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Volume XXI, Number 2 Winter, 2017

In This Issue:

President’s Message

NAMIWalk Grand Rapids 2017

Family to Family class

CIT Training in Kent County

Beating the Holiday Blues

Helping a Loved One with Depression

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Friends and Fellow NAMI Members,

 

Don’t forget about our up-coming meeting times. The second Tuesday of each month is the time for our General Meeting. As is our usual custom, December’s meeting will not have a speaker, but we will have a “finger-food” and drink of your choice Christmas / Holiday Party. Each attendee is welcome to add to the festivities by just coming and, perhaps by bringing some of their / your special favorite snacks.

We have our Family Support Group meeting in Grand Rapids on the third Tuesday of each month; the Family Support Group meeting is in Grand Haven.

Check out all these meeting times, locations, etc. on our website: NAMIofKent.org. Our webmaster is great; you can give him information by using one of the buttons on the website. He – like all of your volunteer members do not receive remuneration for their work. But a word of gratitude goes a long way. (Thanks for what you do, Corwin!)

On Tuesday, November 14th, we had a well-attended General Meeting. The topic was the “CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Training we helped with this past year; there was two “week-long” training for police in Kent County. Each session was limited to not more than 35 officers. The consultant for the Training – and our speaker of the night was Rafael Diaz, who is also an officer in the Kalamazoo Police Department. The presentation itself, Rafael Diaz himself, the members & audience, etc. were just excellent. In the give-n-take & question-answer time, there was a lot of interest in how more training could be done.

We have some important work ahead of us in the 2018 calendar year:

  • Recertification. NAMI national wants each state organization and local affiliate to participate. The effort is to make sure that everything we do is consistent with the national brand. All our materials, teachers, materials have been vetted.
  • Your board will be working on finance reports; categories of funds we have raised, and how we have expended the monies. We will then be more able to plan for the futures.

This latter time of the year can be one of happiness and festivities. But also know that it can be a lot of work. Not to be forgotten is that many of us don’t always have that joy; many are languishing. Let’s not forget!

Let’s talk more.

See you soon – at one of our meetings.

Thanks, and Peace!

Tom

NAMIWalks Grand Rapids 2017____

Thanks to all who helped make our second annual NAMIwalks Grand Rapids a big success! The walk had 471 participants and raised over $66,000 this year which is more than last year. Most of the money raised stays right here in West Michigan and the money that leaves Michigan goes to the national NAMI organization which supports the state and local affiliates.

Our day began with rain, but by the time the walk was to start, the rain had stopped. The sun even came out for a while as we walked around the beautiful Davenport University campus. Along the path, we found a band and several different cheerleaders to help us along the way. We had several inspiring speakers before the walk and grilled hamburgers after the walk. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the participants and to see so many college students participating in the walk and learning about mental illness. Unfortunately, many people receive their first diagnosis at college age so to have our walk on a university campus will help reach many people who need to know. Not only will the students at Davenport University learn about mental illness, but we hope they learn that there is no stigma associated with having a mental illness. The sooner someone with a diagnosis gets help, the better.

Several teams and many individuals walked to help our affiliate here in Kent County. It’s too soon to have a final number as donations were accepted up until December 7. We hope to get some numbers to you in the spring, at which time we’ll be ramping up for the next NAMIWalks Grand Rapids. If you have participated, we hope you join us again, and if you have not yet participated, we hope you’ll consider doing so next year when the walk will be held on October 13.

NAMI Mission Statement

NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need. NAMI offers support and education programs for families and individuals living with mental health conditions.

NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency, and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected

by mental illness.

Family to Family Class ____________

We need more people to register for this class for it to be held in January or February. Register for this class and receive the blessing.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being.

The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing.

The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with a mental illness. It includes presentations, discussion, and interactive exercises.

It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

What You’ll Gain

NAMI Family-to-Family not only provides critical information and strategies for taking care of the person you love, but you’ll also find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

The group setting of NAMI Family-to-Family provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You can also help others through your own experience. In the program, you’ll learn about:

  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Taking care of yourself and managing your stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to provide support with compassion
  • Finding and using local supports and services
  • Up-to-date information on mental health conditions and how they affect the brain
  • Current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications, and side effects
  • The impact of mental illness on the entire family

What People are Saying

“Before I took the course, I felt alone and overwhelmed dealing with my daughter’s mental illness. By taking this course, I have met others who are going through the same things I am and have learned about many resources that I never knew existed.”

