NAMI Illinois 2019 Conference: Making a Commitment to Better Lives

October 18 & 19 at Techny Towers, Northbrook

There are so many reasons to join our annual gathering of peers, allies and mental health leaders from across the state! This year’s agenda is filled with engaging speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions on topics such as:

  • Mental health for children, tweens and college-bound youth
  • New perspectives on serious mental illness
  • First Episode Psychosis and early intervention
  • Housing and employment challenges
  • Mental health in Illinois prisons
  • Recreational cannabis: how will legalization affect us?
  • Strategies for surviving the ER
  • Improving care in rural communities
  • Resources to help NAMI Affiliates thrive

Shirley Davis of Mattoon, a longtime volunteer and speaker for NAMI Champaign, looks forward to the collaboration and support she always finds at the conference.

“It’s like being in the room with an extended, caring family,” she says. “There is so much new information, and such an open exchange of ideas we can use in our Affiliate.”

Davis, who was diagnosed with a serious mental health condition 3 decades ago and has written several books on the subject, says the conference helps her see mental health from new vantage points. “I don’t know firsthand what it’s like to support a loved one with mental illness, but I’ve learned so much from meeting people who do,” she says.

Behavioral health coordinator Joanne Rosenberg, CRC, LCPC of Northbrook agrees with Davis, citing new perspectives as a prime reason she’ll be there.

“The informal conversations we have are so valuable,” she says. “I learn about care alternatives, programs and supports – what works, what doesn’t, and what we need more of out there.”

Rosenberg also appreciates the chance to earn CEU credits and see mental health through the eyes of others.  “As professionals, we can learn so much from people with mental health conditions who are living in wellness, fulfilling leadership roles and doing amazing work in their communities,” she says. “This expands my sense of what recovery looks like and how I can play an even greater role to support it.”


When and where is the conference?

We will meet Friday, Oct. 18, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, & Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, at Techny Towers Retreat and Conference Center in Northbrook, a comfortable venue that is easily accessible from I-94 or I-294.

Is lodging available?

Techny Towers offers modest overnight accommodations for Thursday and Friday evening, but space is limited, so we suggest you register early.

What if I can’t attend both days?

We have flexible options for those who will attend the Friday or Saturday session only. You can also register separately for Friday or Saturday breakfast.

Are there any special discounts?

Register by Monday, Sept. 30 and save $40 with our early bird discount!

What’s the last day to register?

Easy online registration is open through October 17. Click here to sign up.

Who can I contact with specific questions?

Please contact