2009 NAMI National Convention

Celebrating Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Providing Awareness... Supporting Families... Eliminating Stigma

Those are the goals of Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and those are the goals of NAMI's extensive programming at the 2009 National Convention aimed at improving our cultural competence, expanding access to treatment for cultural and ethnic minorities, and making NAMI's outreach to diverse communities more effective.

Among the events planned for the convention:
  • A special address on Race Matters: Cultural Issues Regarding Health & Wellness by Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the UC Davis School of Medicine and a professor of internal medicine there.
  • A three-hour seminar on the key issues in recovery and community integration for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals with mental illness.
  • A Town Hall Meeting celebrating the first anniversary of Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, highlighting minority mental health issues, and developing a plan to increase awareness and strengthen advocacy.

Bebe Moore Campbell

More on NAMI heroine Bebe Moore Campbell

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Union Square
Union Square

The oldest building in San Francisco, Mission Dolores was constructed by the Franciscan friars and Ohlone Indians in 1791.

At that time the land was still claimed by Spanish pioneers and called Alta California.

The columned façade is actually a single wall of whitewashed adobe bricks.

Inside the church is a small museum and in back, the Mission cemetery contains an array of historical gravestones.

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

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Dr. Marsha Linehan

Dr. Marsha Linehan

David Wellstone

David Wellstone

Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola

Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola

Dr. John Newcomer

Dr. John Newcomer

Joyce Cooling

Joyce CoolingInternationally known cool jazz recording artist and active NAMI member Joyce Cooling will perform live at the NAMI Convention on Tuesday, July 7th.

Cooling, whose newest CD "Global Cooling" will be released in April, is an eclectic musician whose CD collection includes Ornette Coleman, Ahmad Jamal, and Bill Evans, but also James Brown, Maurice Ravel, Jimi Hendrix, and Aerosmith, as well as music from all over the world.

For more information - and a chance to listen to some of Cooling's tunes -- visit her official website.

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We want to make sure you have a great time in San Francisco!  So, to give you a few extra bucks for travel, we have a special offer for early registrants!

Register on-line by March 1, 2009 and receive the special Super Saver rate of $195

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

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


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