Annual Conference

NAMI NH Virtual Annual Conference, April 7, 2022.

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.

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

We are grateful for our Annual Conference Sponsors and Donors, who make it possible to offer this event at no charge to attendees. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact
Kristen Welch, CFRE, Director of Development.

Register today for these FREE conference sessions!

All sessions are being recorded and will be available on the NAMI NH website following the Annual Conference Learning Series. All recorded sessions will have captioning enabled. Certificates of attendance will be available at the end of each session.

Join us starting Thursday, April 15th at 10 AM 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.

A Path Forward

Thursday, April 15, 10:00am to 12:00pm

NH Commissioner, Department of Health and Human Services, Lori Shibinette

Immediately following the Commissioner, Ken Norton, Executive Director, NAMI NH will share some remarks and host a Q & A session.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected daily life for all Granite Staters. In this session, Commissioner Shibinette will provide an update on the pandemic response from the NH Department of Health and Human Services. In particular, the Commissioner will speak about the short-term and long-term impacts of the pandemic on NH’s mental health system.

The Doing and Being of Perseverance

Thursday, April 15, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Deo Mwano, Deo Mwano Consultancy

In his keynote address, Deo will share his lived experience of trauma and mental health struggles as well as his expertise on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Even though we are more globally connected today than ever before, we are still separated. We protect ourselves by putting up walls – preferences exclusive to our ways. This presentation will explore mindsets, perspectives, and how we can show up for our community.

The Concept Project

Friday, April 16, 10:00am to 11:00am

Emmie Daswani, Adrian Delli Colli and Garret Roberts

In a difficult year, three college students and childhood friends embarked on a mission to raise awareness of the highs and lows of mental illness. The students, Emmie Daswani, Adrian Delli Colli and Garret Roberts, created the Concept Project as a way to spotlight social issues while completing mental and physical challenges outdoors. This winter, they began an incredible journey walking 120 miles from Mount Washington, the highest point in NH, to Hampton Beach, the lowest point, to represent the highs and lows of mental health during the pandemic. Not only did the Concept Project raise awareness of mental health, but they also raised nearly $10,000 for NAMI NH programs and services. Join us to hear about their inspiring adventure as they share photos, video, and stories of their expedition and find out about the plans for their upcoming challenges.

NAMIWalks NH Virtual Rally

Friday, April 16, 11:15am to 11:45am

Brittany Porter, NAMI NH

  • Join us for the first event of the 2021 NAMIWalks NH season
  • Celebrate the success of 2020’s NAMIWalks NH Your Way and learn how you can be part of the action in 2021!
  • Hear updates from your Walk Manager
  • Hear from NAMI NH Leadership
  • Learn how to navigate the Walk website
  • Leave with fabulous tips to rock your Walk
  • Q&A
  • Register for NAMIWalks NH 2021 by the end of the Annual Conference (4/22) and be entered to win a Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch

Motivational Interviewing for Loved Ones

Friday, April 16, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Emily Kline, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychologist, Boston University School of Medicine

Seeing loved ones struggle with their mental health can be heart breaking, especially if they are reluctant to take medication or accept other kinds of help. A communication strategy called motivational interviewing is widely used by health professionals to enhance people’s motivation to make healthy changes. Dr. Emily Kline has developed a motivational interviewing-inspired curriculum for family members of individuals with mental illness. In this workshop, Dr. Kline will teach these skills to attendees and share her research findings on motivational interviewing for loved ones.

Resilience and Spirituality: How Faith Plays a Role in Our Wellness

Saturday, April 17, 10:00am to 11:30am

The Reverend Carol Morehead, Grace Episcopal Church & Doug Beach, M.S., President NAMI San Antonio, chairperson of the NAMI FaithNet Advisory Group

For many people, a holistic worldview is a key component for mental health and wellness, including integrating the role of faith and spirituality. Carol and Doug’s conversation will explore these connections from both  personal and community perspectives. Learn about NAMI FaithNet, an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy, and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness.

Understanding Microaggressions, Racial Trauma, and their Intersections with Mental Health*

Monday, April 19, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Nicole Sublette MA, LCMHC, CH, Psychotherapist

Are you familiar with the term “micro”aggression?  How can we identify “micro”aggressions, and what can we do when confronted with them either as a target, perpetrator, or bystander?  This workshop will discuss the impact and harm caused by “micro”aggressions and the ethical implications of one’s own speech and actions.  Participants will learn common themes of this term and how to redefine and rename it.   This workshop will also explore the signs and symptoms of racial trauma and how we can be racially informed peers, colleagues, and neighbors.

*This session will not be recorded, if you are interested in attending you must attend live. This session will include breakout sessions with small group work. Lastly, the presenter has requested that you keep your camera on for the best experience.

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), Part 2

Tuesday, April 20, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Ross Greene, Ph.D.

CPS is the non-punitive, non-adversarial, trauma-informed model of care Dr. Ross Greene originated and describes in his various books, including The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. The model is based on the premise that challenging behavior occurs when the expectations being placed on a kid exceed the kid’s capacity to respond adaptively. Dr. Greene shared an introduction to CPS in Part 1 of this workshop. Information in that session is foundational to Part 2. If you have not attended, it is essential to take time to listen prior to attending this workshop.

What to Say to Emergency Responders When Your Loved One is in Crisis

Wednesday, April 21, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Barbara Brunelle, NAMI NH Board Member and family member; Chief Goldstein, Chief of Police, Franklin Police Department; Sergeant Chris Remillard, Dunbarton Police Department

Some families can navigate a mental health crisis with the support of their family and mental health team. In some cases, however, a mental health crisis leaves families facing the difficult decision to call the police. In an era of traumatic videos being shared on multiple media sources, families may feel hesitant to reach out to emergency responders for help. In this workshop, a panel of presenters will share their recommendations for what to consider and communicate with emergency responders to improve outcomes. This panel will be moderated by Susan Allen-Samuel, the NH Crisis Intervention Teams Coordinator (CIT), who will provide an overview of the impact of CIT on mental health crisis response in New Hampshire since program implementation in 2018.

603 Stories of Hope and Resilience

Thursday, April 22, 10:00am to 11:00am

Michelle Wagner, NAMI NH;
JB Brackett, NAMI NH

Launched in 2020, the 603 Stories anti-stigma campaign uses story sharing to reduce the stigma around mental illness that can prevent Granite Staters from connecting to support and resources.  If you or a family member/loved one have been affected by mental illness or suicide, please join us to learn how sharing your experience can help your neighbors.  Folks have used a variety of mediums to share their stories: from written word to video, painting to photography, all forms of expression are welcome. Join us to hear from those who have shared their powerful stories and learn how you can get involved and share your own story.

Silver Linings of the Pandemic

Thursday, April 22, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Kelly Burch, Burch Creative, NAMI NH Family-to-Family teacher and volunteer

In September, NAMI NH volunteer Kelly Burch decided to chase a silver lining to the pandemic and set out on an open-ended RV trip with her husband, dog, and two daughters. Since then, they’ve been to 25 states, exploring back roads and bayous as well as some of America’s best-known parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite. Kelly will share her decision-making process, the highlights and challenges of the trip, and how getting away from real life was the perfect way to protect her family’s mental wellness during a year unlike any other. 

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