“I thought my wife and I knew just about everything there is to know about the system and the illness. Boy, were we wrong. Without a doubt, this is the best support course I have had the privilege of taking part in, bar none.”

If interested, please contact Tom Dooley, NAMI of Kent County president, at TFDooley@Gmail.com or 616-200-4105.

Police Changing Tactics to Help the Mentally Ill

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CIT training is part of the effort to provide more crisis response services in Kent County.

Henry Erb, Target 8 investigator

Published: November 10, 2017

http://woodtv.com/2017/11/10/target-8-police-changing-tactics-to-help-the-mentally-ill/

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — He didn’t think he would need it so soon.

The day after Michigan State Police Trooper Evan Mize graduated from a crisis intervention class, he found himself using the tools he had just been taught as he talked a mentally ill man down from a sign over US-131 in Grand Rapids.

“You could tell that this individual was in crisis,” Mize said.

Once the man came down, Mize said, he was “aggressive.”

“Instead of going hands-on with that individual, we utilized the training and techniques we were taught in the crisis intervention training program,” he said.

That meant understanding what was happening from the man’s point of view and talking to calm him down.

“We didn’t want to have that turn into a use-of-force scenario,” Mize said. “That doesn’t help anybody.”

TENSE SITUATIONS CAN TURN DEADLY

Police across the country say a large number of the people they deal with on the street are experiencing some form of mental illness.

Confrontations with people in crisis can be deadly. Estimates put the percentage of police shootings involving mentally ill people between a quarter and half. It is also estimated that more than a hundred officers have died since 2009 in clashes with people in some sort of mental health crisis.

In January, a family member called Kent County sheriff’s deputies for help with Jonathan Sper, who had struggled with mental illness for years. After deputies arrived at the home north of Rockford, there was a fight, and a deputy shot and killed Sper. The shooting was later ruled justified.

Sper’s family is “still intensely grieving over the unnecessary shooting death,” his father David Sper wrote in an email to Target 8 investigators.

David Sper said the family set up a memorial fund to help pay for de-escalation training for police officers, which he says is “long overdue in our community.”

THE MEMPHIS MODEL

A similar scenario in Memphis, Tennessee, 30 years ago stirred police and the community to look for new ways for officers to respond to people suffering mental health crises. Since then, the Memphis Model has been slowly spreading across the country.

Kent County is now one of a few areas in Michigan building on existing police training with Memphis Model de-escalation techniques. So far, two weeklong classes have trained 60 of some 900 officers in Kent County.

The man leading the training is Rafael Diaz, a lieutenant with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, where de-escalation methods have been used for a decade. He formed a group that is teaching the techniques to police in other communities.

“This training isn’t going to stop or prevent every violent encounter,” Diaz said. “We just hope it reduces the probability that it’s going to occur.”

CHANGING BEHAVIORS TO CHANGE OUTCOMES

The program recognizes that traditional take-charge police tactics for dealing with common criminals don’t always work very well when dealing with someone having a mental health crisis. Diaz said the tactics officers use to get control of criminals work because the bad guys are thinking rationally.

That’s not the case when someone is in crisis. “Their ability to reason is down,” Diaz said. “These people are having difficulty processing information, knowing where they’re at. Their ability to perceive reality is impaired.”

From such a person’s perspective, he explained, “Everything is dangerous, everything is terrifying, so by changing some of our approaches, some of our mannerisms, some of our speech patterns, police officers may be able to get the person to calm down and be less fearful.”

“And less fearful means our probability of being able to communicate goes up, and our probability for violence goes down,” Diaz said.

The weeklong courses bring in mental health experts to teach officers about different kinds of mental illness and what they look like on the street. Officers find out what behaviors are real threats and what are just the illness talking.

Officers then go through a series of scenarios to practice what they’ve learned with health workers and other cops playing people showing various mental health crises.

This training opens our eyes toward mental illness and just gives us more tools for our toolbox,” Trooper Mize said.

The case of the man on the freeway sign ended peacefully with the man headed to the hospital for treatment. Mize said that “could have ended a different way” if he hadn’t had the crisis intervention training.

A SYSTEMWIDE APPROACH

The seed for bringing the training to Kent County was planted a couple of years ago after two East Grand Rapids officers went to Kalamazoo for the course and came back with glowing reviews. East Grand Rapids Police Chief Mark Herald said local chiefs and the county sheriff started talking among themselves and then started calling people in the other big institutions involved into the mental health system.

