FEBRUARY 2019 BY TYRONE KELSEY NAMI Washtenaw County will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this year! Wow. When you consider how far we’ve come over those years, you see the power of grassroots efforts. NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, emerged through the passionate and highly motivating experiences of men and women impacted byContinue reading From the Board
FEBRUARY 2019 BY LOIS MAHARG NAMI Washtenaw has made presentations at faith-based venues before. But 2019 began with something new: NAMI Washtenaw conducted a series of four interactive workshops called “A Christian’s Response to Mental Health Challenges” at the First United Methodist Church of Saline, where Darlene Wetzel is a member of the congregation. “DarleneContinue reading Mental Health Challenges: What Should Christians Do?
FEBRUARY 2019 Imagine this situation: A family member is suddenly experiencing a mental health crisis and you need to know how to help that person right away. NAMI has a Family-to-Family course but the next class is several weeks away. Where can you turn for the immediate assistance you need? A new program coming toContinue reading Free NAMI eBook Available Now
FEBRUARY 2019 BY GIZEM YAGCI Hello Readers! My name is Gizem Yagci and I am a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) facilitator at NAMI Washtenaw! Since I was trained in the summer of 2017, I have facilitated five P2P classes, and I am super excited to announce that we have a new curriculum for our outstanding program! IContinue reading Course Is Interactive & Improved, Says Peer-to-Peer Facilitator
FEBRUARY 2019 Plans for NAMI Washtenaw’s second gala are moving ahead with a big new theme. The Empowerment Gala: 35 Years of Saving Lives Through Education, Support and Advocacy is set for Saturday, May 18, at the Portage Yacht Club in Pinckney. Join us for the festivities and enjoy food, wine and views of theContinue reading The Empowerment Gala: Save the Date!
FEBRUARY 2019 Resilience Rally Friday, March 1, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 This event, free of charge, is for early childhood professionals in Washtenaw County who want to learn to build resilience in young children and themselves. The rally will include positive, fun connection activitiesContinue reading Upcoming Events
FEBRUARY 2019 NAMI Washtenaw County took part in a daylong Mental Health Matters event on Feb. 7 at Mill Creek Middle School in Dexter. Volunteer Bob Nassauer described the day as “well organized and powerful.” The Corner Health Center kicked off the event to the whole school. The presentation included a TED Talk by comedianContinue reading NAMI Washtenaw Goes to Middle School for Mental Health Event
FEBRUARY 2019 BY BARB HIGMAN, LAURA GARCIA AND GLENN NELSON On November 7, 2017, voters in Washtenaw County passed a millage to provide funds for mental health and public safety. This was a victory for the dedicated people who worked hard to educate citizens about the need for improved services for individuals living with mentalContinue reading Mental Health & Public Safety: A Call to Action
FEBRUARY 2019 BY SPENCER WALZ Note: This story was originally published online under a different headline on March 15, 2018, by the U-M School of Public Health. Both the School of Public Health and the author, who leads a NAMI Washtenaw support group, granted NAMI Washtenaw permission to republish it. I started at the UniversityContinue reading Return to U-M Helps NAMI Volunteer Find New Career Path
FEBRUARY 2019 Note: Our thanks to NAMI for allowing us to republish this article from the NAMI website: nami.org/find-support/living-with-a-mental-health-condition/romantic-relationships. When you’re living with a mental health condition, you may wonder whether or not to talk about it with your significant other. And if you’re single, you may wonder if having a mental health condition rulesContinue reading Is Romance in the Offing? NAMI Offers Advice