“These conferences just keep getting better! The caliber of speakers is just excellent-- not only great content, but great presentation!” -Conference attendee
Earlier this month, we kicked off Mental Health Month with the NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference 2017! Over 350 mental health advocates joined us at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, located in Madison, for an eventful two days of workshops and networking. The conference had over 350 mental health consumers, family members, providers and clinicians, local representatives, and law enforcement partners in attendance.
This year’s theme, Together We Define Tomorrow, focuses on community collaboration for change. We believe that with each attendee’s unique background and knowledge, we can all collectively come together to initiate change within the mental health system. With this advocacy theme, we were lucky to have local representatives join us, such as Representative Paul Tittl and Representative Melissa Sargent.
On Friday, May 5th, we kicked off the event with a special address given from Representative Tittl and a keynote address from Chris Prochut. Chris shared his former experiences as a former police commander and his direct experience with his own mental health condition. Attendees then had the opportunity to attend a variety of breakout workshop sessions, which ranged in topics such as utilizing social media, healing yoga techniques, and combating compassion fatigue.
After the chance to rest and recover from a long day of workshops and networking, attendees gathered for day two of the Annual Conference which promised to be as inspiring and informative as day one. On Saturday, May 6th, we heard an inspiring special address from Representative Melissa Sargent and a keynote address from Mettie Spiess. Mattie shared her heart-wrenching story of losing two brothers to mental illness and how she now turns that grief into motivation to make a difference amongst youth all across the nation.
From the bottom of our hearts, NAMI Wisconsin would like to thank each and every individual who joined us at the Annual Conference this year. This event couldn’t be as successful without the attendees who support it. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all of the volunteers, presenters, and donors who helped make this conference possible. We truly couldn’t do it without your continued support!
For more information on how to get involved in the NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference 2018, please visit our website or contact Jamie, PR & Events Coordinator, at
Written by Jamie Gurgul, PR & Events Coordinator at NAMI Wisconsin