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2009 NAMI Convention

Recovery for All
December 2008

The NAMI 2009 Convention will take place July 6-9 in San Francisco. This convention marks NAMI’s 30th anniversary and the first anniversary of Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Registration is open and the event information is available at

The Multicultural Action Center will provide a limited number of scholarships this year and will make these scholarships available only to active members of our leaders groups. Opportunities will be made available for leaders groups members to meet in-person in San Francisco More details on scholarships and leaders groups convention meetings will be made available in early 2009.

Convention program preparations are in progress and the Multicultural Action Center is looking forward to many workshops (yet to be confirmed) covering important issues multicultural mental health as well as proud to host the following planned events:

GLBT Mental Health Seminar

This special 3-hour seminar is to focus on recovery and community integration for GLBT consumers, featuring two new resource publications and covering pertinent issues in GLBT mental health including an historical perspective of these issues.

Moving Forward: Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Month

In May 2008 the US House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in order to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.  This town hall style session will highlight minority mental health issues and will focus on how NAMI advocates can foster awareness and advocacy. Disparities in minority mental health care have been well documented.  NAMI advocates can play a key role bringing attention to this issue and advocating for much needed change.