Suggestions Sent To Me About Advisory Committee: How About Ending Taxpayer Funded Hotline For Snow Anxiety? – Pete Earley

(8-30-17) The debate about patient consent that I’ve highlighted this week has spurred additional interest in the first meeting of the congressional mental health advisory committee scheduled for August 31, Thursday, here in Washington D.C. I’ve received emails from readers who have asked if involuntary commitment laws will be discussed. That’s highly unlikely because involuntaryClick to continue…

Source: Suggestions Sent To Me About Advisory Committee: How About Ending Taxpayer Funded Hotline For Snow Anxiety? – Pete Earley

Compartiendo Esperanza: Speaking With Latinos About Mental Health

 

Lack of information and misconceptions surrounding mental health issues prevent many members of the Latino community from getting the help and support they need. Compartiendo Esperanza is a bilingual 90-minute presentation that can help increase mental health awareness in Latino communities by addressing a number of important topics:

  • The signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression
  • How to talk about mental health and decrease stigma
  • An overview of recovery and how it’s possible
  • The types of mental health services and supports available, including NAMI education and support programs

What’s Included In The Presentation?

  • A presenter team made up of two individuals–a person living with a mental health condition and a family member of a person with a mental health condition.
  • A scripted 90-minute interactive dialogue centered on the presenters’ personal connections to mental health and journeys to recovery.
  • A bilingual handout for presentation audiences, There Is No Health Without Mental Health. This educational booklet provides mental health information through personal stories and highlights how and where to find help.
  • Detailed guides, checklists, practice sheets and other materials (available in English and Spanish) to help you make community connections and plan a successful presentation.

The tools and resources in Compartiendo Esperanza are all modifiable, so they can be adapted to fit your needs and resources.

How Do I Start Compartiendo Esperanza?

Compartiendo Esperanza requires you to reach out and build relationships in your community.

You must be directly involved with a NAMI State Organization or NAMI Affiliate to use these resources. Get started by downloading the Materials Release Form.

If you have any questions, please contact the NAMI Multicultural Action Center.

Get Involved | Sharing Hope: Speaking With African Americans About Mental Health

Lack of information and misconceptions surrounding mental health issues prevent many members of the African American community from getting the help and support they need. Sharing Hope is an hour-long presentation that can help increase mental health awareness in African American communities by addressing a number of important topics:

  • The signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression
  • How to talk about mental health and decrease stigma
  • An overview of recovery and how it’s possible
  • The types of mental health services and supports available, including NAMI education and support programs

What’s Included In The Presentation?

  • A presenter team made up of at least two individuals–a person living with a mental health condition and a family member of a person with a mental health condition.
  • A scripted 60-minute interactive dialogue centered on the presenters’ personal connections to mental health and journeys to recovery.
  • A handout for presentation audiences, Sharing Hope: An African American Guide to Mental Health. This educational booklet provides mental health information through personal stories and highlights how and where to find help.
  • Detailed checklists, practice sheets and other materials to help you make community connections and plan a successful presentation.

The tools and resources in Sharing Hope are all modifiable, so they can be adapted to fit your needs and resources.

How Do I Start Sharing Hope?

Sharing Hope requires you to reach out and build relationships in your community.

You must be directly involved with a NAMI State Organization or NAMI Affiliate to use these resources. Get started by downloading the materials release form.

If you have any questions, please contact the NAMI Multicultural Action Center.

Sharing Hope has been adapted for the Latino community. Click here to learn more about Compartiendo Esperanza, a fully bilingual adaptation of this initiative.

NAMI Connection | NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. The groups meet on a bi-weekly, weekly or monthly basis.

What You’ll Gain

By sharing your experiences in a safe and confidential setting, you gain hope and develop relationships. The group encourages empathy, productive discussion and a sense of community.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group will help you:

  • See the individual first, not the illness
  • Recognize that mental illnesses are medical illnesses that may have environmental triggers
  • Understand that mental illnesses are traumatic events
  • Aim for better coping skills
  • Find strength in sharing experiences
  • Reject stigma and not tolerate discrimination
  • Not judge anyone’s pain
  • Forgive ourselves and reject guilt
  • Embrace humor as healthy
  • Accept that we cannot solve every problem
  • Work for a better future in a realistic way

What People Are Saying

“NAMI Connection has enabled me to take a good look at my illness and see that I am not alone. The program has given me additional tools to not only accept my illness, but to help others along the way.”

