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Annual Conference

NAMI Missouri’s 31st Annual Conference, Be The Change – Break The Silence, will be held on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I- 70 Dr. Southwest, Columbia, MO.

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Join us as we celebrate more than 30 years of service and commitment to improving the quality of life and recovery.  You won’t want to miss out on the following opportunities:

  • Discounted registration rates for members, consumers, families, and students. (Join today and save!) 
  • Free CEUs for professionals
  • Breakout presentations on a variety of topics
  • Friday evening reception and improv, plus breakfast and lunch on Saturday
  • Book signing with keynote presenter, Deena Baxter
  • Exhibit area
  • Closing “Ask the Experts” Panel
  • A fabulous silent auction and more!

Keynote Presentation – Deena Baxter, a published author and wellness advocate will present “SURVIVING SUICIDE – Mending the Family Tree with Heartache, Art and Humor.”  In 2014, Deena launched The Surviving Suicide & Sudden Loss Project in partnership with NAMI of Collier County, FL. The project includes both a book and creative arts website with a mission to promote life-affirming mental wellness.  The book, titled SURVIVING SUICIDE – Searching for “Normal” with Heartache and Humor, received the Mascot Books 2014 Outstanding Author Award for Non-Fiction. Conference attendees may reserve a hardback copy of SURVIVING SUICIDE for only $5 (a $15.95 discount!) using the registration form in the conference brochure below.

Presenters – The 2017 conference features an outstanding selection of speakers:  Child psychiatrist Christina Gesmundo, MD FABPN who will discuss bipolar disorder; Dr. Hemant Thakur presents on Veterans & PTSD; Ronda Reitz, PhD, Missouri’s leading expert on dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT); Christy Hutton, PhD, will discuss recovery; Austin Campbell, Pharm D, will provide the latest information on medication and research; and Todd Williams will present on working with youth.

Conference Brochure – Download this PDF for the full agenda and a printable registration form.

Online Registrationfor current NAMI members only!  (Non-members are encouraged to join NAMI in order to take advantage of the discounted member registration rate. To do so, please download the conference brochure above and complete a printed registration form in order to join NAMI and register for the conference in one transaction.)

Accreditation –  CEUs are FREE to this year’s Conference attendees upon request. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 5.9 clock hours or 7.1 contact hours (.7 CEUs) for this activity. The MIMH credit will fulfill clinical social work and psychologist licensure requirements in Missouri.

Lodging Information – Guest rooms are available at a special discounted rate of $92.95 (plus tax).  For room reservations, please contact the Holiday Inn Executive Center at 573-445-8531 or visit Please specify Group Code NTM when making reservations in order to receive the group rate.   The reservation deadline has been extended through April 28, 2017.


Additional Information:

Sponsorship Form – As a sponsor, your organization will play a valuable role in making this event our most successful conference yet!  Sponsors will have a display space in our exhibitor area, as well as opportunities to interact and network with attendees. Download the Sponsorship Form for a complete list of specific sponsorship level benefits.

Exhibitor Form – For those wishing to have an exhibitor booth only (with no sponsorship benefits), please use this form.  Exhibitor registration deadline is April 24, 2017.


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