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Recovery for All: April 2008

  • NAMI Multicultural Leadership Conference
  • NAMI 2008 National Convention
  • Finding Light in the Darkness of Depression by Terrie Williams
  • New Resources/ New Initiative/ Upcoming Events 

NAMI Multicultural Leadership Conference

For the first conference of its kind, leaders of multicultural efforts from NAMI state organizations and affiliates around the country gathered in late March for a weekend leadership development conference in St. Louis. The goal of this conference was to provide NAMI leaders with the information and tools necessary to carry out strategic initiatives to promote progress in multicultural action at the local level, moving these leaders from good to great through advocacy, cultural competence, and multicultural outreach.

  • Click here for a recap of the conference, including details on sessions and access to PowerPoint presentations and supportive materials utilized during the conference.
  • Click here to view and downloadmaterials provided on the resource CD made available to conference attendees organized in categories of the three main areas of focus—advocacy, cultural competence, and multicultural outreach.

NAMI 2008 National Convention
Tomorrowland Today: Making Recovery RealConvention 2008 logo

Orlando, here we come! The NAMI 2008 National Convention will take place June 13–16 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida. This event provides information on cutting-edge research, treatment, advocacy, support, and camaraderie for families, consumers, providers of mental health services, members, and nonmembers—the entire NAMI family. The Multicultural Action Center is proud to host workshops and sessions that will focus on new research and initiatives addressing the needs of our diverse grassroots. Click here for session and speaker information.

Visit for general NAMI 2008 National Convention details. 

Finding Light in the Darkness of DepressionTerrie M. Williams

By: Terrie M. Williams

Author of BLACK PAIN: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting

When I collapsed in a mental and emotional breakdown that left me paralyzed, unable to get out of bed to face the next three days, I had no idea what I was experiencing and didn’t know there was a way out. All I knew was that the light of day was unbearable, having to do anything more than lie there in the dark was more than I could handle, and seeing or speaking to anyone was something I just couldn’t bring myself to do.   I needed help, but I didn’t know what kind.                                                       

This happened to me in 2005, the result of a nine-month build-up of sadness, anxiety, and stress that finally overwhelmed me to the point of complete shut down.  But out of that darkness came the light that saved my life.  I was practically carried to a psychotherapist and diagnosed with clinical depression—something that never clicked in my mind as something I had.  Full article

New ResourcesDocumenting Our Presence

Documenting Our Presence: Multicultural Experiences of Mental Illness

NAMI New Jersey has created a great outreach tool by documenting the personal stories of individuals with mental illness and their families, showcasing a variety of cultural perspectives and backgrounds. Learn more about this documentary and watch the trailer here.

2007 National Healthcare Disparities Report

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the National Healthcare Disparities Report. This report summarizes health care quality and access among various racial, ethnic, and income groups and other priority populations, such as children and older adults. Click here for useful resources offered by AHRQ, such as available data sets, state comparison tools, and access to the full report.

New Initiative

National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health Project Focuses on Community-Defined Evidence

The Community-Defined Evidence Project (CDEP) is a partnership between National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Healthand the National Latino Behavioral Health Association, and is in collaboration with the Department of Child and Family Studies of the Florida Mental Health Institute of University of South Florida. As an alternative to the current trend of research in evidence-based practices, which often lacks involvement of ethnic/racial populations, CDEP aims to measure what works in communities of color. The goal is to identify measurable, culturally based practices that may be nationally recognized models which support improved access to quality services among ethnic/racially diverse communities. Read more about the CDEP here in a presentation given by project leader, Ken Martinez, Psy.D., at the University of South Florida Research and Training Center  21st Annual Research Conference.

Upcoming Event

14th Annual Rural minority and Multicultural Health ConferenceNRHA Logo

December 11-12, 2008, Albuquerque, NM—hosted by the National Rural Health Association, click here for details. Call for Presentations submission deadline is May 30, contact Rosemary McKenzie  for more information.

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