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Dick Hansen • NAMI SWI Past President

Dick Hansen, a past president of NAMI Southwestern Illinois and our newsletter editor for many years, has passed away. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, January 20 at Laughlin-Richeson Funeral Home in Troy and from 9 to 10 am Monday, January 21 at St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Troy, Illinois. The funeral service will be held at 10 am on Monday, January 21 at St. Jerome Catholic Church and the burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Memorials may be made to St. Jerome Catholic Church. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

NAMI Statement: The President’s Mental Health Proposals

Arlington, Va. Jan. 16, 2013 - Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) issued the following statement about President Obama’s “Plan to Protect Children and Communities from Gun Violence,” released today:

“NAMI applauds the President’s plan for its significant provisions to strengthen and expand mental health services. The plan in fact reflects the thrust of many of NAMI’s recommendations that we offered Vice President Biden’s task force in the days immediately following the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. Out of tragedy, Americans today have an opportunity that probably comes only once in a generation. ” More…

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Memorial Service • Diane Marie Pisko

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, December 2, 2012 for NAMI SWI past president, Diane Pisko, who died November 16, 2012. Diane Pisko

As well as being a former President of NAMI SWI, Diane also founded the Madison County DBSA chapter, and served as its president for several years. Diane was well known for her advocacy for better treatment and services for mental health and was presented with the Susan Kniffel Award at the 2011 Consumer Conference.

Memorial Arrangements

  • When: Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • What: Food will be served. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to DBSA Madison county or the Humane Society.
  • Location: Pascal Hall Conference Room (Conference room ground B-East Wing) at Gateway Regional Medical Center, 2100 Madison Avenue, Granite City, Illinois
  • Directions and Map
    Enter at Hospital “Main Entrance”, turn left from the lobby, go all the way to the end of the hallway. The conference room is on the left. Signs will be posted.
    Driving directions:
    Once inside the Hospital: Gateway_InsideMap

Text, call, or e-mail me, Tod Jurke
  – Facilitator, Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).
  – 618-567-0986,