Annual Conference

APRIL 17–18, 2020
Osthoff Resort
101 Osthoff Ave, Elkhart Lake, WI  53020

Mark your calendars! The Annual Conference 2020 will be held Friday, April 17 – Saturday, April 18, 2020 At the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI!

This year’s conference theme, Growing Stronger Together, will focus on the strength of NAMI as a grassroots organization. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate the many unique connections grassroots organizations can create, while also learning how to use these connections to make the mental health system more collaborative. The event will once again host a large variety of audiences, including mental health providers, leaders, social workers, clinicians, government officials, criminal justice partners, consumers, and family members. Mental health advocates from all over the state are welcome to attend.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Judith A. Cook as the keynote speaker for our NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference 2020! Dr. Cook is a professor and director at the Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an internationally recognized authority on mental health services research, specifically the study of clinical and rehabilitation outcomes of children and adults receiving community-based care.

View full list of our breakout sessions HERE.


Registration for the Annual Conference opens November 7, 2019 and Closes April 10, 2020. There is a block of rooms reserved for this conference at the Osthoff. Please call (855) 671-6870 to reserve a room in the NAMI Wisconsin block.



The NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference typically draws about 400 attendees who are mental health consumers, family members, leaders, and professionals in the field. All exhibitors and advertisements appear in the conference program. All sponsorships are listed in the conference program and are featured in our statewide publication, The Iris, which reaches 2,000 recipients statewide.

Your generous support through sponsorship, exhibiting, and/or advertisement will grant many conference attendees an opportunity to receive a full or partial scholarship, and helps us to continue hosting and growing this conference!

As you may know, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicating to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Wisconsin advocates for access to services, treatment, support, and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a strong community of hope for all of those in need.


Registration Closes March 13, 2020

Scholarships are Available! 

Every year, NAMI Wisconsin offers 10 full scholarships to individuals interested in attending the Annual Conference.

The NAMI Wisconsin conference scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to family members and peers who otherwise would be unable to attend the conference. The purpose and priority of awarding scholarships include:

1) To encourage new leadership and strengthen present leaders.

2) To encourage increased participation by family members and peers.

3) To encourage growth in geographic areas where NAMI Wisconsin needs strengthening.

The Scholarship application opens December 9, 2019 and Closes February 7, 2020!



Iris Awards

Each year, the NAMI Wisconsin Board of Directors select approximately 4-6 people to recognize their outstanding contribution at the NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference. Recognition awards are given to people who stand out in their efforts, contributions and dedication to improve the quality of life of people affected by mental illnesses and to promote recovery. If you know someone you would like to nominate please use the link below. Awards will be presented Friday April 17th, at the NAMI Wisconsin Annual Conference 2020.

Iris Award nominations are due Feb. 9, 2020.


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