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NAMI Convention, July 6-9

Get Ready for Movies & Music!

Don’t miss these special events at NAMI’s national convention, July 6-9, 2009 in San Francisco. Register now for the convention. Special hotel and airline rates are available. See other events on the convention program.

Sunday, July 5th, 7:30 P.M.

Help kick-off NAMI’s 30th anniversary with an advance screening of the PBS documentary, When Medicine Got It Wrong, about NAMI’s dramatic grassroots origins and founding as a national organization. The film will premiere national on television in the fall. In the 1970s, families rebelled against medical theories that blamed schizophrenia on bad parenting and changed forever how mental illness is viewed. Their legacy is our work today.

Tuesday, July 7th, 8:00 P.M.

Live performance by internationally known jazz musician Joyce Cooling, a national advocate for NAMI. Her brother lives with schizophrenia, and growing up, she recalls NAMI meetings being held in her family’s living room. Visit her My Space page to learn more about her soulful, funky, eclectic, colorful, body-moving sound. A portion of sales of her popular CD, Revolving Door, directly benefits NAMI.

Wednesday, July 8th, 8:00 P.M.

Special screening of The Soloist, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx, the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man with mental illness who is a music virtuoso. The movie is an Academy Award contender for 2010. It is a wonderful exposition of the redemptive power of music and friendship. The book on which the movie is based is available in paperback.

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