Express Talks

Express Talks

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.

Track 1: Amplifying Youth and Young Adult Voices
Track 1 Express Talks

Track 2: Advancing the Promise of Research
Track 2 Express Talks

Track 3: Addressing Mental Health Disparities
Track 3 Express Talks

Track 4: Living Well with a Mental Health Condition

Track 5: Supporting Stronger Communities
Track 5 Express Talks


Track 1: Amplifying Youth and Young Adult Voices

"It Opened My Eyes..." Testing the Effectiveness of "Ending the Silence"

Stigma remains a significant barrier to mental health care for many young people. This mixed-methods study is the first randomized controlled trial (RCT) and qualitative analysis of Ending the Silence (ETS) — NAMI’s youth stigma reduction program. RFCTs are a gold-standard research design that measure the effectiveness of an intervention. This study demonstrates that ETS’ model of education and contact has the potential to decrease negative stereotypes and improve mental health knowledge and help-seeking outcomes.

Joseph DeLuca, Ph.D., NIMH-T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, N.Y.
Philip Yanos, Ph.D., Professor, John Jay College, New York, N.Y.

Let’s Talk About Mental Illness — A Kid’s Video

Let’s Talk About Mental Illness is a fun and engaging video for elementary-age kids to start the conversation about mental health and mental illness. NAMI Wisconsin created this animated short in May 2020 and has provided follow-up worksheets, coloring sheetsand stickers to thousands across the nation. Learn how parents and teachers can use it in school and at home.

Megan McLachlan, M.Ed., Program Coordinator, NAMI Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
Ellie Thompson, Communications & Events Director, NAMI Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

Life Online — The Youth Mindset

This presentation will help parents identify the struggles their children may have when experiencing online learning. It will provide insights into how virtual classrooms have affected young adults’ mental health. The talk aims to raise awareness about young adult mental health and how the online setting has further contributed to the declining mental health of students.

Eileen Xu, CEO, The Youth Mindset, Scotch Plains, N.J.

The Importance of Asking: How to Be There for Youth

This presentation will offer ideas and ways to engage in critical conversations with youth. It will help participants broaden their understanding of how to talk openly about mental health to a young audience. The goal of this session is to encourage participants not to shy away from talking about mental health with students, children or other youth in their lives.

Anthony Cicchino, M.Ed., Curriculum Developer, NAMISA, Tucson, Ariz.

The Psychosocial Health of Pregnant Young Adults

Utilizing preliminary data from the YoungMoms Study, this presentation will reporte findings regarding stress, social support, depression, and substance use among pregnant young adults aged 15–21 to increase awareness about the unique challenges faced by this population. It will highlight novel information concerning psychosocial health disparities between pregnant sexual and gender minorities (SGM) and their non-SGM peers. Finally, it will shareresults of a multivariable model that identified risk and protective factors for perceived stress in this sample.

Corinne Beaugard, MSW, Ph.D. Candidate, Boston University School of Social Work, West Newton, Mass.
Nicole Boss, M.A. Psychology, Research Project Assistant, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Natacha De Genna, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Track 2: Advancing the Promise of Research

A Mixed-Methods Study on Student Stress and Coping During the Pandemic

This presentation will examine a broad-sweeping community crisis and closely explore student stress responses through quantitative and qualitative data from students’ self-reported responses. The research shared will highlight certain protective factors, including support systems and coping mechanisms, for students during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, it will also provide creative innovations for how knowledge regarding the stress responses and coping mechanisms may influence the changing nature of engaging students.

Hadih Deedat, Ph.D., MSW, MPH, Assistant Professor, West Chester University, West Chester, Pa.
Brie Radis, DSW, MSS, MLSP, LCSW, Assistant Professor, West Chester University, West Chester, Pa.

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Track 3: Addressing Mental Health Disparities

Insufficiencies in Addressing Racial Trauma Among African-Americans

Understanding the impact of racial trauma among African-Americans is an important topic in the fight for social justice. This presentation will address what racial trauma is, acknowledge that discrimination and racism have a traumatic effect, address the lack of representation of race in the DSM-V and discuss how these disparities have a negative impact this population.

Simone Watkins, M.Ed., Ph.D. Candidate, Counselor Education & Supervision, Adler University, Chicago, Ill.

Partnering with Criminal Justice to Support People with a Mental Illness

Presenters will describe the challenges, opportunities and outcomes of providing NAMI Education and Support programs (e.g., Peer-to-Peer and Connection Support Groups) for clients on probation living with a mental illness. Other NAMI Affiliates in California have expressed an interest in adopting the program and procedures NAMI Alameda County South has developed with probation.

Lisa Heintz, J.D., Director, Clinical Reentry and Diversion Programs, Alameda County Probation, Oakland, Calif.
Joe Rose, MBA, President and CEO, NAMI Alameda County South, Fremont, Calif.

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Track 5: Supporting Stronger Communities

Building a Competent Crisis Care System with SAMHSA in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

In December 2020, a diverse team comprised of Tuscaloosa, Ala., NAMI leadership, behavioral health care providers (community treatment and acute hospitalization), EMS, law enforcement (multiple police departments) and academics (University of Alabama faculty member and student) was selected for SAMHSA’s "Building a Competent Crisis Care System at Intercepts 0–1" program, which involves needs assessment and technical assistance. Team members will describe their collaboration with SAMHSA and new efforts to improve the community’s crisis response.

Lauren Kois, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The University of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala.
Melissa Milano, Consultant, Northport, Ala.
Craig Parker, Supervisor — Behavioral Health Unit (Sergeant), Tuscaloosa Police Department, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Help & Hope for YOUth

The presentation will spread awareness and promote empowerment on youth-informed and youth-led efforts to expand mental health education as well as discuss how increasing collaboration supports advocacy efforts. It will also offer tools for starting a collective impact initiative in local communities and emphasize the impact of youth voices in these efforts.

Arcelia Cornidez, MBA, Project Director, Help & Hope for YOUth, Tucson, Ariz.

See Something, Do Something: Our Superpower to Support Mental Health

This presentation is designed to 1) remind participants about the importance of early mental health intervention and how each of us has a role to play and 2) empower participants to use their noticing skills and cultural sensitivity to support a person experiencing early signs and symptoms of mental health and/or substance use challenges.

Hwal Lee, M.S., Community Health PA, Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Center, Albany, N.Y.

The Clubhouse Model: Promoting Recovery for SMI

The Clubhouse Model of psychosocial rehabilitation values community reintegration, destigmatization and recovery from mental illness. This session will help participants understand the available resources for people living with serious mental illness (SMI) and foster hope that recovery is possible. The goal of this session is to disseminate the Clubhouse Model so people who are isolated and living with an SMI can, once again, find a community.

Amber Michon, Doctoral Student, Wayne State University, Warren, Mich.
Megan Price, M.A., Graduate Research Assistant, Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.

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