“Once we got together in the same room, it just kind of took off, and everybody realized we had to do something,” Herald said.

The plan in Kent County aims to do more than train officers.

“In Kent County, we’re working to fundamentally redefine and equip our community to deal with mental health issues,” said Scott Gilman, who heads the county mental health agency, Network180.

For the first time, the whole system seems to be trying to smooth over the gaps in caring for people with mental health issues, aiming to keep them in treatment and out of crisis. One of those gaps is the lack of a place for police to take people who are in crisis. The remedy is creating a 24-hour locked crisis center where they can get immediate care.

“This is about keeping people out of jail who don’t really need to be there and need health care,” Gilman said. “It’s a huge change.”

The Kent County plan has drawn financial aid from the state government to help create a mental health care model for the rest of the state.

But Gilman says the $1.2 million state grant is a drop in the bucket compared to what’s necessary to make all the needed changes, and $8 million is still needed just to create the crisis center.

THE MAIN OBSTACLE: MONEY

The plan is to eventually get officers who have undergone crisis intervention training to become instructors.

Still, there is a cost. Taking officers away from their duties for a week of training “means we have to pay overtime to somebody to fill that slot and it becomes very problematic,” Chief Herald said.

That could be an obstacle, especially for smaller departments, in implementing the training across the state.

“(It) is very urgent that we come up with a model so that all law enforcement agencies in Michigan can get crisis intervention training,” state Rep. David LaGrand, who is on a mental health task force, said.

LaGrand, a Democrat from Grand Rapids, said the only stumbling block is money.

“The political will to fund this is always going to be a problem, and that’s a problem with everything in our state right now,” he said.

But LaGrand said he is an optimist and believes that the chances of getting all officers in the state through crisis intervention training is “well north of 50 percent. I’d say north of 75 percent.”

INSPIRATIONS FOR LIVING__________

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust

“The ability to make others feel valued is a tremendous gift.”

Norman Vincent Peale

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Leo Tolstoy

“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”

Wayne W. Dyer

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Beating the Holiday Blues

By Maude Purcell, LCSW, CEAP

https://psychcentral.com/lib/beating-the-holiday-blues

Joy to the world! ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Festive music fills the air; holiday cheer abounds. Everyone is happy at holiday time – right? Wrong. Truth be told, many people feel lonely, sad, anxious and depressed at this time of year. How can this be?

  • Pressure to feel merry: Do you feel joyous when holiday decorations go up and store windows fill with gifts? If you don’t take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. The disparity between how you actually feel and what you think you are supposed to feel can cause you guilt and confusion. This phenomenon can start you off on the wrong foot, even before the festivities begin.
  • Remembrances of holidays past: Consciously or unconsciously, you have a mental record of previous holidays. Your mood may be contaminated by the specter of sad holidays past. If your current life circumstances are unhappy, however, you may long for the happy holidays you once enjoyed.
  • Reminders of loved ones lost: Holidays are a time for reflection. All too often your thoughts turn to beloved family members and friends who have passed away. The subsequent sense of loss feel can spoil even the happiest of celebrations.
  • Loneliness: Holidays can be dreadfully lonely if you don’t have a significant other. Additionally, separation from family members (emotional or geographic) can be particularly painful at this time of year.
  • Financial hardship: One of the joys of the holiday season is to give to others. If your financial resources are severely limited at this time of year you are likely to feel insufficient, and as though you are “on the outside looking in.”
  • In search of sunlight: Many people are adversely impacted by the relative loss of sunlight they experience during the winter months. This phenomenon even has a name: seasonal affective disorder or SAD. Your holiday blues will only be exacerbated by limited sunshine.
  • Help someone else: It’s hard to feel down while you are busy helping someone else. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, wrap gifts for unfortunate kids or spend time with an elderly relative or friend. Instead of feeling glum you’ll find yourself experiencing what the holidays are really about: Giving to others.
  • Create your own traditions: Contrary to popular opinion, there are no rules for how you spend your holidays. So if old traditions bring up unhappy memories, start new ones. If you don’t have family, share the holidays with good friends. Don’t wait for them to include you; make them welcome in your home instead. If cooking a Christmas dinner feels like a drag, do brunch. If going to a synagogue or a church service dampens your spirits, have your own worship service outdoors, at home or wherever you wish.
  • Stay busy and avoid unstructured time: If you know the holidays are difficult for you, why not plan ahead and minimize your difficult feelings. Try to fill your calendar with fun events. Too much time spent alone may bring you to an old, familiar place: down.

