Annual Conference

NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference 2014 

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, WI

May 2-3, 2014


The NAMI Wisconsin 2014 Conference, Perspective Makes A Difference, celebrates diversity, making the most of every individual’s background, experiences and perspectives. CIT officer track is on Friday, May 2 for officers looking to strengthen their skills in building collaboration as it pertains to crisis intervention. A youth track with special breakouts geared towards young adults and youth will be offered on Saturday, May 3! Join more than 400 mental health consumers, family members and professionals, May 2-3, to learn about the latest information on mental illness, network with peers around the state, and support the mental health movement in Wisconsin! 


Friday's keynote speaker is Mike Veny, a consumer, national mental illness stigma speaker and musician. Committed to inspiring people to feel hope, Mike uses his public speaking and drumming as a critical part of his recovery. His speech will address the challenge of mental illness stigma through a message that encourages simple, proactive actions. He will pump up the energy to kick off the conference on Friday, May 2, by incorporating drumming into his speech and will later do an interactive breakout session where participants themselves will have a chance to drum.

Saturday's keynote speech will be given by Cinda and Linea Johnson, co-authors of Perfect Chaos. The mother-daughter duo describes their remarkable journey from the initial worries to long sleepless nights and the slow understanding and rebuilding of trust. It is the story of a daughter’s courage and a mother’s faith, and their love that helped them smash through the stigma of mental illness. The book will be available for sale and signing on Saturday. 


We hope you can join us!

Click here for a tentative conference agenda. 


Young Adult Track- click here to download the flyer

Are you a young adult or student between the ages of 15-26 and are interested in attending the Youth Track at the conference? The Youth Track, which will take place on Saturday, May 3, is a powerful track (series of workshops) for young adults only that will equip you with the skills you need to make a difference in your community, in the lives of your peers and in your own life. You will get engaged with the mental health movement by connecting with other young adults and working together to drive social change. 

You could attend the Youth Track for FREE!- click here to download a Youth Track scholarship application. 




Registration Information:

NAMI Members: $70 (1 day) $115 (2 days)

Non-members: $130 (1 day) $210 (2 days)

Low income/students: $45 (1 day) $70 (2 days)

See Sponsor-Exhibit-Advertise application below  for exhibitor/ad/sponsor pricing and information. 


Accomodations at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel: 333 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911

Please call the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel at 1-800-333-3333 or 920-733-8000 for hotel room reservations. Ask for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Wisconsin) group rate of $104 per night for single and/or double occupancy. Our group rate is available until April 3, 2014.  After April 3, 2014 rooms will be at the regular hotel rate. 


Follow these links to register for the conference online: 

Click here to register for the Conference

CIT OFFICERS: Click here to register for the CIT Track 


Or you can download a registration form:

Conference attendee registration- due by April 30 

Conference Sponsor-Exhibit-Advertise Application- due March 7






Conference materials to download