Our Annual Events
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NAMI Mass Advocacy Day

Systemic advocacy is a core pursuit of the NAMI Massachusetts. Each year NAMI Mass gathers mental health advocates from across the Commonwealth at the State House to lobby lawmakers on key legislative priorities.

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NAMIWalks

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.

NAMI Greater Boston Peer Support and Advocacy Network Monthly Meeting with Speaker Dayna Altman

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Center Club, 31 Bowker Street, Boston
Right around the corner from the Haymarket MBTA

Free Pizza & Soda served at 6:30 pm. The meeting is FREE and open to the public.

Dayna Altman will be sharing her story her mental health journey as well as the inspiration for the first of its kind mental health and resilience cookbook “Bake it Till You Make it: Breaking Bread, Building Resilience”. Dayna will be then hosting a “How Will You Tell Your Story” workshop that will help you tap into your own authentic story and superpowers.

Dayna Altman is an enthusiastic and driven young professional based in Boston MA. She currently works as the Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Lynn, a non-profit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Dayna graduated with her Master’s Degree in Public Health and Bachelors of Science in Human Services with honors from Northeastern University. She has held several roles in the human services field working with youth in mental health settings and women who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. A working professional by day and entrepreneur by night, Dayna has created several organizations working toward prevention, education and advocacy for those who live with mental health challenges. Her entrepreneurial adventures have helped her become an academic and speaker who has traveled to several universities across the country, a documentary film maker with her first film entitled “Life After” and now a published author. Dayna thrives off of authenticity, connection, SoulCycle and iced coffee all year round.

SAMHSA Sponsored Webinar: Best Practices for Employment for People with Serious Mental Illness

Friday, August 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Description: Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supported Employment is a widely known and extensively studied evidence-based practice that helps people with serious mental illness get and keep jobs. Speakers will provide a brief overview of Supported Employment services; how to create a culture of recovery and employment within existing employment support systems; provide an overview of Thinking Skills for Work Program (a set of cognitive enhancement services that can improve outcomes for people who are not responding to traditional IPS); and strategies for successfully navigating the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) process to achieve employment for individuals with serious mental illness.

Presenters:
Katherine Burson, Independent Consultant

Susan McGurk, PhD, Professor Occupational Therapy, Boston University

Cheryl Bates-Harris; Senior Disability Advocacy Specialist, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

Register online (opens in a new window)

3rd Annual NAMI Western Massachusetts Golf Tournament

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 7:30 am

Westover Golf Course
181 South Street
Granby, MA, 01033

For more information and to register https://app.eventcaddy.com/events/3rd-annual-nami-wm-golf-tournament-81 (opens in new window)

6th Annual Brake the Silence Fundraiser

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9 AM – 9 PM
Charlton Beagle Club
103 Bond Rd., Charlton, MA 01507

Join us for our 6th Annual Brake the Silence fundraiser to raise mental health awareness for suicide prevention. The motorcycle run takes place in the morning followed by dinner, music, and raffles at the Beagle Club.

Ride Registration: 9 – 11 AM
Ride Starts: 11 AM
Dinner Served: 4 – 5 PM

Tickets are $15 each in advance or $20 at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefit the NAMI Mass Allies for Student Mental Health program.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-brake-the-silence-fundraiser-tickets-61203901517 (opens in a new window)

Ticket-to-Work Wise Webinar – Putting It Together: Ticket to Work’s Resume and Interview Tips

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

During this month’s webinar, we’ll discuss real-world advice for building your resume and landing an interview. We’ll share tips on addressing gaps in employment and discussing disability with an employer. These tips and tools, along with other Ticket to Work resources, can help you succeed on the path to financial independence through work.

Discover the answers to questions like:

  1. How do I organize and write a resume that will impress a potential employer?
  2. How can I showcase my skills to feel more confident during a job interview?
  3. How can a Ticket to Work service provider help me on my path to work?

This event is part of a series of webinars that discusses many of the puzzle pieces (the resources, supports and services) that can help you identify, pursue and reach your career goals.

Register now Online: choosework.ssa.gov/wise (opens in a new window)

By Phone: 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY)

SAMHSA Webinar – Focus on the Family: Using Person and Family-Centered Care for Mental Health
Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

During this webinar, participants will learn more about person and family centered care. Presenters will share tips for engaging individuals and their family members in the treatment planning process, and stories of success. They will also share resources for implementing and encouraging the practice of person and family centered care.

