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NAMI Opens Annual Convention In San Diego

Leading Experts to Discuss Scientific Research, Medical Treatments and Public Policy Issues

For Immediate Release, June 15, 2000
Contacts: Mary Rappaport or Peg Nichols 703-524-7600

San Diego, CA - The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the nation's leading grassroots advocacy organization solely dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses, opens it's annual convention today at the Town & Country Resort Hotel. In keeping with the theme, "Turning Promise Into Practice," the convention is presenting the latest developments in scientific research and dramatic breakthroughs in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of serious brain disorders that are helping millions of Americans recover from the once crippling effects of mental illness.

When: Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17, 2000
Where: Town and Country Resort Hotel
Convention Center
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA

Convention highlights:

  • Childhood & adolescent mental Illnesses, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and mood disorders
  • Criminalization and jail diversion
  • Spirituality and mental illness
  • Getting and keeping a job
  • Depression screening for teenagers
  • Helping the homeless
  • Use of nutrients and botanical extracts in psychiatry
  • Clinical signs, symptoms and effective treatments for schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder

Research updates, topical symposia, workshops, "Ask the Doctor" sessions, and plenary presentations will continue through June 17. Nationally prominent policy makers, authors, researchers, and physicians will be available for media interviews throughout the convention. More than 2,000 NAMI members from around the country also will be available to share their personal experiences with severe mental illnesses.

To schedule media interviews and to discuss story ideas, please contact NAMI's Convention Press office at 619-908-5057 or NAMI's Communications Department at 703-524-7600.