The focus of the September General Meeting will be on the importance of peer support. Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI National Chief Medical Officer, will talk about how those with lived experience are a critical part of helping individuals struggling with severe mental illness work through their challenges and weather a crisis. In his book You Are Not Alone he talks to numerous NAMI families and individuals on how that human connection is often a turning point.
Duckworth has served as NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer since 2003. He is board certified in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He was previously acting commissioner and medical director at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Duckworth has worked on an assertive community treatment team, at an early psychosis program, at an elementary school, at a health plan, and with people who are unhoused. His passion for this work comes from his loving dad who had bipolar disorder. Duckworth lives with his family in Boston.
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm