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Our Area’s Voice on Mental Illness
With more than 1,100 affiliates nationwide, NAMI is America's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
The Question: What is CIT?
The Answer: You may need to come to the meeting.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Inside This Issue
Message from Mimi Road to Recovery Advocacy Calendar & Upcoming Events Volunteer Possibilities This & That Membership Application 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
CONTACT Training Building – 1520 22nd Street
Here’s a short quiz. Don’t peek and look at the answers. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. What does CIT stand for? Does NAMI Columbus participate in CIT training? How did CIT begin? How long is the training? What is covered in the training? How can CIT help NAMI Columbus members?
Education Meeting 6:00 PM
NAMI Columbus, P.O. Box 8581, Columbus, GA 31908 (706) 320-3755 Email: info@NAMICols.org ~~ www.nami.org/sites/NAMIColumbusGA
Board of Directors
Mimi Marlowe, President Kristine Walls, Vice President Doris Keene, Secretary Mimi Marlowe, Acting Treasurer Sue Knight Sue Marlowe Linda Peters Steve Scott Amy Zabel Perry Alexander, Advisor Buddy Coiner, Advisor David Wallace, Advisor
If you don’t know all the answers to these questions, then you probably need to come to the August education program because CIT is one of the most valuable programs conducted by NAMI Columbus. Everyone needs to be able to help others in our NAMI family and in the community when it comes to interactions with law enforcement. Knowing about CIT will help you do this. During this program, you will: • Hear about someone’s first-hand experience with law enforcement before there was a CIT program, • See and hear some re-enactments of actual CIT-type situations, • Learn what to do when you call 911 for help, and • Learn what to do when CIT officers arrive at the scene. Major Sam Cochran, the founder of CIT, says “CIT is more than just training; it’s changing hearts and minds.” So please join us and learn about CIT…one of the best things to come to the mental health system in a long, long time.
Georgia Crisis & Access Line
Single Point of Entry to access mental health, addictive disease and crisis services 24/7
Find answers to the quiz questions on page 7 of this newsletter.
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Message from Mimi
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. We all probably remember that quote from A Tale of Two Cities. What I didn’t remember was the rest of that quote. I looked it up recently and here is the total quote: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.” I want to remember that quote as I continue moving through my life’s journey. Sometimes the second part of each section of that quote - worst…foolishness…incredulity…Darkness…despair…nothing…the other way - is what I focus on when things aren’t going well. I want to remember to focus more on the first part of each section of that quote – best…wisdom…belief...Light…hope…everything…Heaven. Because more often than not, even when things look bleak, overall my life is very good. I sometimes just forget to remember. When I look at NAMI Columbus (and NAMI Georgia) I see a lot of wonderful things happening. We are providing more education classes (Family-to-Family and Peer-to-Peer) than ever before. Our support groups (NAMI Connection and Family Support Group) are drawing in more and more people who need help from those who have been on this journey to recovery longer than they have. We have the best CIT program in the state of Georgia (maybe even the nation). We are starting to get more volunteers to help with our NAMI Columbus mission. We have Faith Outreach which I truly believe will help us reach a tremendous number of people. And we are beginning to draw in people from the community that don’t have a specific problem with mental health but are willing to help NAMI Columbus do our good work. I want, no need, to remember that most of my life, both personal and NAMI, is good overall. When I stumble or things look really dark, or I feel really down, someone has been there to help me. And most of those people are from my NAMI family. How many can say that they have a second family, not biological but chosen, that treats them as well as my NAMI Columbus (and NAMI Georgia and its affiliates statewide) family does? I am truly blessed. And I am going to try to remember this. But I’ll need your help. If it ever sounds like I’ve forgotten, please remind me about this August 2010 Message from Mimi. Thank you.
~~ Mimi Marlowe, President
Roll out the wagons!!! Start beating the drums!!! Our 2010 Walk is coming up on September 18, 2010, in Atlanta. This is our sixth Walk and I want NAMI Columbus to be the affiliate who raises the most awareness about mental illness which in turn will help us raise the most money to help in our mission. What is that mission? It is simply to do something that will change the lives of those who benefit most from our mission. The NAMI Columbus mission is to eradicate stigma and improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. You might be asking yourself what you can do. Well, here are three things: 1. Become a Team Captain. You would be one of the walkers on your team and ask others (family, friends) to join your team as a walker and help raise money. We will help you be a successful team captain.