Now here’s the most important thing you can do to beat those blues: No matter what is happening in your life, think of the blessings you do have. Taking stock of all of the positives in your life – right here and now – can go a long way toward ending your “bah humbug” mood.

With a little bit of planning and forethought, the holidays can be wonderful – and not because they are supposed to be.

 

Helping a Loved One with Depression
By Robin L. FlaniganNovember 12, 2017


You can’t “fix” someone living with depression. What you can do is find ways to show that you care and encourage them to seek help.

hopetocope.com_______________________

It’s hard watching someone you care about struggle with depression. The woman you fell in love with because of her adventurous spirit now spends all her free time on the couch, watching Netflix. The guy you bonded with at work frequently calls in sick, and when he’s on duty, he’s distant and irritable.

But what to do about it? You want to be supportive, of course, but you’re unsure exactly how. What if your words of encouragement come across as insensitive or patronizing? How do you offer to help without sounding like you’re pushing for a solution?

Being on the sidelines comes with its own struggles, but talk to any mental health professional or advocate and they’ll say you have a crucial role to play when you notice someone—a friend, romantic partner, relative, colleague, neighbor—becoming despondent, losing sleep, expressing hopelessness, or showing other signs of depression. And that’s to become a coach of sorts, a voice that tells the person who is depressed that he or she is not alone, that someone cares enough to notice the shift in behavior and is willing to risk the awkwardness of mentioning it.

Those professionals and advocates will also say this: Too often, well-intentioned attempts to help fall completely flat, and sometimes make matters worse. Commonly used phrases like “Look on the bright side” or “You’ll snap out of it” have no place in a conversation about depression, which has nothing to do with choice.

When Susan C. of upstate New York told a close friend recently that she was grappling with depression, the friend answered, “What do you have to be upset about? Your life is golden right now.”

True, Susan owns a business, creates art nearly every day, has a solid marriage and children who are committed to making a difference in the world. But that’s not the point.

“There still is a chemical imbalance in my brain that doesn’t go away,” says Susan, who finds meditation and exercise helpful in weathering her depressive episodes.

The response she would have liked to hear?

“What I appreciate the most is when people say, “I don’t understand what you’re going through, but I’m here for you.” That’s a whole different ballgame because they’re acknowledging they haven’t walked in my shoes.

“We don’t have to exactly understand someone else’s journey to appreciate and support it,” she adds. “Often just understanding someone needs a little bit of love is enough.”

Part of the problem has to do with the way the word “depressed” is thrown around in casual conversation, notes Sally Winston, PsyD, a founding clinical fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

“People often say, ‘I’m having eight people for dinner, and I’m so depressed because I can’t figure out what kind of pudding to have,’” explains Winston, whose therapy practice is based at the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland.

“People think that’s what clinical depression is, or that it’s like [a situation] when they were able to shift their own state of sadness by sheer will. It’s definitely not the same thing.”

 

HELPING HAND

Winston says that if you have a close relationship with someone who can’t get out of bed or is neglecting personal hygiene, you should try to have a serious discussion about the need to seek help—an intervention if you will.

What to do: Give assurances that there’s no need to be embarrassed. Point out that a familiar primary care doctor is a good place to start (unless the situation is unusually complicated) and can prescribe antidepressants if necessary. Above all, let the person with depression know you care.

“Here’s what’s good to say: ‘The real you is crouched down inside and is going to come back up undamaged. I know that even if you don’t know that, and I’m not going away,’” Winston advises. “The main thing to know is that the depressed person fears abandonment, and [fears] that they’re hurting the relationship in a way that will be permanently damaging.”

For couples, how one person responds to a partner dealing with stress has “pronounced and far-reaching” implications, particularly when depression is involved, according to Matthew Johnson, an associate professor of family science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Johnson is a co-author of a six-year study that found that the way couples relate to each other during depressive episodes correlates with the likelihood of relapse.

When women had partners who were more supportive, they got a boost in self-esteem and had fewer depressive episodes one year later. For men, a supportive relationship reduced the number of depressive episodes one year later but had no impact on self-esteem.

“I study couples for a living, and they are happier and have more stable relationships when they support each other during stressful times,” says Johnson.

That said, Johnson offers a word of caution to those on the sidelines about meddling too much: “Don’t feel that this particular burden [depression] has to become your burden as well. We grow as individuals by overcoming our own challenges.”

There’s a useful saying from the substance recovery moment, known as the three Cs, that applies equally here: “I didn’t cause it, I can’t control it, and I can’t cure it.”

