2019 NAMI Washington State Conference
Moving Mental Health Forward for 40 Years: What Will the Next 40 Years Bring?
October 4th 1:00 PM to October 5th 6:00 PM
Yakima Convention Center
Hosted with NAMI Yakima
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“We can no longer afford to be silenced by stigma or stymied by misguided ideas
that portray these conditions as a matter of weakness or moral failing."
Fast forward 40 years and it’s 2019. Mental health is no longer only discussed behind closed doors, if discussed at all. Instead it is something screened for in doctors’ offices around the world. In schools there is an increased awareness about the symptoms and signs of mental illnesses in young adults and adolescents, and more information is easily available about what to do when you see someone exhibiting these signs. Counseling and self-care services are available literally at the push of a button through countless apps on your phone. Indeed, there are even movies and TV shows created around the idea that those living with mental illnesses should not be feared or locked away, but helped and understood. The knowledge that everyone is susceptible to a mental illness, that everyone struggles with mental health challenges at some point in their life, or in the life of someone they love, has become a rallying cry to many.
With every technological advance or medical insight there are always questions – how will integrated healthcare work? Will apps replace counselors? Does increased coverage around mental health actually increase understanding and decrease stigma? We may not have all these answers yet, but we have seen in recent years how others are willing to step up to the plate and continue moving the cause of mental health forward. More and more young people are advocating for improved policies, increased resources and equitable access to mental health supports, and even celebrities are adding their voices, but there are still individuals too burdened to share their stories or to seek help, and until that changes there is more to do. A lot has changed in the past 40 years, but much remains to be done.
These are the themes to be explored at NAMI Washington’s 2019 Annual Statewide Conference: reflection on the past and inspiration for the future; lessons learned and resulting in new directions; building on accomplishments to date; and moving forward with courage and creativity.
Keynotes and Plenaries
About Phil Borges: Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous cultures and striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face for over 25 years. For his program, Stirring the Fire, Phil produced and filmed several short films, capturing the stories of women heroes and the issues they face all over the world, both as solo projects and in collaboration with organizations such as UN Women and CARE. Phil has spoken at multiple TED talks; including TED in 2007, TEDxRainier in 2012 and TEDxUMKC in 2013 and hosted television documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic.
- Experiential Group Therapy: Approaches for Mental Health Professionals Working with People in Crisis
- 2020 Legislative Priorities
- Creating the Future for POC Mental Health in Washington
- Shaping the Future for Wounded Warriors - A Review of Current Government Initiatives Relating to Medical Care of
- Veterans and Support for their Families
- Training Family and Caregivers in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis-Informed Skills Within the Context of a CBTp State Provider Network (Pre-Registration Required)
- Law Enforcement 101: Critical Information for Non-Law Enforcement in Crisis Situations
- Infusion of Inclusion
- Strengthening Families Protective Framework
- How Increased Understanding and Openness are Helping People Tackle Tarditive Dyskansia
- Mental Health Workforce for the Future: Building Education and Career Pathways for a Recovery Oriented Society
- Bringing Specialty Care to Individuals Experiencing their First Episode Psychosis: Washington State's New Journeys Network
- 1-940 Police De-Escalation and Crisis Intervention Teams
- R.E.A.D.Y - Real Emergency Aid Depends on You - "The CPR for Mental Health Crises"
- Trueblood: Diversion, Re-Entry, and Recovery
- Thriving with Bipolar Disorder: A Panel of Asian American Perspectives
- Foundational Community Supports - Housing & Employment
- Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner's (OIC) Access to Behavioral Health Services Grant Project - Are Consumers Receiving Needed Services in the Private Health Insurance Market?
- "I Got This!": Using Technology to Take Control of Your Symptoms
Conference Guests should call the front desk at 509-452-6511 and reference the NAMI WA Conference and October 4-5 stay dates in order to get the discounted Conference Rate.
The rate is $89.00 + tax per night, and includes breakfast every morning.