Proposals Due 4/26/2019

NAMI Kansas is pleased to announce the theme for their 2019 Annual Conference, to be held on October 25-26, 2019, at the KVC Ball Conference Center in Olathe, KS: HEROES MAKING A DIFFERENCE #notallheroeswearcapes

NAMI Kansas invites you to submit a proposal for a workshop or poster presentation at our 2019 Annual Conference.  Workshop opportunities are 60 minutes in length.  There is the option of repeating workshops at two different times, subject to the approval of the Conference Committee.  Poster presentations (table displays) will be held throughout the length of the Conference in our exhibit area.

NAMI Kansas is the statewide organization of the National Alliance on Mental Health.  NAMI is a grassroots organization that provides education, support and advocacy for individuals who are living with a mental illness and their families.  Our vision includes increasing our relevance to diverse constituencies within our communities and growing new partnerships at the state and local levels while expanding our organizational reach to unserved areas of the state.

We invite workshop proposals which help us stretch our vision and provide tools for taking the next steps towards those goals.  We want to empower everyday heroes to make a difference at all levels of society, from the individual and family unit to the larger communities in which they live, and across the delivery systems which affect those living with mental illness.  Applications should therefore include a description of the workshop content and a brief explanation of how the workshop aligns with one of the our “Hero”-themed categories below:
1. Local Heroes workshops will address the empowerment of individuals and families to bring hope and support into their communities and engage in personal advocacy.
2. Community Heroes workshops will address raising awareness of mental illness throughout the communities and cultures of Kansas--in faith-based communities, schools, workplaces and meeting places.
3. Systems Heroes workshops will address state and local policy initiatives and programs making a difference and helping people with mental health conditions.

While we are particularly interested in soliciting workshop proposals which are consistent with our conference theme, we will entertain any meaningful proposals relating to emerging trends and best practices of interest to an audience largely comprised of individuals living with mental illness and their families.  Areas of request include, but not limited to: Living on Fixed Budget: Cooking, Healthy Meal Planning; Finding Work After Release from Prison; Crisis Intervention; Cultural Diversity; How Diet Impacts Mental Health; Overview of NAMI Signature Programs; Responding to the Needs of Veterans, Military Personnel, and Their Families; Strategies to Grow Affiliate Memberships; Peer Focus: Respite, Communication, Support, Recovery, and Peer Specialists; Specialized Mental Health Focus: Bi-polar Disorder, OCD, Anxiety; Children and Teens Focus.

All workshops will be offered on Saturday, October 26, as part of the following conference schedule: 
10:20am - 11:20am         Four Workshop Sessions
11:30am - 12:30pm         Four Workshop Sessions
2:15pm - 3:15pm             Four Workshop Sessions