“… People can solve problems [at a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group]. It isn’t just a bunch of sad stories; people are coming up with solutions and stuff to do for the next week. One of our group attendees is taking her meds and getting herself to her counselor and is just about able to go back to her career in great part due to Connection.”

Find A Support Group

Find the NAMI Connection support group nearest to you. If a support group isn’t available, contact your local NAMI about starting one.

The Spanish version of NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group, NAMI Conexión, is available in a limited number of states.

Source: NAMI Connection | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Find Support | NAMI Smarts For Advocacy

NAMI Smarts For Advocacy

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is designed as a series of three 1-2 hour workshops or modules or as a single full-day training that develop the following skills:

  • Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds
  • Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call
  • Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official

The unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience.

Participants routinely share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or made a clear “ask,” but with NAMI Smarts, they are now able to.

Lobbyists who represent NAMI State Organizations or mental health coalitions also love this program—they see participants come out confident and able to share their story in a way that moves policymakers.

Sign Up For A Training

Find the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy training nearest to you. If you do not see one listed near you, contact your local NAMI to find out when they are hosting their next training. If they don’t have one planned, ask them to plan one!

Source: Find Support | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Find Support | NAMI Peer-to-Peer

NAMI Peer-To-Peer

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery.

Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.

What You’ll Gain

This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and positive impact. You can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow. This is a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope for all people living with mental illness.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer helps you:

  • Create a personalized relapse prevention plan
  • Learn how to interact with health care providers
  • Develop confidence for making decisions and reducing stress
  • Stay up-to-date on mental health research
  • Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
  • Access practical resources on how to maintain your journey toward recovery

What People Are Saying

“NAMI Peer-to-Peer has allowed me to take the focus off my illness and learn to balance it with the rest of my life. By engaging in recovery I am able to be more relaxed and productive both at work and home.”

“It made me feel I was not alone in coping with mental illness. It gave me hope that I could recover and that my life would not always be filled with chaos, and it gave me positive role models to inspire me to strive for recuperation and success in life.”

Sign Up For A Class

Find the NAMI Peer-to-Peer class nearest to you. If a class isn’t available, contact your local NAMI about starting one.

The Spanish version of NAMI Peer-to-Peer, De Persona a Persona de NAMI, is available in a limited number of states.

Find Support |  NAMI Homefront: National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI Homefront

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.

What You’ll Gain

Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all people affected by mental illness. This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:

  • Manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
  • Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion
  • Identify and access federal, state and local services
  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
  • Understand current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

What People Are Saying

“You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”— Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA clinic

“We are still friends with everyone that was in the class. There’s always and open ear and an open heart and a shoulder to cry on if you need it.” — Father of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA hospital

Sign Up For A Class

Find the NAMI Homefront nearest to you. If a class isn’t available, contact your local NAMI about starting one.

Can’t make it to an in-person class? NAMI Homefront is now offered online! Online NAMI Homefront classes meet virtually, on a weekly basis, to complete the 6-session program.

New Homefront Online classes will begin September. Sign up below to be notified when registration and class schedules become available.

Source: Find Support | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Find Support | NAMI Basics

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or whom have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.

You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents.

The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

What You’ll Gain

At NAMI Basics, you’ll find out that you’re not alone. Recovery is a journey, and there is hope. The group setting of NAMI Basics provides mutual support and shared positive impact—you can experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation. You also can help others with your own experience.

NAMI Basics covers:

  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • How to take care of yourself and handle stress
  • Developing the confidence and stamina to support your child with compassion
  • Advocating for your child’s rights at school and in health care settings
  • Learning about current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Gaining an overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and supporting resources to help you navigate these systems
  • Understanding the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on your entire family

Sign Up For A Class

Find the NAMI Basics class nearest to you. If a class isn’t available, contact your local NAMI about starting one.

A Spanish-language version of NAMI Basics, Spanish as Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI, is available through some affiliates.

Source: Find Support | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness