September 2015
Upcoming NAMI Homefront Courses

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans with mental health conditions.

Harford County
6 consecutive Thursdays starting October 1st
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Bread of Life Church, Aberdeen, MD

Registration is required.  To register: Call 410-884-8691 or email
Montgomery County
6 consecutive Tuesdays starting October 15th  
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, Rockville, MD

Registration is required. To register: Click here or call 301-949-5852

NAMI joins forces with Philosophy

Did you know that on May 1, NAMI and the major beauty brand, Philosophy, joined forces to launch a nationwide stigmafree campaign?  

Stigmafree urges individuals, companies, and organizations to create a culture in which the stigma associated with mental illness ends and is replaced by hope and support for recovery. 
To learn more, visit
The 27th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference

Shining a Light on Hope and Recovery

October 7, 2015

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NAMI Maryland is deeply saddened by the loss of NAMI volunteer and mentor, Royal Riddick. Royal was part of the first In Our Own Voice speaker training. He became Baltimore program coordinator, and eventually a state and national trainer for the program as NAMI spread it across the country. Among his many roles with NAMI, he served as a NAMI Connections facilitator and NAMI Peer to Peer mentor, worked on veterans and military issues, served on the NAMI Maryland board, and was a state and national trainer in multiple NAMI programs.  Royal made a huge difference in all of our lives.

NAMI Maryland had planned on surprising Royal with our Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming annual NAMI Maryland conference.  The NAMI Maryland Board of Directors has voted to rename the award the "Royal Riddick Lifetime Achievement Award" and it will be presented to his family at the conference on October 16th.

We are putting together a tribute to Royal to be presented at the conference, and would like your memories of him.  If you have a story to share, please click HERE and tell us about it. Feel free to share this link with others.

Thank you!
NIMH Outreach Partnership Program Annual Conference

As part of our recent partnership with the National Institute of Mental Health, NAMI Maryland recently attended the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program Annual Meeting, August 18-20, at NIH in Bethesda, MD. 

Outreach Partners from around the country convened to learn from esteemed researchers and experts about important research projects, recent advancements in the understanding and treatment of mental illness and key initiatives that NIMH is undertaking. Further, partners had the opportunity to connect and share information about their own outreach projects during a sharing session.  NAMI Maryland highlighted the tools and methods we use for outreach around the state.   

To read more about the conference and view some of the presentations that were delivered, click HERE.

Register now for the 2015 NAMI Maryland 
Annual Conference!

October 16-17, 2015
The Conference Center at Sheppard-Pratt
Towson, MD 


Your group will receive 1 FREE 2-DAY REGISTRATION for every 5 guests you send to the conference.  There is no limit to how many free registrations you can earn.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, go to the Group Incentive Registration Page.

More information about pricing, registration and workshops can be found on the conference website!
Nationwide Recruitment: NIH Bipolar Depression Research Studies Enrolling Participants
Is Your Bipolar Depression Hard to Treat? Experiencing thoughts of sadness, hopelessness, guilt, worthlessness, lacking interest in everyday activities you once enjoyed?
NIH researchers seek people between the ages of 18-70 with bipolar disorder, who are currently in a depressive phase, for participation in several brain imaging and medication studies that are evaluating how experimental medications (ketamine, riluzole & scopolamine) may reduce symptoms rapidly. Participation includes 1-4 visits, psychiatric interviews, medical history, physical exam, blood and other medical tests.  Some studies are conducted on an outpatient basis, others on an inpatient basis. Participants must be free of other serious medical conditions. Research evaluations and medications are provided at no cost.

CLICK HERE to read the full article and to find out how to participate.