Annual Meetings

NAMI New Jersey presents awards to recognize the efforts of mental health advocates to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. These award are presented to affiliate leaders, individuals and families affected by mental illness, community leaders, mental health service providers, law enforcement officers, educators, legislators, media – in short anyone who steps up to make a difference!


NAMI New Jersey 2021 Annual Meeting & Conference

Growing Through Adversity, Embracing Resilience

Friday, June 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET | Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

Please join us at the 2021 NAMI NJ Annual Meeting and Annual Conference, a two-day virtual event! At this two-day event, you will find a community, celebration, inspiration, and opportunities to give back, regardless of your role in the mental health community – individuals with lived experience, family members, mental health service providers, state or county level agencies, advocates, legislators, law enforcement officers, media, and educators.

NAMI New Jersey presents awards at our Annual Meeting to recognize the efforts of mental health advocates to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. Updates on programs and resources of our organization will be provided at our annual meeting. This year, join us as we honor Phil Lubitz, our Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, as he retires after 25 years with NAMI NJ!

Our theme for this year’s Annual Conference is Growing Through Adversity, Embracing Resilience. There is no doubt that this past year has challenged us in various ways. How can we remain vigilant when it appears the world has been brought to a standstill? Join us for a virtual learning experience as we gather together to glean insight and wisdom from professionals, experts, our neighbors and peers!

This year we will have morning and afternoon sessions along 4 tracks:

– Opioid
– Education
– Advocacy
– Community Trauma and Resilience

At the conference, we will also be showing the documentary Orchestrating Change (, followed by a panel discussion with the stars and filmmakers. Don’t miss it!

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2020 NAMI NJ Virtual Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony

Full List of 2020 Awardees

NAMI NJ members and special guests gathered virtually on Saturday, July 18 to celebrate our organization’s 35th Anniversary and to recognize the extraordinary work of NAMI affiliates, programs, providers, and collaborators. Meredith Masin Blount, Executive Director, announced that Mark T. Williams, BSN, RN-BC has been newly elected as President of the Board of Trustees, and seven individuals have been welcomed onboard as regional or at-large trustees. Over 30 distinguished awards were presented to exemplary leaders in the mental health movement who have been dedicated to the mental health cause in the past year and beyond, including the timely response to the community’s unique challenges during the pandemic. In response to racial injustice, NAMI NJ Board of Trustees unanimously passed a Resolution Against Racism which was announced at the meeting to a statewide audience. Read press release of the event.




View photos from the 2019 Annual Meeting.

See Full List of 2019 Awardees



View 2018 Annual Meeting photo album

View Presentation Slides by NAMI NJ Executive Director, Meredith Masin Blount




2017 NAMI NJ Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Pictures by Melanie Yu and David Crispi





Pictures by Shawnee Chaudhury

Annual Leadership Meeting & Awards 2016 PowerPoint

Annual Leadership Meeting & Awards 2016 PowerPoint 2




Pictures by Hima Sathian

Pictures by Hima Sathian





Picture Album: NAMI NJ 2014 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon