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Welcome to the website for the National Alliance on  

Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts  

  
 


 

2014 NAMI WALKATHON

MAY 18, 11AM- 3 PM

KING PHILIP'S STOCKADE/FOREST PARK

SPRINGFIELD, MA

 

On Sunday, May 18th, gather up your family and friends and come out and join NAMI-Western Mass. for our 14th annual Walkathon,

 

‘A Journey of Hope and Recovery’.

 

This year’s walk is going to be another fun and

festive event in support of those affected by mental illness. 

 

Walk flyer 2014 rev for web

 

 


 

CASTING CALL FOR GALA

 

BE A PART OF "THE FACES OF NAMI-WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS" MEDIA PROJECT

 

People living with mental illness and/or their family and friends are invited to be

 

photographed for this presentation which will be featured at the

October 4, 2014 Gala Dinner.

 

Those interested in participating should contact Sandy at 413-426-0907 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or Beth at 413-658-7200 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


 

 Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Proudly Sponsors: Its 1st Annual Mental Health

 

Educational Fair, Free and Open to the Public


 

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Gala Dinner

 

SAVE THE DATE - OCTOBER 4, 2014 !

 

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GALA DINNER KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KITTY DUKAKIS

 

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! Hope to see you there!

 


 

 

FREE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

 

Are you living with mental illness and looking for support from others who have lived experience with mental illness and recovery? NAMI-WM offers FREE Peer-to-Peer support groups in Agawam and Easthampton, the Westfield group is on hiatus. Our groups are not therapy groups; they offer hope and support through sharing one's own experience in a recovery environment. Individuals with any mental illness are welcome. Our support groups are run by trained NAMI Connections facilitators who use the guidelines of our successful national program. For schedules and more information, please call our office at (413) 786-9139 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit our support page for more information. 

 


 

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Family to Family Education Program - Knowledge is Power!

 

Mental Illness affects one in four people in the United States.  Families dealing with mental illnesses and brain disorders of a loved one, young or old, greatly benefit from peer education and support.

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts is pleased to offer a free 12-week Family to Family Education Program for family members, partners and friends of individuals with a range of mental illnesses including: Major Depression; Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression); Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder; Borderline Personality Disorder; Anxiety and Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Co-occurring Brain Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and more.

 

Our next class will be starting in the Fall in Northampton, more information coming. Pre-registration is required. Family to Family is a national education program that includes 12 weekly classes designed to help caregivers understand and support their loved ones with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. 

 

The course is facilitated by trained local NAMI family member volunteers who know what it's like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders.

 

You are not alone.  VETERAN FAMILIES WELCOME!  We can help.  

 

For more information please call us at:

 

NAMI-Western Mass Office: 413-786-9139

 

 


 

 

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We are thrilled to announce that in 2011, NAMI was included 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.

 

 


     
Based in Agawam, Massachusetts our volunteers, board members, and staff, are dedicated to spreading mental health awareness and various support and educational programs across Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. Our office, located at 324A Springfield Street, serves as a resource center for those affected by mental illness and their family and friends. Please stop by and visit with our staff and volunteers to discuss how we can help you or those you love. As one of two (out of 22) NAMI affiliates in Massachusetts with a full-time staffed office, we maintain a resource library, literature on various mental illnesses, and treatment options.

 

We welcome you to browse our website for events in the area, up to date legislative and news information, area resources and more.

 

Thank you,

 

Bernice Drumheller, President, NAMI-WM

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