NAMI-Western Massachusetts is pleased to announce the election at our annual meeting, January 20 of Jennifer Higgins as Vice President. And to the new Board of Directors Cheryl Moynahan, David & Erin Callahan and Emanuel Brown. Their addition to the board will enable NAMI-Western Massachusetts to be an even bigger voice in Western Mass on Mental Health Issues.
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-Western Massachusetts offers FREE Peer-to-Peer support groups in Agawam; the Easthampton and Westfield groups are 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 Connection facilitators who use the guidelines of our successful national program. For schedules and more information, please call our office at (413) 786-9139, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our support page for more information.
Better Business Bureau
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 health issues 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 twenty-one NAMI affiliates in Massachusetts, 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.
Bernice Drumheller, President, NAMI-Western Massachusetts