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NAMI Maine’s 2015 Annual Conference Aims to Instigate Change

Tuesday, November 03, 2015   (0 Comments)
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NAMI Maine, our state’s largest membership-based, grassroots mental health organization, is excited to announce four noteworthy events for Maine’s mental health system. This series of achievements are innovative building blocks in the tireless journey to create an accessible mental health system that comprehensively serves Maine citizens.

  • Community Conversations Evening: As a weekend kick-off event, everyone is invited to hear a group of speakers as they share stories from the many perspectives of mental health and suicide loss. We will listen to the lived experiences and perspectives of someone who lives with a diagnosis, a family member, a survivor of suicide loss and an attempt survivor. Open and free to the public, this is an opportunity to share conversation, coffee and dessert. Friday November 6th from 6:30-9pm at the Ramada Conference Center in Lewiston. Registration:
  • 2015 Annual Conference: Join with nonprofit organizations, provider agencies and the NAMI Maine community from across the state for the premier mental health advocacy conference in Maine! This event focuses on an exciting array of trending topics in the field of mental health, from emerging treatment methods to laws that effects service recipients and their families.
  • Dr. Patricia Deegan: As part of the conference, NAMI Maine is proud to offer people the opportunity to hear a keynote address from nationally-recognized advocate, Pat Deegan. For over 30 years, she has been a disruptive innovator in the field of behavioral health recovery. Pat is an activist for disability rights and teaches at both Dartmouth College and Boston University. (During registration, participants are offered the opportunity to only attend for this exciting presentation.)
  • Community Awards: Every year, NAMI Maine honors a group of individuals who have proved themselves to be outstanding leaders in Maine’s mental health system throughout the previous year and beyond. These are the distinguished award recipients for 2015:
  • NAMI Maine Lifetime Excellence Award: Thomas Lynn, Community Health and Counseling, passed away recently, following an acute medical condition. During his twenty-five years with CHCS, Tom worked tirelessly to develop services for Maine citizens. His quiet demeanor and wry sense of humor made him an approachable leader, hiding the sharpness of his mind.
  • Hector Bolduc Award: Tripp Gardner has exemplified a dedication to increasing access for under served individuals. Through his work and willingness to share his expertise, Tripp’s philosophy of care has made a difference for countless people throughout the state.
  • Mal Wilson Awards: Betsy Rose, NAMI Bangor, and Murray Campbell, NAMI Mid-Maine, are being recognized as family members who have made significant contributions to their communities by supporting families living with mental illness.
  • Heidi White House Award: Vickie McCathy is being honored as a peer who has made a major contribution to the field and worked in close partnership with NAMI Maine.
  • Outstanding Partner Agency: The Population Health Team at Community Health Options, managed by Kathryn Caiazzo, is a group of health and mental health professionals who provide active outreach, follow-up and care management with high risk and chronic members who are being discharged into the community from an inpatient unit or who have shown difficulty in managing successfully in the community. This is a rare and valuable role for an insurer to play and the help it provides to struggling members is incalculable.
  • Outstanding Media Partner: Patty Wight at NPR, is being honored as a member of the press who has a demonstrated track record of accurate and compassionate reporting on issues related to mental health.

To register for the 2015 Annual Conference, visit the NAMI Maine website at: For more information about any of these events, contact Courtney at (800) 464-5767 or