Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Day 2 at NAMI Convention

After our work was done yesterday at the convention, we decided to have some fun. The four of us grabbed a cable car to Fisherman's Wharf.

Here are Debbie, Darcey and Chris waiting to to catch their cable car.

Here are Chris and Jen riding on the outside of the cable car with the conductor, Tommy.

We enjoyed ourselves at the Wharf, including dinner and a trip to the famous chocolate factory, Ghirardelli Square.

Today we felt refreshed and started our day with a brisk walk through the city with the NAMI Walk team.

After that, we had a busy day. Chris spent her morning attending a Town Hall Meeting on Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Chris feels strongly that NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania will make enhancing awareness of mental illness among minorities a strategic goal.

Debbie spent her morning at the NAMI Education, Training and Peer Support Center Institute. She gathered information about many different programs including an In Our Own Voice program designed specifically for families and a tele-health version of our signature Family-to-Family program.

Jen attended the Rural Interest Group Networking Session, taking notes on NAMI's efforts to raise awareness of under-served populations in rural and frontier areas.

After that, the NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania team attended the Federal Legislative Briefing, which offered information, analysis and insight into proposed federal legislation, possible regulatory actions and trends in Washington under the Obama administration.

That session was following by an early afternoon Plenary Session called Parity: Pathway to a Healthy Future.

This afternoon, the team will spend a few hours working on its NAMIpedia workshop, which we'll be presenting at the convention on Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

Following that, we'll join Project Transition for a dinner meeting and then head directly to our State Caucus at 6:45. At the caucus, we will gather together with others members of Pennsylvania as Jim Jordan, executive director of NAMI PA, shares state highlights and introduces us to candidates who are running for the NAMI National Board of Directors.

Tonight, we are looking forward to some down time. Joyce Cooling, an internationally known jazz recording artist and active NAMI member, will be performing here at 8 p.m.

This will be a nice way to unwind after a very busy day at the NAMI convention!