: Community Conversations in LGBTQ+ and Black Communities
Track 4: Dogs That Heal: Using K–9 Partners to De-escalate Emotional Crises
Track 5: Transgender/Gender Nonbinary Folx: Changing the Conversation Around Suicide
3:40 – 3:55 p.m. Break
3:55 – 4:55 p.m. Concurrent Workshops
Track 1: Enhancing College Student Mental Health via an On-Campus Support Group
Track 2: Effectiveness of Youth Mental Health Screening in the ED
Track 3: Social Injustice in Mental Health Care
Track 4: The Mind on the Page: The Awakenings Review
Track 5: Help Not Handcuffs: 988 as a Gateway to Transforming Crisis Response
4:55 – 5:05 p.m. NAMI Candlelight Vigil
5:35 – 5:40 p.m. Closing Remarks
10:30 – 11 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Research Plenary with Dr. Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
Challenges and Opportunities in Mental Health Research
12 – 12:10 p.m. Break
12:10 – 1:10 p.m. Concurrent Workshops
Track 1: Using Innovative Methods to Engage Youth and Connect Schools to Services
Track 2: Innovation in Research and Treatment of Perinatal Depression: Where Are We Now?
Track 3: Anti-Asian Racism and Mental Health
Track 4: Cultivating Resiliency and Support for Emerging Adults During the Pandemic
Track 5: Use of Special Court & The Stepping UP Initiative to Improve Justice System
1:10 – 1:20 p.m. Break
1:25 – 2:25 p.m. Concurrent Workshops
Track 1: Young Adults Leading the Way into Prevention and Well-Being
Track 2: Trauma and Population Health
Track 3: Dismantling OCD Stereotypes: What It Really Is and What You Can Do About It
Track 4: Illness & Identity: Growing Up Brown & Bipolar
Track 5: The View from DC: NAMI’s Federal Legislative and Policy Update
2:25 – 2:40 p.m. Break
2:40 – 3:40 p.m. Concurrent Workshops
Track 1: Empowering Youth by Facilitating Heartfelt Poetry About Personal Trauma
Track 2: Antipsychotic Medications and Metabolic Syndrome
Track 3: Mental Illness and the Law in Communities of Color
Track 4: Therapeutic Horticulture in a Small Mental Illness Service Campus
Track 5: Respuesta Informada Sobre el Trauma a COVID-19 (PPE in Spanish)
3:40 – 3:55 p.m. Break
3:55 – 4:55 p.m. Concurrent Workshops
Track 1: It Takes a Village: A Community Call to Action
Track 2: Digital Outreach for Obtaining Resources & Skills (DOORS)
Track 3: Advocating for Black Voices
Track 4: Practicing Law with a Bipolar I Diagnosis
Track 5: NAMI Homefront, NAMI Peer-to-Peer, in Partnership with Veteran Service Orgs
5:35 – 5:40 p.m. Closing Remarks


Plenary & Special Sessions

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These special sessions include a Research Plenary with Dr. Joshua Gordon, Director of the NIMH, and a Fireside Chat with Michelle Williams, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter.

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These 60-minute sessions, which include dedicated Q&A time, highlight mental health research, resources, developments and much more.

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Express Talks

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These pre-recorded, on-demand presentations are less than 15 minutes in length and offer a quick take on a story, case study, idea or technique.

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Flash Sessions

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These 30-minute on-demand sessions provide a streamlined format for highlighting how-tos, innovations or new practices in mental health.

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