2. Be a walker. A walker is someone who: • Joins someone else’s team to help raise awareness by telling their story and asking family and friends to donate to NAMI. th • Goes to the Walk on the 18 and enjoys the fun, and food, and fellowship. • Chooses to walk, or not, the 3 kilometer trail at Tribbell Mill Park in Gwinnett County, Atlanta. It’s your choice. You can still come and enjoy the fun. 3. Find a sponsor for our walk. A sponsor is any individual or organization who contributes $250 or more. A sponsor can be your dentist, doctor, or dry cleaner. A sponsor will be listed on the NAMI Georgia Walk page. If you know of someone who might be a sponsor, gives us a call and we’ll work with you. We’ll even make a visit with you to make the “Ask.” NAMI Columbus has sponsor packets, Team Captain folders, and lots of experience signing up folks as a walker or team captain. If you’ll call us (706-320-3755) or email us (email@example.com), we’ll be there to walk (lol) you through the process and support you along the way.
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TO RECOVERY RECOVERY
NAMI Columbus C.A.R.E.S. Consumers Achieving Recovery thru Education & Support
Low Self-Esteem and Mental Illness: Part of the Package
There is a great website called HealthyPlace.com (http://www.healthyplace.com). We thought you might be interested in reading some of their articles. This week’s article is: Low Self-Esteem and Mental Illness: Part of the Package. Following is a teaser to entice you in checking out their site: Mental health research shows that depression goes hand-in-hand with mental illness. I’ll add another one to the list, low self-esteem. Several research studies refute claims that stigma is relatively inconsequential. In fact, studies suggest that stigma strongly influences the selfesteem of people who have mental illness. When, because you have a mental illness, you are repeatedly rejected as a friend, an employee, a neighbor, or an intimate partner and devalued as a person who is less trustworthy, less intelligent, and less competent, it’s difficult to feel good about yourself and the situation you find yourself in.
What is Anosognosia?
Anosognosia is the inability to recognize that one has an illness. It is caused by damage to specific parts of the brain, especially the right hemisphere. It affects approximately 50 percent of individuals with schizophrenia and 40 percent of individuals with bipolar disorder. It is the single largest reason why individuals do not take their medications. After all, why would someone take medicine (especially with side effects) if they do not believe they are ill? To other people, a person’s psychiatric symptoms seem so obvious that it’s hard to believe the person is not aware he/she is ill. Impaired awareness of illness is the same thing as lack of insight. The term used by neurologists for impaired awareness of illness is anosognosia, which comes from the Greek word for disease (nosos) and knowledge (gnosis). It literally means “to not know a disease.” Anosognosia is different from “denial”. Denial is a psychological mechanism which we all use, more or less. Impaired awareness of illness, on the other hand, has a biological basis and is caused by damage to the brain, especially the right brain hemisphere. The specific brain areas which appear to be most involved are the frontal lobe and part of the parietal lobe. Studies reveal that a large percentage of persons with anosognosia improve their awareness with antipsychotic treatment. (From Treatment Advocacy Center website (www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org)
More on Anosognosia: The Treatment Advocacy Center's workshop - "Confronting Anosognosia: How to Help
Those Who Don't Know They're Sick" - was a standing-room-only event at the 2010 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) convention July 1-3 in Washington DC. The panel featured Xavier Amador, MD, author of I Am Not Sick I Don't Need Help!, filmmaker Delaney Ruston, MD, and Jonathan Stanley, Treatment Advocacy Center board member and former staffer. A video excerpt of Dr. Amador's comments can be viewed in two parts online (Part 1 and Part 2). To watch the entire workshop online, visit Anosognosia Workshop (http://vimeo.com/13277920) July 3, 2010 (NAMI Conference) from Treatment Advocacy Center.
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Does the Language We Use Shape the Way We Think?
by Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, NAMI National
Thursday, July 29, 2010
“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. Recently, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has been hosting a discussion about the best language to use when talking about people living with mental illness. NAMI is also in the process of developing the NAMI language guide for our leaders and affiliates so that we can be certain that we are doing all we can to support a real-life experience of mental illness. Notably, there is not a complete agreement on what words are the best. So that we can move forward with finding the best language, let’s examine the history of language as related to our movement. One thing is for certain: as writer Casey Miller wrote, “All language reflects the prejudices of the society in which it evolved.” Thus we can look back at the era in which people living with mental illness were described as “patients” and see that—with few real treatments and little understanding of the biological nature of mental illness—all one could do was patiently wait for one’s symptoms to improve. The word “consumer” grew out of the individuals’ recovery movement. It was chosen by many advocates because it implied an element of choice in the mental health services used by people living with mental illness. Interestingly, this is the term that produced the most negative reaction in most (but not all) of the respondents to the recent SAMHSA articles. Tell NAMI what you think about the language we use to express the issues affecting our community
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Join the NAMI Language Forum (go to www.nami.org.)
