Our Annual Events
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NAMI Mass Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day is when NAMI Mass members and supporters tell our legislators what we care about most! This year we will be focusing on Access to Care issues, Funding requests and Mental Health Issues in the Criminal Justice System.

NAMIWalks Massachusetts

NAMIWalks Massachusetts brings together people of all ages to combat stigma, raise funds, and promote awareness of mental illness. This yearly event is our largest event and biggest fundraiser.

NAMI Mass Convention

Our Annual state Convention brings together over 350 NAMI members and allies for a day of learning and networking. The Convention features workshop sessions, an exhibit hall, and art marketplace, as well as our Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election.

Events Calendar

Our calendar features NAMI Mass events, as well as presentations, webinars, workshops, conferences, and other happenings from local NAMI affiliates and other organizations.

Disclaimer: due to the current State of Public Health Emergency, events and trainings may be canceled. Please directly reach out to those running the events for updates.

Mad in America to Webinar Series on Suicide: David Healy, MD (McMaster University)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University

Description: Clinical practice is judicial in nature. This means that establishing what is going on depends on engaging with a person and working out how best to explain the problem they have. The “scientific” literature is not much help in this respect. The challenge is to get to an objective position shared by the affected person, a mental health professional and ideally others. This workshop will take participants through this process and outline strategies for working through objections that may arise with the persons and clinicians involved.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

Until February 15, register at an early-bird rate of $75 by using the code EARLYBIRD.
We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

BBRF Webinar: Using Neuroscience to Evaluate and Guide Treatment for Pediatric Mood Disorders

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 2 – 3 pm

Research in early onset mood disorders is geared towards using neuroscience to develop interventions that alleviate symptoms, promote healthy brain development, and treat behavioral and emotional difficulties as soon as they arise. This webinar considers the promise of utilizing neuroscience tools to aim for reliable and lasting improvements in symptoms for a large number of children and adolescents who experience a broad spectrum of mood problems. The presentation considers the importance of understanding and leveraging the placebo effect and measuring mechanisms of change, both in the way that treatments are configured and in the way that future clinical trials are designed.

For more information and to register click here (opens in new window/tab)

Mad in America to Webinar Series on System Changes for a Green Mental Health Movement: How a community program’s wide range of services for children, adolescents and families successfully transferred state hospital units to community programs and lessons learned in what system changes were needed to accomplish that.

Thursday, May 19, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University

Description: Massive experience calls into serious question the traditional mental health system’s approach to suicide, while other approaches have been helpful. The speaker will challenge the automatic labeling of people as “mentally ill” because they report having suicidal thoughts or have attempted or committed suicide. She will discuss an alarming way the DSM-IV and DSM-5 encourage the pathologizing of suicidal thoughts. Then she will describe primary reasons people have thoughts of suicide and what can be understood once one takes a more humane, nonpathologizing approach, using examples from a stage play, an Oscar-winning documentary about a “suicide hotline,” research and clinical work about the effects of various kinds of trauma, and a project primarily involving simple, wholehearted, nonjudgmental listening. Using examples from her work with military Veterans and with nonveterans, she will discuss the wide range of other approaches that are helpful to people who feel suicidal.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

Until February 15, register at an early-bird rate of $75 by using the code EARLYBIRD.
We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

Disclaimer: due to the current State of Public Health Emergency, events and trainings may be canceled. Please directly reach out to those running the events for updates.

Mad in America to Webinar Series on Suicide: If You Want to Save Lives, Start with the Dead: An Innovative Approach to Reducing Suicide

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University

Description:

Kimberly Repp PhD, MPH, Washington County OR Public Health Department

For the third year in a row, U.S. life expectancy has lowered due to loss of life from suicides. Often, suicide prevention activities are implemented without the data necessary to tailor and target interventions, leading to an ineffective use of very limited resources. To change the direction of this trend, Washington County, Oregon created a nationally awarded suicide surveillance system. This suicide surveillance system facilitates the collection of risk factors and circumstances surrounding every suicide in the county within 48 hours of the death. The risk factors collected parallel those in the National Violent Death Reporting System, such as previous attempts, depressed mood, crisis, legal problems, etc., but without the multi-year data delay and with data reported by the actual forensic death investigator who completed the investigation. In conjunction with our suicide fatality review team, this surveillance system has produced demonstrably effective interventions with imminently suicidal people at hotels, animal shelters, those being evicted, amongst others. The true value of a surveillance system is measured by whether it leads to prevention or control of adverse events, and Washington County’s population suicide rate has dropped an unprecedented 40%. This course will demonstrate how fast, meaningful and accurate data are shifting the paradigm on how suicide prevention is done.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

BBRF Webinar: The Science of Parenting and Parent-Based Treatment for Childhood Anxiety Disorders

Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 2 -3 pm

Anxiety disorders are exceedingly prevalent in children and adolescents. Anxious children rely heavily on their parents for help in coping with anxiety and parents frequently become entangled in their children’s symptoms through the process of family accommodation. Dr. Lebowitz will review cutting-edge research on neurobiological systems that drive these patterns of interactions between parents and anxious children, including the circuitry and chemistry of the brain. This webinar will introduce SPACE, a novel and efficacious parent-based treatment for childhood anxiety disorders focused on reducing accommodation and increasing supportive responses to childhood anxiety symptoms.

For more information and to register click here (opens in a new window/tab).

Mad in America to Webinar Series on System Changes for a Green Mental Health Movement: Peer services and the challenges and opportunities in making them an integral part of every mental health program. A description of the cultural, financial, regulatory and training changes needed to make these sustainable.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 1:30-3 pm

Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, ScD Professor of Health Sciences and Epidemiology, Northeastern University

Description: Massive experience calls into serious question the traditional mental health system’s approach to suicide, while other approaches have been helpful. The speaker will challenge the automatic labeling of people as “mentally ill” because they report having suicidal thoughts or have attempted or committed suicide. She will discuss an alarming way the DSM-IV and DSM-5 encourage the pathologizing of suicidal thoughts. Then she will describe primary reasons people have thoughts of suicide and what can be understood once one takes a more humane, nonpathologizing approach, using examples from a stage play, an Oscar-winning documentary about a “suicide hotline,” research and clinical work about the effects of various kinds of trauma, and a project primarily involving simple, wholehearted, nonjudgmental listening. Using examples from her work with military Veterans and with nonveterans, she will discuss the wide range of other approaches that are helpful to people who feel suicidal.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available for viewing after the live event.

The fee for individuals is $150 for the 10 webinar series. There are also group rates for organizations that lower the per-person cost. For more information about the webinar or course fees, please contact MIA Continuing Education Director Bob Nikkel at bnikkel@madinamerica.com

We also provide a limited number of full and partial scholarships for peers and non-professionals. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Shira Cutler at ecutler@madinamerica.com.

Register at https://sso.teachable.com/secure/56977/checkout/1592372/innovative-approaches-suicide (opens in a new window/tab)

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