Annual Conference

Register today for these FREE conference sessions!

Join us starting Thursday, July 23rd at 6 PM as Ken Norton, NAMI NH Executive Director, will kick off the Annual Conference Learning Series. Opening remarks will be followed by the keynote presentation delivered by Lynda Michaud Cutrell. Lynda, Boston area artist, will share more about The 99 Faces Project: Portraits Without Labels. Hear about the 99 striking photographs of individuals with serious mental illnesses and those who love them and the artist’s goal to normalize mental health through a series of powerful images.

Opening Remarks and Keynote Address

Opening Remarks – Thursday, July 23, 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Kenneth Norton, LICSW, Executive Director, NAMI NH

Join Ken as we welcome participants to the NAMI NH Virtual Conference Learning Series.

Keynote Address: Faces of Hope – Thursday, July 23, 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Lynda Michaud Cutrell

Join us for an inspiring keynote from Boston-area artist Lynda Michaud Cutrell of The 99 Faces Project: Portraits Without Labels. Hear about the 99 striking photographs of individuals with serious mental illnesses and those who love them and the artist’s goal to normalize mental health through a series of powerful images.

Sponsored by AmeriHealth Caritas

A Biosocial Perspective on Adolescent Stress & Anxiety

Monday, July 27, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Erin H. Sharp, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, University of New Hampshire

This workshop will provide an overview of the critical developmental changes associated with adolescence, and then narrow in on how these changes can affect adolescents’ behavior and mental health. This session will include a discussion about the impact of social media and the effects on constant connection.

Healing Through Creativity: What to Let Be & What to Reach For

Tuesday, July 28, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Lisa Stockwell

There is a connection between our heart, our thoughts, and our hands which can help us to express many feelings that we hold inside. Creativity can help us to put those emotions outside, so we can see our experience from a different lens, giving us a sense of control and allowing us to let go of things beyond our control. No art experience is needed to use this simple process of letting be and reaching for!

Sponsored by NFI North

Partnering for Hope: First Episode Psychosis Services in New Hampshire

Wednesday, July 29, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Cynthia Whitaker, PsyD, MLADC (Chief of Services at Greater Nashua Mental Health); Paul Lassins, LICSW (Coordinator of HOPE Program at Greater Nashua Mental Health); Theo Baars, CRSW (Alumni Coordinator at WestBridge); and Michelle Wagner (Community Educator and Outreach Coordinator at NAMI NH)

Every year, about 100,000 teenagers and young adults in the United States experience their first psychotic episode. While this can be a scary and isolating experience, there is hope. In this webinar you will learn about a program that results in improvements in symptoms, relationships and quality of life; increases involvement in work or school; and promotes engagement in treatment. Lived experiences and collaborative efforts across the state of New Hampshire to increase access to this important program will also be discussed.

Crisis Intervention Teams: Stories from the Field

Thursday, July 30, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
A panel discussion facilitated by Ret. Major Russell Conte, NH State Police, NAMI NH Board Member

Join us for a panel discussion with First Responders and peers, featuring impact stories from Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and recent trainings in the Granite State.  What is happening in NH to create better, more appropriate responses to mental health emergencies? How have trainings and experiences informed better care for individuals in crisis?  How have First Responders themselves been impacted by their experiences with CIT?  What can be expected when a CIT responds to a call?  First responders will discuss how CIT trainings are changing the way they empathize and offer compassion to individuals in mental health crises.

Gun Violence and Mental Illness and Closing Address

Thursday, July 30, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Kenneth Norton, LICSW, Executive Director, NAMI NH

Closing Address – Thursday, July 30, 7:30pm to 8:00pm
Kenneth Norton, LICSW, Executive Director, NAMI NH

Join Ken as we wrap up a week of engaging, informative, and inspiring sessions and celebrate a successful virtual Annual Conference!

With the recent increase in mass shootings, media and politicians often point to mental illness as being the cause of firearm violence.  Through lecture, interactive live polling and discussion, this workshop will explore public perception vs what research and science informs us about the connection between violence, gun violence and mental illness and what role substance use disorders also play in firearm violence.

Sponsored by WestBridge

NAMI NH Annual Conference Virtual Learning Series, April 15th- 22nd, Mental Health for All, workshop registration for this FREE event coming in early March.

Participants will:

  • Increase awareness of resources, for all stages and ages of their mental health journey.
  • Leave the conference feeling empowered and hopeful.
  • Be part of a community of mental health – recognizing they are not alone, that NAMI NH is families helping families.
  • Recognize the importance of peer voices and lived experience.
  • Learn ways to reduce stigma and discrimination.
  • Understand the many forms mental health recovery takes.
  • Learn individual advocacy.
  • Understand mental health is connected with overall health and well-being.
  • Focus on ways to connect and network on a virtual platform.

Our conference participants come from communities all around New Hampshire and are interested in learning more about mental illness. This includes broadening their understanding of ways to support each other, reduce stigma, advocate for quality mental health services and find needed resources. Those we encourage to attend include parents who have a child or youth with an emotional disorder, families who are supporting an adult or older adult loved one with mental illness, those who have a mental illness, military families, peer recovery professionals, individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide, families and individuals who are struggling with co-occurring disorders and the service providers who support recovery efforts in New Hampshire. This is an opportunity to come together to learn, network and communicate messages of hope.

The conference will include opening remarks and a Q & A featuring NAMI NH Executive Director, Ken Norton followed by Commissioner Shibinette with her remarks A Path Forward. The conference keynote, Deo Mwano share a message of hope and resilience.

Stay tuned for more information on how to register for workshops, topics to include:

  • Motivational Interviewing for Families
  • Silver Linings: A Volunteers Journey
  • The Concept Project
  • What to Say to Emergency Responders When Your Loved One is in Crisis
  • The Role of Faith in Recovery
  • 603 Stories of Hope and Resilience
  • Racial Equity and Mental Health Care in NH

Conference sponsorship opportunities:

Each year at the NAMI NH annual conference we come together to learn, network, refresh and honor champions of mental health in communities around New Hampshire. We invite community partners to help sponsor this year’s conference Faces of Hope. For more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact Kristen Welch or read more about virtual sponsorship Opportunities.

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