Sign up for StigmaBusters, the NAMI newsletter that explores the images and messages that (mis)represent mental illness in the media
We object so strongly to some words because they point to realities we find objectionable. Language is the bridge between how we want to be thought of and what we want done about it. Most of us can agree that we want people to understand mental illness as an illness like any other while also helping them understand the realities and the impact that mental illness has on us as individuals and as families. How does our language express both the challenges and the reality of our personal experience? What language can we use to get us there? NAMI’s goal is to find transparent, inclusive language that will be the bridge between the idea and the reality of the world we want for people living with mental illness. This, along with SAMHSA’s efforts, will help us define the way America understands mental illness.
To find out more about SAMHSA’s studies, or people’s responses to the term consumer, go to http://blog.nami.org/ and then click on the blue-highlighted portions of this article.
Advocacy takes many roads. One road is to the federal and state lawmaking bodies. Another is treatment advocacy. If you don’t know about the Treatment Advocacy Center, check it out at http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/.
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Upcoming NAMI Events
August 2010 16 Monthly Education Program – Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training 19 Georgia Behavior Health Caucus, 1:30pm, Mezzanine Level, Capitol Bldg, Atlanta. 23-27 Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office CIT September 2010 9 Faith-based Family-to-Family – Week 1 (Ends 11-18) ** 14 Family-to-Family – Week 1 (Ends 11-23) 13-17 Columbus State University CIT 18 NAMI Georgia Walk 2010, Atlanta 19 Peer-to-Peer – Week 1 (Ends 11-21) 20 Monthly Education Program – NAMI’s In Our Own Voice Program 30 5th Annual Georgia CIT Awards Banquet November 2010 14-20 Mental Health Wellness Week 15 Monthly Education Program 15-19 Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office CIT 20 National Survivors of Suicide Day
October 2010 3 -9 MIAW (MI Awareness Week) 4-8 Columbus Police Dept. CIT 18 Monthly Education Program – Meet the Candidates 30 NAMI Cols Semi-annual Yard Sale
Every Monday night, 6:00-7:30 pm Family/Friend and NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups Every Saturday 1:00-2:30 pm NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Meeting Location: • NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups meets at The Bradley Center’s Multipurpose Room (use 22nd Street Parking Lot) • Family/Friend Support Group meets at the CONTACT Training Building, 1520 22nd Street
** The content is the same but the course is held in a local church.
What’s coming up that we want to highlight…
• 2010 NAMI Georgia Walk is coming up on Saturday, September 18. Please put that date on your calendar as an event you must participate in and show that you support raising awareness about mental illness. Awareness will help bust the huge stigma that surrounds this biological illness and also raise funds for the important work we do. Change in Mental Health Court (MHC) Graduation Dates – MHC graduation ceremonies are usually held the second Monday in the middle month of each quarter. We originally had listed graduation ceremonies for August 9 and November 9. Because the anticipated number of people to graduate has been different this year, we have rescheduled graduation ceremonies. The final ceremony for 2010 will be Monday, October 4. This will be held at the Government Center, Plaza Level. We hope you will put this in your calendar and come to show your support for all of those who committed themselves to a rigorous program and met all the requirements. They are often unacknowledged for their efforts and we should let them know we are proud of their achievement.
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). We‘re working on plans for MIAW. Tuesday is the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding. Thursday is the National Depression Screening Day and Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day.
Peer Support “Warm Line” at 1-888-945-1414 (toll-free) The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network operates a state-funded, consumerdirected “warm line” for anyone struggling with mental health issues, 24 hours a day.
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We’re working diligently on matching NAMI Columbus needs to the interests of our volunteers. If you’re looking for new opportunities, come to this page each month. Think about it! What are you passionate about? What are you interested in? How can you connect to NAMI Columbus? What opportunities does NAMI Columbus have that would fulfill your need to give back to the organization that helped you in your time of crisis? If you see something that interests you, please contact us (706-320-3755 info@NAMICols.org).
Current NAMI Columbus Volunteer Opportunities
CIT Chef: We have a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training class almost every month from now until the end of the year. Sue has added a Lunch with a Consumer to our program and you can help. We feed the trainees while they listen to a consumer tell his/her story. It’s amazing the impact this has on the trainees’ understanding of and empathy for those affected by mental illness. Please call 706-320-3755 if you want to cook for the cause! NAMI Columbus Website Master: Imagine this. You are sitting at home, in your pj’s or realllllllly casual clothes, and still doing volunteer work for an organization you truly believe in. Such a volunteer position is available. We need someone who likes to work with a website and wants to help NAMI Columbus bring up a website that knocks the socks off people…and gives them timely, accurate and interesting information. If this is you, call the office. We have a potentially great website that is off line for the time being because it (sob) doesn’t have a master. Could this be you?
