May 19 at 8:30 a.m. — VIRTUAL — The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI Vermont) is excited to invite you to its first ever virtual Pathways to Wellness Conference on Wednesday, May 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This annual event is a great opportunity for peers, advocates, family members and mental health professionals to gather together online to learn about available resources and services, hear lived-experience stories, get information about the latest research in mental health, and to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Registration is now open at namivt.org/conference. Registration is $25 for NAMI Vermont members and $45 for non-members. Group discounts for 10+ and scholarships are available. CEUs for LCMHCs and social workers are approved and available at no extra cost this year.
While the event is different from previous years, NAMI Vermont is excited to still be able to share an amazing lineup of presentations from nationally and internationally-known speakers.
Dr. William Walsh, PhD, FACN, is the president and founder of Walsh Research Institute. He will present a look at advanced nutrient therapies and the role of epigenetics in mental disorders.
Pete and Kevin Earley, father and son, will share their perspectives of Kevin’s mental illness journey to recovery. Pete is a mental health advocate and best-selling author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. Kevin is an artist, musician, and mentor for youth living with a mental illness.
Diana Chao is the founder and executive director of Letters to Strangers. As a 22-year-old first-generation Chinese-American, Chao shares her story of living with bipolar disorder while growing up below the poverty line with parents who did not speak English.
A Collaborative Approach to Crisis Intervention: Find out what works and what doesn’t in one Vermont county through a guided panel discussion. Moderated by Kristin Chandler, JD, coordinator of Team Two, the panel includes St. Albans Chief of Police Maurice Lamothe, Tony Stevens, MS, LCMHC, the emergency services team leader for Northwestern Counseling & Support Services; and Dan Towle, NAMI Vermont Outreach Coordinator for peer services.
NAMI Vermont is the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Through the dedicated efforts of grassroots leaders, NAMI focuses on three cornerstones of activity: Support, Education and Advocacy.
For more information or to register, visit namivt.org/conference.