Statewide Conference Early Bird Discount Still Available

Soon NAMI California’s Annual Conference early bird discounts will run out.  Make sure to reserve your tickets today to get the best value and ensure your spot at our Statewide Conference.  Click here to get yours today:  Early Bird Discounts. The early bird discounts end June 6, 2014.

NAMI California’s 2014 Annual Conference will be held at the Newport Beach Marriot Hotel & Spa, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, California 92660 on August 1st and August 2nd. In addition to its Keynote Speaker, Mariel Hemingway, NAMI California has many other notable guest speakers:

  • Gina Kaye Calhoun, National Director for Wellness & Recovery Education
  • Judge Perez, Superior Court Judge
  • Mark Refowitz, Director of Orange County Health Care Agency
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, the Founding Director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities

You can visit NAMI California’s site to learn more about the backgrounds of these speakers:  http://www.namicalifornia.org/annual-conference.php?page=speakers&lang=eng

In addition, the conference will feature dynamic, informational workshops designed for everyone’s needs.  There are many to choose from that cover all areas of mental health. Click the following link to see the topics NAMI California has lined up for you and then sign-up before they are filled!  http://www.namicalifornia.org/annual-conference.php?page=workshops&lang=eng

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Invitation to the World Premiere of “A Choice to Heal–Mental Health in California”

FROM NAMI CALIFORNIA: Kevin Hines, who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and Survived, Hosts this World Premiere Evening.

The Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) invites you to join them for the premiere of the documentary “A Choice to Heal-Mental Health in California” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento in commemoration of May Mental Health Awareness Month.

This documentary, hosted by actress Mariel Hemingway and sponsored by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, will air on CBS stations in California on May 31, 2014. The documentary details California’s groundbreaking approach to the prevention and early intervention of mental illness-an approach that is at the forefront of changing and improving the nation’s mental health care system.

Speaker Kevin Hines will host the premiere at the Crest. Kevin has a very powerful story; in 2000, he tried to kill himself by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He now reaches millions as he travels globally teaching others the importance of suicide prevention and mental health awareness. His book, Cracked Not Broken, is in its 13th printing.

This is a free event, open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. To make your reservation to attend, please RSVP to Communications Director Jennifer Whitney:jennifer.whitney@mhsoac.ca.gov

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Special Announcement: Mariel Hemingway to be Keynote Speaker for NAMI California 2014 Annual Conference

NAMI California announced today that Mariel Hemingway will serve as its Keynote Speaker for the NAMI California 2014 Annual Conference.

Ms. Hemingway is an iconic Academy Award nominated actor from a celebrated family. She is a prolific author, adventurist, ecological activist, healthy lifestyle and mental health advocate, yoga video star, a food brand entrepreneur, and a much sought after keynote speaker focused on mind-body-spirit optimization and purposeful living.

In 2003, Ms. Hemingway wrote the powerful best-selling memoir, Finding My Balance–an honest and inspiring story of her life’s journey through the lens of her personal yoga and meditation practices. Her second book, Mariel Hemingway’s Healthy Living from the Inside Out), is a how-to guide to finding a greater sense of balance, joy, and meaning through self-empowering techniques and strategies. Her 2009 healthy lifestyle cookbook entitled, Mariel’s Kitchen, focused on creative and delicious gluten and sugar free offerings.

In 2013, the rich and evocative documentary, Running From Crazy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Oprah Winfrey, the film is an examination of the Hemingway family’s history of mental illness and suicide, and focuses on Mariel Hemingway’s boundless advocacy for mental health awareness.

You can visit Mariel Hemingway’s blog here.

For more information on the conference, click here.
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A Conversation with Mariel Hemingway

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 7 p.m., at the Arclight Theater in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission

Mariel Hemingway will be sharing clips from her documentary, Running from Crazy, shown at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

Mariel Hemingway, Oscar-nominated actress, best-selling author, and mental-health advocate with a family legacy of seven suicides, including her famous grandfather, Ernest Hemingway, will talk about the history of mental illness in her family and will be joined by mental health experts in the community to continue the discussion.

NAMI Communications Coordinator Brendan McLean interviewed Mariel about the film and her experience with mental illness:

“Running From Crazy was a powerful journey for me. I wanted to share my story as a way for others to realize no matter what and where you come from everyone has a story and some relationship to mental instability. I am a Hemingway and have struggled with depression and craziness in my family but I believe that we all share similar stories. I want others to feel supported and the stigma of mental illness to be obliterated. The more we have a dialogue about this issue the better for everyone. Also the positive take away is my belief, based on my experience, that our lifestyle informs our mental wellness is a strong message.”

See the full interview at the NAMI National Site.

A Conversation with Mariel Hemingway begins at 7 p.m. at the Arclight Theater on May 15. For more information about the event and for reservations to attend, go to Free Your Minds Projects. See also the very fine review of Running from Crazy at The Telegraph.