Topics And Themes:

Mental healthand recovery

Peers

Family and caregivers

Our Expert Presenters

Teri Brister, PhD, Director of Information & Support at NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Ken Duckworth, M.D., NAMI Medical Director and Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard University Medical School

Learn more and register at: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Minority-Mental-Health-Awareness-Month (opens in a new window).

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 1 – 30

For more information https://nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month (opens in new window)

September is Recovery Month

September 1 – 30

For more information https://www.recoverymonth.gov/ (opens in new window)

Motivating Towards Recovery: Preparing for ERP & Facing Stigma

September 3, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Film Screening: Is Your Story Making You Sick? Followed by a panel discussion

September 4, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Capitol Theater
204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 02474

Presented by Ellenhorn and The Cole Resource Center. Please join us for a screening of the film Is Your Story Making You Sick followed by a panel featuring filmmakers Dr. Mark Pirtle and Nick Kelso in-person for a live post-film discussion. The film reveals how individuals battling addiction, trauma, and depression can change their stories and transcend their pain.

Purchase tickets at http://bit.ly/2LDoDml (opens in a new window)

Ticket proceeds will be donated to The Cole Resource Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/262318836  (opens in a new window)

iSPARC’s Upcoming Webinar: Moving from Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Responsive Care Through Training, Referral and Treatment for Youth and Families

Thursday September 5, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

This webinar discusses the services and main outcomes of the UMMS Child Trauma Training Center (CTTC) – a statewide project funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) through the NCTSN (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) with additional funding from the Lookout Foundation and the Department of Mental Health.

They will discuss the main goals of CTTC, including:

  • providing training to child serving professionals (within pediatrics, schools, law enforcements, courts) in trauma-informed care and practices
  • referring children and families to evidence-based trauma treatment through a Centralized Referral System, LINK-KID
  • providing training to clinicians in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

They will present project outcomes measuring the impact of TF-CBT on child’s and caregiver’s symptoms and overall functioning from our first grant cycle (2012-2016).

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5966032956086944779 (opens in a new window)

8th Annual NAMI Cambridge-Middlesex Auction Party: An Italian Afternoon in Cambridge

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

237 Brattle St., Cambridge

For more information and to register for this event https://nami-cambridgemiddlesex.org/event-detail/?regevent_action=register&event_id=2678 (opens in new window)

September is Recovery Month

September 10

For more information https://www.iasp.info/wspd2019/ (opens in new window)

BBR Foundation Webinar: Choline: A New Prenatal Supplement to Improve a Child’s Mental Health

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Choline is an essential nutrient that, amongst other things, plays a key role in the fetal brain developing well while still in the womb. Even so, one mother in five does not get enough choline in her diet during pregnancy. Our team has conducted clinical trials in which expectant mothers were given choline, via supplements, starting in the second trimester of pregnancy and continuing until birth. Results so far suggest that children born to mothers receiving choline supplements during pregnancy have significantly lower risk of developing serious brain disorders such as schizophrenia. Dr. Hoffman will discuss this and other dietary strategies that have evidence to suggest that they may help prevent serious mental illness in our children.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6260989043095875596 (opens in new window)

6th Annual Raise the Bar HIRE! Career Fair

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Partners HealthCare, 399 Revolution Dr, Somerville 02145

Awesome opportunity to connect with over 40 of the biggest companies in the state looking to hire people with disabilities! See the list at http://cwm.umassmed.edu/e/655953/careerfair-/6zv7g/21766869?h=fHsdMW8WxCJJi8rA1v5_hvusYVyfqNxkYtu55tqDDVE (opens in a new window)

All job seekers are encouraged to pre-register and submit their resume, but walk-ins are welcome. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5051440/RTBCF2019 (opens in a new window)

OCD 101: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Resources

September 12, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window)

The Center Cannot Hold: A story of struggle, hope and triumph. Addressing mental health stigma through opera

September 12, 2019, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Hilles P-02 Performance Hall, 59 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA

Hosted by the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Initiative Human Rights focus area and the Harvard Law School Project on Disability.

For more information and to RSVP  https://hms.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a2TtAB6GXfnxx8p (opens in a new window)

Celebrating the use of opera and art to address mental health stigma, this event will include a talk by opera composer Kenneth Wells, M.D., M.P.H., (psychiatrist/composer) and live concert excerpts from the opera The Center Cannot Hold, based on the memoir by Elyn Saks, J.D., PhD.  Elyn Saks is the Orrin B. Evans Distinguished Professor of Law, and Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at University of Southern California Gould Scool of Law; Director of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics. She began having schizophrenic episodes in high school and spiraled into the depths of the illness when she was a student at Yale Law School. Based on her 2007 memoir of the same name, the Center Cannot Hold opera follows Saks during a pivotal time at Yale as she ultimately faces her demons and resolves to live her life as fully as she can, whatever it takes. Elyn Saks, who serves as a co-librettist to the opera, will also be present at the event and will speak about the opera and her experience.