Susan has her own take: “It is totally arrogant and a misconception that we can save anyone else other than ourselves.”

 

KNOW THE SIGNS

Increasingly, mental health advocates are trying to raise greater awareness of how important it is for people to speak up when they notice someone exhibiting symptoms of depression.

The national nonprofit Give an Hour recruited former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Britain’s Prince Harry and other celebrities to lend their star power to public service announcements for the Campaign to Change Direction.

At the heart of the campaign, which aims to encourage more open conversation about mental health, is publicizing five signs that indicate someone may be in emotional distress: personality changes, agitation, withdrawal, poor hygiene, and hopelessness.

People who are educated about the five signs should more easily recognize those in need, and ideally reach out and guide them toward the appropriate care and resources.

“This is about giving people permission to reach out with a very simple message that says, ‘I care about you,’” says licensed clinical psychologist Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, founder and president of Give an Hour.

Van Dahlen realizes that making such a gesture may feel uncomfortable and require a large dose of vulnerability. Yet she questions why our culture deems it fit to show up on a neighbor’s doorstep with a casserole after hearing about a cancer diagnosis, say, but steers clear of any interaction with a family dealing with a loved one’s psychotic break.

You don’t have to follow any sort of script to be of assistance, Van Dahlen assures.

“It’s OK to start with, ‘I don’t know what to say that could be of help to you, but I want to be of help.’ That’s a wonderful bridge. It’s almost impossible to have that go badly.”

Perhaps if we were more familiar with discussing mental health concerns, we wouldn’t have to approach those kinds of conversations with so much trepidation.

That was the idea behind the Kognito Challenge, a joint campaign by the campus advocacy organization Active Minds and a New York City-based company that develops role-playing simulations. The need is high: The most recent National College Health Assessment survey in 2016 found that 58 percent of college students admitted feeling overwhelmed and 37 percent had difficulty functioning because of depression.

During the 2016 fall semester, 7,000 students across 205 university campuses went through a simulation called At-Risk for Students. As an avatar interacts with a virtual friend who would benefit from seeking help for emotional distress, the role-player chooses from a menu of responses, receives feedback on the choices, and learns about mental health resources to recommend.

According to Kognito, 51 percent of students who participated reported feeling better prepared to approach and discuss concerns with a friend in distress, and 96 percent said they felt confident about encouraging a suicidal student to seek help.

“It’s not that we as friends or colleagues or family members don’t care about others, it’s just that these conversations are not very easy to have,” says Kognito CEO Ron Goldman, adding, “We have a strong belief in the power of conversations to change behavior in a positive way.”

 

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

Fran L. of Colorado has some advice for sideline coaches: Separate the person from the disease.

Fran describes watching the man who had been his best friend for decades transform from a gregarious guy, an extreme sports athlete dedicated to traveling the world to rock climb or wind surf, into a recluse who didn’t want to come out of his room and became suicidal.

It was obvious that his buddy wasn’t himself—and equally obvious that the problem was bigger than Fran could handle on his own.

At one point, Fran had his friend hospitalized for three days after the other man took a bunch of pills in his presence and admitted that he’d taken a bunch more not long before.

“I had to remember that this is a consuming sickness and one person isn’t going to be able to fight it,” Fran says. “What I did was easy because the only other option was death. It didn’t matter what he thought about it at the time because I knew he was going to be pretty appreciative that I kept him alive. And he was.”

Fran continues: “The best thing you can do for somebody is be their advocate. You’ve got to be the lighthouse.”

Of course, the type of relationship you have with the other person will influence what type of assistance you’re called on to provide. Sometimes little actions that cast forth an encouraging beam may make a surprising difference.

When Susan feels low and someone sends a card, or brings her an unexpected cup of tea, or invites her to go for a car ride, she’s reminded she has important people in her life—and that she is important to them.

“No one can possibly understand everything everyone else is going through,” she says. “Sometimes all we need is for somebody to give a damn.”

SPEAK UP TO HELP

If you see someone struggling with depression, it’s important to speak up, even if you don’t quite know what to say. Depression can be a very lonely experience, and you can make a difference just by showing you care enough to notice. A few practical tips:

Be a cruise director. Gently encourage people with depression to do things that would normally give them pleasure, even if that pleasure takes a while to show up. Instead of saying, “This will make you feel better,” try: “This may fall completely flat, but try to keep yourself activated,” recommends Sally Winston, PsyD. “Always acknowledge what a huge effort that is, and that it’s not going to work instantly.”

