NAMI’s 2009 Annual Convention – celebrating our 30th year! – will be held July 6–9 in San Francisco. We’ve got lots of special events planned to celebrate this milestone in our history. We’ll take a look back at some of our major accomplishments, and equip you with the information and tools you need to tackle the challenges that still lay ahead of us. And all of this will be taking place in one of the world’s great cities!

To keep you abreast of convention developments, help you with hotel and travel arrangements, and give you information to plan your trip to the City by the Bay, we’ll be sending you this monthly update on the convention.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join thousands of your NAMI friends and advocates to celebrate our past while we stand together to look to the future.

Dr. Marsha Linehan, creator of dialectical behavioral therapy, a revolutionary treatment for people with borderline personality disorder, will present at the Research Plenary during the upcoming convention.

Dr. Linehan is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle and director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics.

She originally developed the therapy to help chronically suicidal people. It has since been adapted for a variety of settings as well as for a number of other seemingly intractable behavioral disorders.

Full Schedule of Events

The Palace of Fine Arts and
The Exploratorium

“The Palace” was originally designed by architect Bernard Maybeck as a temporary structure for an exhibition in 1915.

The romantic lagoon, Romanesque rotunda, and elegant colonnade evoke a sense of joy and timeless beauty. Even after the other structures were torn down, the public clamored to preserve the Palace. It was nearly entirely rebuilt in 1966, after crumbling for almost 50 years.

The Exhibition Hall now houses one of the most unusual museums in the world, the hands-on science Exploratorium, conceived by physicist Frank Oppenheimer. You can learn more here


Unlike most of Calfornia, it's nice and cool in San Francisco in July. Average daily highs are in the mid-60's and at night temperatures typically fall in to the low 50's. While rain is unlikely in July, fog often rolls off the Bay and over the city late in the day -- making the evenings quite cool. So, bring a sweater with you to the NAMI Convention.


All activities will be held in the San Francisco Hilton and Towers located at:

333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 777-1400

* Special Discount Rate Available Through May 31, 2009