Thursday, July 9, 2009

NAMIpedia Exceeds Expectations

Even we at NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania -- who created NAMIpedia with our technology partner MedRespond and funder the Staunton Farm Foundation -- did not expect the level of interest and enthusiasm we received today in our workshop at the NAMI National Convention.

In the course of a one-hour-and-15-minute presentation, we must have received 50 questions from people wanting to tap into the cutting edge resource that is NAMIpedia.

Judith Mayer of NAMI San Francisco said, "This is the best thing I've seen NAMI do for the next generation."

NAMIs from many different states want to be a part of NAMIpedia and asked us question after question about how they can do it. They even offered to pay us, suggesting that we license, package and sell NAMIpedia to our national office and/or fellow affiliates.

We were blown away by the intense level of excitement. When we announced that today marked the unveiling of NAMIpedia across the country, the audience exploded in applause.

We were fortunate to have a great audience (which is often the case when it's a NAMI audience) who genuinely care about the mission and how NAMIpedia can foster inclusiveness.

What a fantastic ending to a fun and educational NAMI convention. After a few poster sessions and "Ask the Doctor" seminars this afternoon, we plan to enjoy the closing banquet this evening and say farewell to San Francisco.