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Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: NAMI and NIMH: Then, Now, and the Future


September 15, 2022




The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a long history of advocating to advance science and care for those living with mental illnesses. In this lecture, Ken Duckworth, M.D., provided an overview of NAMI and the lessons found in his upcoming book, You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health―With Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real Individuals and Families.


Read the transcript.

About Dr. Duckworth

Ken Duckworth, M.D., is the chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and has worked with NAMI since 2003. Dr. Duckworth 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.

Dr. 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. Dr. Duckworth lives with his family in Boston.

About the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) established the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series to encourage broad, interdisciplinary thinking in the development of scientific initiatives and programs, and to press for theoretical leaps in science over the continuation of incremental thought. Innovation speakers are encouraged to describe their work from the perspective of breaking through existing boundaries and developing successful new ideas, as well as working outside their primary area of expertise in ways that have pushed their fields forward. We encourage discussions of the meaning of innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, and paradigm-shifting.

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