Stay the course. Don’t abandon your efforts, especially if you know the person well and are more available to offer your support. “You can be a broken record,” says Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD. “Sometimes it takes more than one approach before somebody lets us help.”

Listen first, advise later. If you talk too much at first, your plans to help may backfire. When you do talk, ask open-ended questions such as “How are you feeling?” or “What would you like to do?”

The author, Robin L. Flanigan, is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in People Magazine, US Airways Magazine and other national and regional publications. She lives in Rochester, NY.

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NAMI Kent County Lending Library of Books and Movies______________________

We now have over 140 books and 7 movies that are available for checkout.

Library Policy

  1. $5 deposit/book (refundable if returned by due date)
  2. Limit of two items per individual for three weeks
  3. If materials are not returned within one month from check out date, the deposit is forfeited.

After meetings and classes held in the Network180 building, the book truck will be available for you to look at the books._______________________

A good source for searching for a therapist or psychiatrist is https://www.psychologytoday.com/ There are many search variables, such as location, your insurance, therapy issues, gender, etc.

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If you or someone you know is suicidal, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

HELP NAMI RAISE MONEY WHILE SHOPPING________________________________If you shop on Amazon, you can now go to smile.amazon.com and choose “NAMI KENT COUNTY” as your charity. When you make a purchase from smile.amazon.com 0.5% of your purchase will go to NAMI. Thank you for your support of NAMI.

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

NAMI of Kent County General Meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Network180, 790 Fuller Ave., NE, Board Room – 2nd Floor. The dates are December 12, January 9, February 13, and March 13.

December 12 We will have our annual Christmas party. Bring finger food to share and enjoy time socializing. ____________________________________

NAMI Support Group Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Network180, 790 Fuller Ave., NE, Board Room 2nd Floor. The dates are: December 19, January 16, February 20, and March 20.

Network180 is the place to start accessing services for those living in Kent County with Medicaid, Medicare or no insurance. Their access center address is 790 Fuller Avenue NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503. They are open 24/7 for people in crisis and help connect people with the services they need, such as case management, or therapy, or hospitalizations or whatever they need. They can be reached at 800-440-7548 or 734-544-3000.

Network180 Board Meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. These meetings are usually held at 790 Fuller N.E. in the Board Room, second floor and are open to the public. The dates are:

December 2, January 2, February 5, and March 5.

Hospitals:

Pine Rest 616.455.9200, or  800.678.5500 (Toll-free)

This number is for hospital admissions. If you have Medicare or Medicaid, or no insurance, you will need to talk to Network 180 first to be admitted. Pine Rest has other services and different phone numbers for those.

Forest View (800) 949-8439 (Toll-free)

This number is for hospital admissions.

Other Resources:

Arbor Circle arborcircle.org

Pine Rest pinerest.org (They also have services other than hospitalization such as case management, therapy etc.)

Recovery Academy recoveryacademy.net

Unlimited Alternatives unlimitedalternatives.org

Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan benice.org

The Anxiety Resource Center anxietyresourcecenter.org

Our NAMI Board Members:

Officers:

Our President is Tom Dooley.

Our Vice President is Denise Koeper.

Our Recording Secretary is Carol Snyder.

Our Treasurer is John Hollander.

Our Corresponding Secretary is Betty Walker.

Members:

Our Membership Chairperson is Stephen Squire

Our Newsletter Producer is Kay Zeaman

Our NAMI Walk Organizer is Pamela Squire

John Walker

Mel Snyder as Trustee

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A Reminder about Dues

Mailing Label / Update on Your Membership__________________________

The bottom line on your mailing label tells you when to renew.

You can renew your membership or become a member by going to http://nami.org

If you receive your newsletter electronically, you can find your expiration date by going to the website.

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Family Support Group in Grand Haven at 714 Columbus is held the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. If you have a question contact Tom Dooley at tfdooley@gmail.com

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DBSA (Depression/Bipolar Support Alliance) of Kent County (formerly PUSHH), a support group for persons with a depressive illness, and their families meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1700 Woodward, S.E. (one block south of the old Metropolitan Hospital). For more information see dbsagr.org or Kristin Finn’s website, kristinfinn.com.

Anxiety Disorders Support Group

A weekly professionally-led support group for Anxiety Disorders (including trichotillomania and Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder).

Wednesdays 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m.

www.anxietyresourcecenter.org

312 Grandville Ave. Grand Rapids