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Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts
The Open Mind Forum presents
A public lecture by Dr. Otto Wahl
Wed. November 20, 7:30 PM
Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Followed by a panel discussion and open community dialogue
The event is sponsored by MHC’s Office of the President and the Department of Psychology and Education
and by the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community.
People diagnosed with a mental illness often encounter misunderstanding, disrespect, and discrimination. Dr. Wahl will discuss the nature and consequences of these attitudes, focusing on how people with psychiatric disorders encounter or experience stigma, how they cope with and challenge it, and how mental health professionals and advocates are working to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Otto Wahl earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of Hartford. He has published and lectured extensively on stigma and media depictions of mental illness and is the author of two important books on the topic -Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness andTelling Is Risky Business.
NAMI-WM PRESENTS THEIR 3rd ANNUAL ART SHOW FEATURING:
ARTISTS LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
Opening Reception on February 5th
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
CHICOPEE PUBLIC LIBRARY
449 FRONT STREET
CHICOPEE, MA 01013
Call for Art Submissions:
Any person in the Western Massachusetts community who is living with a mental illness is encouraged to submit artwork for the 3rd Annual Art Show being held by NAMI-WM February, 2014. Any two dimensional art medium will be accepted. NAMI-WM reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of art submitted for public display.
· All images must be original and made by the artist.
· Must be a person with a mental illness.
· Must be 18 years or older.
· All artwork must be ready for hanging with wire on the back.
· Frame maximum: 18” x 24”
Art work drop off dates at the NAMI –WM office 324A Springfield Street, Agawam, MA. 01001
January 23rd -30th 2014 from 8:30 AM-3:00 PM.
NAMI-WM from 8:30 -3:00 PM Monday – Thursday (413) 786-9139.
Here’s your opportunity to become a trained NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher!
Friday, March 7th (9:30am) through Sunday, March 9th, 2014 (1:30pm), Framingham, MA
Registration required by February 28th, 2014
Our F2F course is taught by family members who have already taken a F2F course or attending one now.The F2F curriculum is designed to enable co-leaders who are not mental health professionals to conduct the classes.
The training is free and we provide all materials, meals and shared rooms free of charge. Teaching experience is not needed. Attendance is required for the entire training.
****Also looking for Bi-Lingual people to train in English and to teach a course Spanish****
SAVE THE DATE!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KITTY DUKAKIS
Next year, NAMI-WM will hold a special one time gala fundraiser dinner in celebration of over 30 years of service to the community. The gala will be held at Chez Josef in Agawam on Saturday, October 4, 2014. There will be a guest speaker, community awards, peer speeches, a multi-media presentation, a wonderful meal, musical entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. We want to recognize all of the work NAMI-WM does for people in our community affected by mental illness. Most of all, it will be a night to celebrate with peers and their loved ones, to recognize and celebrate their journeys to recovery. So save the date! See you next year!
FREE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
We are thrilled to announce that NAMI was included this year in a select list of charities that meet the Better Business Bureau’s “Wise Giving Alliance” standards and was featured with other charities in a full-page ad in USA Today on November 29, 2011. Along with our recent upgrade to a four-star rating (the highest score) from Charity Navigator, this is a wonderful testament to our efforts to be good stewards of donors’ dollars.
We welcome you to browse our website for events in the area, up to date legislative and news information, area resources and more.
Bernice Drumheller, President, NAMI-WM