As many of you know, the NAMI National Convention is going to be held in Denver this year, July 6-9. This is an amazing opportunity for NAMI Colorado and the State affiliates. I was fortunate to attend the National convention last year in San Francisco, which was an incredible learning and networking opportunity. NAMI National is finally on the forefront of what is happening within the mental health field. The exposure that they are receiving seems to be having a positive impact and shaping the future of mental health.
It is my sincere hope that we can show the rest of the country how committed NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties is to reducing stigma and building awareness. The impact of our education, support and outreach seems to be steadily increasing within the communities we serve. Yet, we still have a long way to go. I would like to tell you about a great opportunity to get more involved. Attend the National Conference. See first hand the energies that are conspiring to make a real change. From speakers and presentations to products and programs, there is something there for everyone. I was amazed at the broad number of topics that were covered and ensure you that you will not be disappointed.
There are a few ways to attend. Of course, you can register and pay the corresponding dues, or even better you can go for FREE! NAMI Colorado is responsible to help staff various areas of the event and is looking for quite a few volunteers. The required commitment is simple. You volunteer for (2) four hour shifts. In return, you receive free registration for the event. Hard to beat that. If you have the time and desire, I encourage you to sign up to volunteer today
Just think, today there is snow on the ground, but in a few short months NAMI members throughout the country will descend upon our city for broadened horizons. I hope each of you plans to offer them a BIG Colorado welcome. Whatever way works best for you, I do hope you attend.