NAMI Michigan Conference

2015 Annual NAMI Conference
Make your plans now to attend this potential life changing event on
Thursday May 14 & Friday May 15, 2015

at Detroit Marriott Livonia
17100 Laurel Park Drive North
Livonia, MI  48152

Guest Speaker Bios


Guest Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker: Congressman Patrick Kennedy

Former United States Representative, Rhode Island; Co-Founder, One Mind for Research and SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana); and Founder, Kennedy Forum.

Representative Patrick Kennedy served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is predominantly known as author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This dramatic piece of legislation provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment.

Now, Rep. Kennedy is the co-founder of One Mind for Research, a national coalition seeking new treatments and cures for neurologic and psychiatric diseases of the brain afflicting one in every three Americans. One Mind for Research is dedicated to dramatic enhancements in funding and collaboration in research across all brain disorders in the next decade. This historic grassroots endeavor unites efforts of scientists, research universities, government agencies, and industry and advocacy organizations not only across the country, but throughout the world. Rep. Kennedy is bringing everyone together to design the first blueprint of basic neuroscience, to guide efforts in seeking cures for neurological disorders affecting Americans. 

Rep. Kennedy is the founder of the Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health which served as a vehicle to celebrate the 50th Health Act, the landmark bill that laid the foundation of contemporary mental health policy and provide Rep. Kennedy with the platform to launch a bold, ongoing effort to advance the work President Kennedy began. The Kennedy Forum continues to advocate for mental health parity.

Rep. Kennedy has authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including the National Neurotechnology Initiative Act, the Genomics and Personalized Medicine Act, the COMBAT PTSD Act, and the Alzheimer’s Treatment and Caregiver Support Act. 

Rep. Kennedy is a winner of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Distinguished Service Award, the Society for Neuroscience Public Service Award, the Peter C. Alderman Foundation Humanitarian Award, Centennial Award from the Clifford Beers Foundation, the Autism Society of America Congressional Leadership Award, the Depression and BiPolar Support Paul Wellstone Mental Health Award, the Epilepsy Foundation Public Service Award and has been recognized by many organizations for his mental health advocacy. In 2014, he is being recognized by the Society of Biological Psychiatry, The Samaritan Institute, and The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA).

He is also founder of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus, and the 21st as well as co-founder of SAM-Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

Rep. Kennedy lives in Brigantine, NJ, with his wife, Amy, and their three children.

Links to his speeches:
“A New Campaign for Brain Research” -
“CNN Interview – The Kennedy Legacy” -

"An Evening with Mariel Hemingway" is a separately ticketed event at 6pm on Saturday May 10th.  Please click here to get more details about prices.

Mariel Hemingway

Renaissance woman Mariel Hemingway is not only an iconic Academy Award nominated actor from a celebrated family, she is a prolific author, adventurist, eco activist, healthy lifestyle and mental health advocate, yoga video star, a food brand entrepreneur, and a much sought after keynote speaker focused on mind-body-spirit optimization and purposeful living. 

In a high-tech world, Mariel is considered an expert in offering high-touch solutions to finding the greatest sense of balance, peace, joy, fitness, integration, and authenticity possible. She is both a devoted teacher and a student in this holistic concentration. 

In 2013, Mariel and life partner, eco enthusiast Bobby Williams authored, Running With Nature (Changing Lives Press), wherein they share their insights about the import and impact of good nutrition, meditation, movement, silence, the beauty of simple living, connectedness to self and earth, and an awareness of simple timeless anti-aging modalities based on self-sustaining self-healing focused choices. Mariel and Bobby to lecture at conferences, conventions, and on academic panels nationally, where those of like mind and heart gather to educate, engage, entertain, and to enrich each other’s experiences. 

With her two beloved daughters, Dree, (age 25) and Langley, (age 23) grown and successful in their own modeling careers, Mariel is once again considering the right film and television series opportunities for 2013 and beyond. She is passionate about the art of acting and loves the collective energy of working with other gifted actors, directors, producers, and writers.

Mariel’s film and television accomplishments include: Manhattan, Lipstick, Personal Best, Star 80, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace; in high profile appearances on Roseanne, in TV film: See Arnold Run, as guest star in: Law & Order, and many other programs. Mariel was a series regular in Civil Wars, as well as being the narrator for the television series documentary Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life.

In 2003 Mariel wrote her powerful best selling memoir, Finding My Balance, an honest and inspiring story of her life’s journey through the lens of her personal yoga and meditation practices. Her second book, Mariel Hemingway’s Healthy Living from the Inside Out (Harper Collins; San Francisco 2007), is a how-to guide to finding a greater sense of balance, joy, and meaning through self-empowering techniques and strategies. Her 2009 healthy lifestyle cookbook entitled, Mariel’s Kitchen focused on creative and delicious gluten and sugar free offerings. It was one of the first on scene to shine the national spotlight on the benefits of this type of diet and lifestyle. 

Recent 2013 profiles include those on and in USA Today, LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Today Show, Huffington Post/AOL video sites, Vanity Fair, Interview Magazine, The Times of London, and she and Bobby will soon be Oprah Winfrey’s featured guests on OWN’s premiere show, Super Soul Sunday. Amanda Fortis will profile Mariel in a 5000-word piece for July’s New York Times Magazine. 

Also in 2013, a rich and evocative documentary about Mariel and the Hemingway family, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, entitled, Running From Crazy, will be released theatrically. The film includes focus on Mariel’s boundless advocacy for mental health awareness.

Like the creatively blessed Hemingways before her, Mariel loves the outdoors. She thrives when exploring nature in order to amplify her sense of purpose and peace. Her role as spokesperson for Cambria USA is a celebration of her desire to align with brands that respect and reflect the earth’s natural beauty, and brings that sensibility to conscious consumers in all aspects of their brand. Mariel is also the founder of Mariel’s Kitchen, producer of gluten and sugar free confection, Blisscuits.

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