CEUs:   For several years NAMI has offered continuing education credits to nurses and social workers attending its National Convention.

This year we are happy to announce that CEUs will also be available for licensed counselors.

Although the exact number of CEUs has not yet been determined - and won't be until the program is developed further - in past years we have been able to offer between 15 and 20 CEUs.

Children and Teens:   For the second year in a row, NAMI will feature special programming for children at the convention. In addition to talking about the challenges that come with being the child or sibling of a person with a serious mental illness, there will be an excursion to the Exploratorium - the world's coolest hands-on science museum - art projects, and a chance to kick up our heels and have some fun!

The two-day program is designed for children and teens aged 10 to 17. The registration fee is $75.00.

* If you are bringing your child or teen to the convention but are not planning to have them participate in this program, there is no need to pay the $75.00 registration fee.

NAMI is proud to announce that Dr. John Newcomer will present the latest scientific research into the relationship between metabolic syndrome and psychiatric illness.

Dr. Newcomer's address is part of a strong focus at the convention on health and wellness issues as they relate to people with mental illnesses.

Dr. Newcomer is the medical director for the Center for Clinical Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including an Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from NAMI.

Metabolic Syndrome is a set of risk factors that includes obesity, hypertension, and unhealthy lipid levels. Patients who have this syndrome have a significantly higher risk of developing heart disease and/or diabetes.

Research has shown some psychiatric illnesses tend to predispose patients to metabolic syndrome, and it is considered a major risk factor in depression and other mental illnesses.

Full Schedule of Events

Home to the largest concentration of Chinese outside of China, San Francisco's Chinatown crams exotic shops, restaurants, markets, and temples into just 24 square blocks!

Chinatown was founded by the young men who came seeking fortunes from the Gold Rush and transcontinental railroad in the late 1800s, and later brought over their families.

Every year in February, the neighborhood explodes in a riot of color and festivities for the Chinese New Year festivities.

Learn more about Chinatown and other great San Francisco attractions by clicking here.

Workshop & Poster Proposal Deadline:   If you, or someone you know, are planning to submit a proposal to present a workshop or poster at the 2009 National Convention or this year's Leadership Institute, be aware that the deadline is December 15th. When submitting a proposal, keep in mind that July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month!

To submit a proposal click here.

You can learn more about Minority Mental Health Awareness Month by clicking here.

Hotel Information & Reservations

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

333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102