Families for Depression Awareness Webinar: Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 7:00 – 8:15 pm

In this webinar, Lisa M. Schab, LCSW, a practicing psychotherapist and international best-selling author, will discuss the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, anxiety management skills adults can practice with youth, and ways adults can encourage teens to be a part of choosing treatment options.

This program is designed for parents, guardians, caregivers, youth workers, and any adults interested in teen mental health. Register to join us for a live webinar discussion or watch on demand after it airs. https://platform.cinchcast.com/ses/Lea8JMcl3u0iBvYpblckNg~~ (opens in a new window)

My Time at OCDI: Living With Intrusive Thoughts

October 1, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 6-12, 2019

For more information https://nami.org/miaw (opens in a new window)

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2019

For more information https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2019/10/10/default-calendar/world-mental-health-day-2019-focus-on-suicide-prevention (opens in a new window)

Community Conversation: Talking about Suicide and the Role of Prevention

Thursday October 10, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Northern Essex Community College
Hartleb Technology Center, Room TC 103 A & B
100 Elliot Street, Haverhill, MA

Keynote presenter will be Waheeda Saif, LMHC, and Riverside Trauma Services
Moderated by Joanna Fortna, – Pres. DMH Essex North Community Site Board & NECC
professor

We welcome requests for sign language interpreting and other access requests. For more information about this event or if you need accommodations please contact: counseling@necc.mass.edu (978)556-3730

Cosponsored by Northern Essex Community College, NAMIand The Dept. of Mental Health Essex North Site Board

Social Hour for Social Anxiety: Celebrate OCD Awareness Week with a Group Exposure

October 10, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window)

International OCD Awareness Week

October 13–19, 2019

For more information https://iocdf.org/programs/ocdweek/ (opens in a new window)

BBR Foundation Webinar: Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression A Progress Report

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

It is now almost 15 years since researchers first used a method called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to treat major depression that has not responded to conventional therapies. Subsequently, follow-up studies have made steady progress, both technically, in terms of how the treatment is targeted in the brain, as well as in identifying which patients are most likely to benefit. Close monitoring of patients has improved our ability to understand effects of DBS over the long-term, and to link these with changes at the level of neural circuits. This work brings us ever closer to a more comprehensive understanding of illness and recovery.

For more information https://iocdf.org/programs/ocdweek/ (opens in a new window)

Pharmacotherapy of OCD

November 5, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

BBR Foundation Webinar: Integrating Virtual Reality into Psychotherapy for Anxious Youth

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

The most common age of onset for anxiety disorders is in adolescence and young adulthood and can put youth at risk for failure to meet academic, social, and occupational milestones, or for developing depression and substance use if not properly treated. Cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure therapy has been identified as the frontline treatment, however a substantial number of patients do not get better or experience relapse. Dr. Pelcovitz will discuss her current research, focusing on enhancing existing therapies by integrating cutting edge technology.

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5057950699627497229 (opens in a new window)

Understanding Social Anxiety

November 14, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window)

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Saturday, November 23, 2019

For more information https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/ (opens in a new window)

The Good Fight: My Life With OCD

December 3, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series

McLean Hospital
DeMareneffe Cafeteria, Room 143
115 Mill St., Belmont, 02478

For more information OCD Massachusetts Belmont Lecture Series (opens in new window)

BBR Foundation Webinar: Changing the Way the World Thinks About Eating Disorders

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Genetic research has encouraged us to think not only about the psychiatric aspects of anorexia nervosa, but also about metabolic factors. Anorexia nervosa can be life threatening and strikes individuals of all genders and backgrounds. Recent advances in genetic research have revealed significant genetic correlations not only with other psychiatric disorders, but also with a broad range of metabolic and anthropometric (body measurement) factors. This work leads us to question whether we could improve outcomes of illness by intervening on both psychiatric and metabolic levels. Dr. Bulik will also introduce the next generation of research, namely the Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI).

Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5057950699627497229 (opens in a new window)

Let’s Talk About Medications: A Questions and Answer Session

December 12, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series

UMass Medical Center
Hiatt Auditorium Room S1-608
55 Lake St., Worcester 01655

For more information OCD Massachusetts Worcester Lecture Series (opens in new window)

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