Top 10 Reasons To Attend the NAMI Conference

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Top 10 Reasons To Attend the NAMI Conference

Save the date! The 15th Annual Education Conference is swiftly approaching:

 Game On: Tackling the Stigma of Mental Illness
Saturday, April 11
Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
8 am to 4pm
Are you still undecided on whether or not to attend? Here are the top 10 reasons why you should register now:
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1. Our Keynote Speaker
This will be All-Pro Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall’s first time coming to his hometown of Pittsburgh to talk to the mental health community about his diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. He will also share his story about overcoming the stigma he faced as a professional athlete in the NFL. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Brandon Marshall and be inspired by his advocacy message!

2. The Program!
From beginning to end, our one-day conference will keep you engaged and interested, thanks to our phenomenal speakers, compelling workshops and other special presentations. Take a look!


3.  Renowned Stigma Researcher
How often do we get to hear from a stigma researcher whose focus is to study, write and teach about how stigma impacts those with mental illness? Fresh from the 7th International Conference on Stigma in February, Dr. Otto Wahl from the University of Hartford will join us and kick off the day with the most up-to-date information, statistics and ideas on “Combating Stigma.”


4. Continuing Education Credits
Those registering at the MH professional or Educator rate can earn the following CEUs: Counselors (NBCC), Educators (Act 48), Licensed/Clinical Social Workers (LSW/LCSW), Psychologists and/or credits for other healthcare professionals.

Source: ATTC

5. Addiction Expert
If you or someone you know has an addiction, you understand that it affects the entire family. Dr. Dennis Daley will join us to explain how the family can work together to face an addiction disorder. He’ll present addiction as an illness, not a choice or a weakness, and help us to break down the stigma surrounding addiction.

6. Scholarships
Scholarships offset the cost of registration. There are plenty of scholarships available for:

  • Individuals living with mental illness
  • Family members and loved ones
  • Parents whose children/young adults have behavioral health issues
  • Students/young adults (recommended age: high school seniors and up)

To apply is easy! Contact Sara at or (412) 366-3788 ext. 122 for information.

Source: CBS Sports

7. Raising Awareness
Our Keynote Speaker Brandon Marshall was fined $10,500 by the NFL for wearing green cleats during Mental Health Awareness Week. He took the opportunity to spread the word on every news station. Let’s continue to raise awareness!

Source: Bleacher Report

8. Awareness Bands
To support Brandon Marshall’s anti-stigma efforts, everyone in attendance will receive a green mental health awareness band, compliments of Keynote Sponsor Value Behavioral Health of PA.

9. Great Workshops
The hardest part of your day will be choosing which of the six afternoon workshops to attend.

  • Ask the Doctor
  • Anxiety and Depression in Children
  • NAMI Smarts for Advocacy
  • Two Tales of the Suicide Stigma
  • Teen Social Media/Mental Health Usage Trends
  • Future Planning for Those with Special Needs


10. Dick Jevon Advocacy Award
The presentation of the Dick Jevon Advocacy Award will be a highlight of the day! This will take place over lunch–the Pittsburgh-style luncheon that is a conference favorite!

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