#NAMICon15

#NAMICon15


In July, I had the privilege to attend the NAMI National Convention in San Francisco. There was a wealth of knowledge packed into those four days. I have compiled a summary of resources based on my experience below:

  • NAMI National Convention 2015 presentations and other resources
  • AssureX – a personalized medicine company that specializes in pharmacogenomics and is dedicated to helping healthcare providers get the genetic information they need to determine the genetically appropriate medication(s) for individual patients suffering from neuropsychiatric and other medical conditions.
  • Connect 4 Mental Health – a nationwide initiative that calls for communities to prioritize serious mental illness with greater collaboration among the mental health community and other community-based organizations – such as emergency services, law enforcement and public housing – to implement localized programs and services that help support the estimated 1 in 17 Americans living with serious mental illness, their families and the communities in which they live. Video
  • GeneSight – a genetic test that helps healthcare providers take a personalized approach to prescribing medicine for patients.
  • Marsha Linehan and Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Characteristics associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) include emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, interpersonal problems, self-harm, and suicidal behaviors. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a compassionate and evidence-based model that has proven to be effective for consumers. Linehan Institute – Behavior Tech
  • Mental Health America Los Angeles “Evolution of Flow Through the MHA System of Care” – tailors services to fit each individual’s needs, assigns individuals to the right level of care, and creates “flow” through a mental health system.
  • Mental Health America of Los Angeles, Homeless Innovations Project – blends the old-fashioned touch of on-the-street and in-home services with new-fashioned technology to increase access to services and improve the quality of recovery-focused care. We use a “street medicine” approach to bring services directly to homeless individuals using Mobile Health Teams.
  • NAMI AIR App – the new NAMI app, a free, mobile-based social network designed for individuals living with mental health conditions and their family members/caregivers. NAMI AIR is intended to provide another way for people to find and give support and to connect with others through smart phone and computer tablet.
  • NAMI Ending the Silence – raises awareness and changes perceptions around mental health conditions. Through this free classroom presentation, students get to see the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the 50-minute presentation, a young adult living with mental illness and a family member tell their stories about mental health challenges, including what hurt and what helped. Video
  • NAMI In Our Own Voice (IOOV) – presentations that change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness. People with mental health conditions share their powerful personal stories in this free, 90-minute presentation. Video
  • NAMI Partnership with AKA – starting in 2015, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) and NAMI are working together to increase mental health awareness in the African American community.
  • NAMI Say It Out Loud – Say it Out Loud gives adults the tools they need to hold conversations about mental health with teens in faith-based or community youth groups. Article with video.
  • NAMI Talk – Hakeem Rahim, Let’s Talk Mental Illness ™ Presenter
  • NAMI Talk – Theo Bennett, Student at Brigham Young University
  • OK2Talk – the goal is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. Anyone can add their voice by sharing creative content such as poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, song lyrics and messages of support in a safe, moderated space. #OK2Talk Video
  • Research Update: PTSD, Dr. Thomas Neylan
  • The Mental Health Channel – the mission is to create engaging, enlightening, informative programming, commercial free, to help all viewers improve their mental health. Their videos can be found on YouTube and Vimeo

Donna Kester, Communications Director

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