Registration Open for the NAMI Illinois 2020 Virtual State Conference

Registration is open for NAMI Illinois’ 2020 State Conference, which will be taking place online this year on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th.

Conference Overview

This year’s theme is Driving Change: The New Future of Mental Health. Its focus centers on the dramatic increase in the need for services due to COVID-19 for:

  • Many who are experiencing the challenges of anxiety and depression for the first time.
  • Those living with mental health conditions who are struggling to cope with circumstances that intensify their challenges.

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.

Networking will still have its place throughout the conference. Zoom rooms will be set up based upon specific topics of interest, and there will still be sponsors and exhibitors whom you can “visit” throughout the event. Individuals and groups will also have the opportunity to create virtual meetups to connect.

Session Highlights

The conference will include 54 speakers offering two keynote sessions plus 25 different presentations. As always, the sessions have been designed with NAMI’s broad range of constituents in mind:

  • Individuals living with a mental health condition
  • Family members and caregivers
  • Mental health professionals
  • Advocates
  • NAMI Affiliate employees and volunteers

NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. will join the conference as Friday’s keynote speaker, addressing the impact of both COVID-19 and racial inequity on mental health, and how our communities can move forward.

On Saturday, David Albert, Ph.D., Director for the Division of Mental Health at the Illinois Department of Human Services, will address the needs and opportunities presented by COVID and how this impacts mental health systems throughout Illinois, now and in the future.

Other presentations of interest include:

  • Suicide prevention training, with certification available
  • Legalized marijuana in Illinois, one year later
  • Mini workshops to build mental wellness and coping skills
  • Diversity and equity in the mental health workforce
  • Mental health in Latino communities
  • Barriers and challenges in rural mental health care
  • Funding and access to mental health care in Illinois
  • Pivoting from in-person to virtual services

The full agenda for the conference will be available the week of September 21 on NAMI Illinois’ website,

Register online today.