NAMI Illinois 2020 Virtual State Conference

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Focused on the New Future of Mental Health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Illinois is presenting its annual conference online this year on October 16 and 17, 2020. The conference connects people affected by mental illness with resources, support, and research.

The NAMI Illinois Conference theme is “Driving Change: The New Future of Mental Health,” focusing on the dramatic increase in the critical need for services due to COVID-19. Millions nationwide are experiencing the challenges of anxiety and depression for the first time, and those living with mental health conditions are struggling to cope with circumstances that intensify their challenges.

The weekend agenda features more than 50 speakers offering presentations, breakouts, and workshops. This year’s Keynote Addresses will be given by
NAMI CEO Dan Gillison, Jr.
and David Albert, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Mental Health at the Illinois Department of Human Services.
They will both address the impact of what is happening in 2020 on the current mental health landscape within NAMI.

Event details are available at

Because of the virtual setup, sessions have been shortened to one hour each. Ticket prices have also been reduced to $50 per person, and $10 for individuals living with a mental health condition. CEUs will be awarded for the conference.

Find registration information at

WHAT: NAMI Illinois 2020 State Conference

WHERE: Online

WHEN: Friday, October 16

Saturday, October 17

COST: $50 / $10

WHY: The annual conference provides educational opportunities for individuals living with mental illnesses, their loved ones, and mental health professionals. The conference will offer more than 25 breakout sessions, allowing each participant to customize the event to match his/her interests. Learn more:

ABOUT: NAMI Illinois is a statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults living with mental illness by providing education, support, and advocacy to patients and their families. NAMI began in 1979 when a group of parents joined together to advocate for sons and daughters with mental illnesses who were discharged from the state hospital without services to support them in the community. NAMI Illinois is guided by those we serve, with nearly all our staff, board, and volunteers of NAMI either living with mental illness or being a family member of someone who has a mental illness. For more information, please visit Questions regarding NAMI Illinois can be sent to

via Lake View, IL Patch

October 11, 2020 at 08:33AM

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