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NAMI MS State Conference: The Many Lenses of Mental Health

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The Billy Kim Center

Belhaven University

1500 Peachtree Street

Jackson, MS 39202

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The NAMI Mississippi annual conference this year will continue our tradition of offering insightful training experiences for mental healthcare providers and advocates. In an effort to foster a broader perspective into the communities of those we serve and to develop partnerships within those communities, this year’s NAMI MS Conference will include additional sessions and speakers that focus on the institutions and professionals that are part of the daily lives of many of our NAMI Peers.

All sessions will include components useful to general mental healthcare providers. Continuing Education credits are available.

For additional information or if you are an organization or agency interested in presenting, exhibiting, or sponsoring our conference, please visit our information page at http://www.namims.org/conference2017/.

Peer Scholarships: There are a limited number of scholarships for NAMI Peers (living with a serious mental illness) based on financial need. Please contact stateoffice@namims.org for more information.

Special Forums on Education, Public Safety, Faith/Caregiving, and Ethics/Equity.

Education Forum

The NAMI Mississippi Education Forum will focus on programs, policies, and experiences which seek to remove barriers to learning by identifying students who may be struggling with mental wellness issues and direct students and their parents to appropriate community resources.

The Forum will include an opening plenary session featuring keynote speaker Maggie Wade, a lunch plenary session featuring keynote speaker Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, and three 45-minute breakout sessions at 10:00, 11:00, and 2:00.

CEUs for the Forum (.6) or full conference (1.4) are available for an additional fee.

Public Safety Forum

The NAMI Mississippi Public Safety Forum will focus on programs, policies, and experiences at the intersection of public safety goals and the challenges of mental illness.

The Forum will include three 45-minute breakout sessions at 11:00, 2:00, and 3:00 on Thursday, May 18th. Our lunch plenary (12:00-1:30) will feature keynote speaker Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and a time of recognition of programs and officers that have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of our fellow Mississippians who struggle with mental illness.

The forum will conclude with a closing coffee and networking time for public safety workers and mental health professionals to meet and work towards developing mutually beneficial partnerships.

In-service training credit hours will be provided upon request.

Faith and Caregiving Forum

The NAMI Mississippi Faith and Caregiving Forum will focus on the role of faith communities in supporting and ministering to the needs of their members and members of their communities who struggle with mental illness and their families. Emphasis will be placed on best practices for developing a Biblically-based mental health ministry, reducing stigma within the church body to empower those with mental illness to express their struggles and seek support, and incorporating mental health themes into church educational programs including children and youth ministries.

This forum will include an opening plenary session with keynote speaker Dr. Bradford Smith, Director of Belhaven University’s Institute for International Care and Counsel, three 45-minute breakout sessions at 10:15, 11:15, and 2:00, and a lunch plenary focused on the role of faith communities and other organizations in providing compassionate, equitable, and ethical access to mental healthcare.

Equity and Ethics Forum

The NAMI Mississippi Equity and Ethics Forum will focus on developing and continuing practices and programs that ensure that those living with mental illness are treated ethically in terms of privacy, care, and access. Various aspects of ethical conduct will be discussed including applications in law, health, services, and media. We will also explore barriers faced by certain groups in being/becoming aware of mental health services and accessing those services.

This forum will include a lunch plenary session with a speaker from the Southern Poverty Law Center, two breakout sessions at 11:15 and 2:00, and a closing plenary with an emphasis on community networking.


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