Saturday, June 18
The 2005 NAMI National Convention began today in Austin, Texas. NAMI leaders, members and others whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness arrived from across the country and around the world for four days of information, inspiration and camaraderie.
The focus of the day's activities was networking and training for NAMI's grassroots leaders and advocates. Many attendees took part in one of the 17 sessions of the NAMI Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is a semiannual event that focuses on enhancing the ability of NAMI leaders to manage, govern, teach, and advocate.
Other highlights included meetings of NAMI state and affiliate leaders and the Family-to-Family Institute, a open mic with the board of directors and special presentations on estate planning. The day was capped off by an awards ceremony to recognize accomplishments within the NAMIWALKS program, and a movie double feature of Unbreakable Minds and A Beautiful Mind.
View photos of Saturday's activities!
Stars helping slay stigma of mental illness
At a time when Texas' public mental health system is cracking under the strain of too many patients and too little money, Austin celebrities are joining the ranks of national figures who are openly talking about their battles with mental illness. (opens new window toAustin American-Statesman; requires free registration)