NAMI Convention Media Advisory

Jun 20 2017

NAMI Annual Convention

June 28-July 1, 2017

Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C.

1000+ individuals and family members affected by mental illness

will be on Capitol Hill on June 29 visiting with Members of Congress to voice support for Medicaid and mental health coverage in the health reform debate.

Outstanding Speakers

(Contact NAMI for dates and times)

  • Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) Senate Majority Whip
  • Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
  • The Honorable Elizabeth Dole
  • Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institute for Mental Health

Chirlane I. McCray, First Lady of New York City

NAMI Distinguished Service Award Honoree

Book Authors

  • Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
  • Kay Redfield Jamison, clinical psychologist and writer, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire; A Study of Genius, Mania and Character
  • Andrea Petersen, Wall Street Journal contributing writer, On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety
  • David Leite, Food Writer, Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression


Elizabeth Blue

Award-winning film about love and living with schizophrenia drawn from the writer’s (Vincent Sabella) life. Followed by a discussion with Sabella (writer and director) and Joe Dain (producer).

God Knows Where I Am (Clips)

A homeless woman is found dead in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Based on her diary. Discussion to follow with Todd Wider, M.D. and Jedd Wider, Esq., producers and directors of acclaimed social justice documentaries.


Please see the  full convention program for detailed information about major sessions and workshops that will present the latest scientific research, treatment innovations, education programs, public policy issues and many other topics.

About NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.