SPECIAL ONE-TIME VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE
We need everyone’s help advertising our upcoming Family-to-Family and Peer-to-Peer courses. One of the best places to advertise is in church bulletins but there are other places such as local service providers, a doctor’s office, etc. We’ve included information below for you to send to your house of worship or other local i organization to include in their bulletins as many weeks as possible between now and September 1. People need to know about our great work and you can help spread the word. (Cut and paste the following for inclusion in any bulletin/news article) Are you affected by mental illness and need information and support? The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Columbus is offering several free courses that will teach those with an illness (Peer-to-Peer program) or those caring for someone with an illness (Family-to-Family program) what is needed to cope more effectively. We have three classes scheduled: NAMI’s Faith-based Family-to-Family Education Program, a 12-week course for family members/caregivers, is scheduled to begin on Thursday, September 9, 2010, 6:30pm-9:00pm. This course will be held in a local church and incorporates God into the discussions. NAMI’s Family-to-Family Education Program, the same 12-week course for family members/caregivers and is secular in nature. This course is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 14, 6:30pm-9:00pm. Both courses have the same content and are taught by trained family members. NAMI Columbus Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education Program, a 10-week course for individuals diagnosed with a mental illness, is scheduled to begin on Sunday, September 19, 2010, 1:00pm-3:00pm. This course is led by two peer mentors who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness. All course materials are furnished at no cost to you. Reservations are required for each of these courses. Call 706-320-3755 or email email@example.com.
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THIS AND THAT
• Cleaning out your house and donating items
to NAMI Columbus for our October 30, 2010 yard sale. If you have unwanted items and can’t
keep them until October (particularly furniture), please call the NAMI Columbus office (706-320-3755) to make arrangements. We’ve already received some items. Thank you. • Using
engine. Yes, I’m still here. I know we can do better than 300 searches per month.
. • Jewel Norman, our Georgia Mental Health Ombudsman needs our help. She wants to know of anyone with a mental illness or co-occurring disorder that is kept 72 hours or longer or is kept in restraints or handcuffs. Call the office (706-320-3755). • Membership Directory. If you do not want to have your name/number included in the directory (which goes to members only), please call the NAMI Columbus office (706-320-3755) and let us know before August 15, 2010. If you want a copy of this directory, you need to make sure your dues are up-todate.
CIT Graduates, July 16, 2010
The What a Difference a Friend Makes Campaign launches Video and Essay Contest
SAMHSA and the Ad Council are pleased to announce the What a Difference a Friend Makes Contest Go to http://www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/contest/. If you have a great story of how you have been there for a friend through their recovery from a mental health problem, or how a friend has been there for you, we’d love to hear from you. Entries must be received by August 31, 2010; Winners will be announced September 15.
Have You Heard…
• • To our Faith-based Family-to-Family teachers (David Johnson, Tony Bankhead, and Jonathan Greene) for teaching the 14 graduates (August 3, 2010) of this lifechanging course. Well done! • NAMI Georgia is hosting another Behavioral Health Caucus coming up August 19 in Atlanta. Mimi & Sue are planning to go and can take a few more people with them. Reservations are required so please call 706-320-3755 if you’d like to attend this major advocacy event. The answers to the Quiz on p. 1 (How many did you get right?) 1. Crisis Intervention Team 2. Yes, in a big way. 3. The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program was developed in 1988 in response to a tragic incident in Memphis, TN. 4. CIT training is a 40-hour program. 5. Information is too lengthy to put here. Come to the meeting. 6. Instead of people with a mental illness going to jail as the first stop, they are more likely to be able to stay where they live or be taken for treatment.
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P.O. Box 8581, Columbus, GA 31908, (706) 320-3755 The Area’s Voice on Mental Illness
I want to support NAMI Columbus and NAMI’s mission.
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NAMI National, NAMI Georgia and NAMI Columbus are dedicated to eradicating stigma and improving the lives of persons with mental illnesses thereby also benefiting their friends, family and community. Catch the wave and be a part of change.
E-Mail (Please include so we can be green and email you our monthly newsletter.)
NAMI Columbus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Dues and donations are tax deductible. Your membership includes a subscription to our monthly newsletter, membership directory, and access to immediate news on advocacy, treatment and support issues from our national, state and local organizations. Please make checks payable to:
NAMI Columbus P.O. Box 8581 Columbus, Georgia 31908 You can also join safely online at www.nami.org/join ($35.00 by credit card).
Please check type of membership desired:
Do not include my name in the NAMI Columbus phone directory (for members only) Individual Membership $30 Dues Professional Membership $50 Dues (Individual and Professional Dues are for one year and are tax deductible.) $3 Open Door Membership (low income) I am not joining at this time, but I would like to make a contribution of $ ______________. (Thank you!!!)
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