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IRIS PROJECT 2014
Many, many thanks to our dedicated Iris Project volunteers!
We urge all NAMI members should watch the powerful video of
Patrick Kennedy speaking at the NAMI National Convention in September
2014 in Washington D.C. Please click here to view the video.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts
would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors and volunteers for helping make an extraordinary
“An Evening of Hope and Recovery”
The featured keynote speaker and mental health advocate former Massachusetts First Lady Kitty Dukakis and her husband, Michael, made it a star-studded event with their brilliance. We all celebrated with NAMI-WM for having been the voice on mental illness for the Pioneer Valley for over three decades. Achieving this great accomplishment, encourages us to continue our mission of improving the lives of those affected by mental illness.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our support page for more information.
Family to Family Education Program - Knowledge is Power!
Next class starts February 2015 in Holyoke!
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 February 2015 in Holyoke, 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
NAMI Basics - Parent and Child Learning
Parents and primary caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness have complex needs and getting the right diagnosis and treatment. as well as education and support, is critical for the entire family.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is proud to offer a six-week educationnal program taught by trained NAMI family members who have children with similar needs for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents living living with mental illness or who are experiencing symptoms of mental illness but have not been diagnosed. This program is of no cost to the public. This program allows families to connect with one another while learning about mental illness and provides information families want and need about their child.
For more information on when the next scheduled class will be, please contact:
NAMI-Western Mass Office: 413-786-9139
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.
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