2024 NAMI New Hampshire Annual Conference Coming Soon!

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March 26th & 27thFree Registration Now Open

NAMI New Hampshire invites you to register and join us for the 2024 NAMI NH Annual Conference, held virtually on Tuesday evening, March 26 and all day Wednesday, March 27.  This year’s theme is Cultivating Hope – Celebrating Our Everyday Heroes.

The conference is an opportunity to come together to learn, network, and communicate messages of hope. 

The conference will launch Tuesday night with keynote speaker Dr. Xavier Amador, founder of the LEAP Institute and author of I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help! – How to Help Someone Accept Treatment. Anosognosia can be a symptom of serious mental illness, leaving those impacted unable to recognize their own illness. Dr. Amador will present research on the prevalence, etiology, and clinical significance of poor insight of persons with serious mental illness and discuss strategies for helping these individuals.

Wednesday begins with a welcome session featuring Lori Weaver, Commissioner, NH Department of Health and Human Services and Susan Stearns, Executive Director of NAMI NH, who will address the state of New Hampshire’s mental health system.

Our Wednesday afternoon keynote speaker will be Dr. Christine Crawford, Associate Medical Director for NAMI National and author of the forthcoming book You Are Not Alone for Parents and Caregivers: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Your Child’s Mental Health with Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real Families due for release in September 2024. Dr. Crawford will speak to a number of concerns parents and caregivers face when raising children and youth who may experience mental health challenges.

Additionally, there are workshop offerings throughout the day on Wednesday, including An Everyday Hero’s Journey from Struggling Student to Successful Professor (Julio Del Sesto); Stigma Doesn’t Stand a Chance – NAMIWalks New Hampshire & This Is My Brave (NAMI NH’s development team); Crisis Supports and Suicide Prevention for Autistic People (Lisa Morgan); and The Highs & Lows Tour: A Community Cycling Event for Better Mental Health (Thomas Dearborn and Eric Skinner).

We encourage parents/caregivers of children and youth with mental health challenges, loved ones of adults with a mental illness, military families, peer recovery professionals, those 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, and anyone who wants to have a better understanding of the importance of mental health to attend this free conference. 

To register or learn more, click here or contact Michele Watson

Many thanks to our sponsors: Johnson & Johnson, AmeriHealth Caritas, NH Community Behavioral Health Association, and WellSense Health Plan.