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Allsup offers to donate to NAMI Southwestern Illinois

Allsup has generously offered to donate $1 to NAMI Southwestern Illinois for every individual that likes the Allsup Facebook page AND makes a comment on the Allsup page about Mental Health or NAMI. We suggest comments such as: Mental ... Health Matters because ______ or NAMI helps _________. Please like their page AND make a comment and share this with ALL of your Facebook friends to do the same. Allsup will donate up to $3,500 at the end of June, 2013 to the top organization this month! We need this to spread the word about NAMI! Your NAMI affiliate from Southwestern Illinois thanks you!

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Race for Recovery • Walk for Awareness

Please join us for our 10th Annual Mental Health Walk for Awareness • Race for Recovery event at Gateway Grizzlies Ball Park in Sauget, IL. The Walk/Race will start outside the stadium and end by crossing over HOME PLATE!

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013


New Assistant Director • Jessica Gruneich

Jessica was recently approved by NAMI Southwestern Illinois Executive Committee to be our new Assistant Director.

PIAT South Conference • Youth Move Conference 2013

Nearly two hundred people attended the Piecing It All Together Conference on March 1st and 2nd at SIU Edwardsville. This conference, sponsored by NAMI, is a great resource for families, professionals, and school and community members. Read more about the PIAT Conference on page 3 of the April-May 2013 Newsletter.

For the first time this year, a youth track was provided by Youth Move Illinois, with presenters from across Illinois, including NAMI-SWI board members Jennifer Gerlach and Beverly Watkins, and NAMI-SWI member Matt Gauen.Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

At the Youth Move Illinois Conference, skills were taught in various breakout sessions over the course of two days by guest speakers from all walks of life. The presenters covered such topics and issues as: strategic sharing, personal identity, mental health first aid, leadership and life skills, youth leadership, disability support services, challenges as strengths, social media advocacy, lifesavers: suicide prevention, balancing healthy lifestyles, overcoming trauma and expression through music. Read more about the Youth Move Conference on page 8 of the April-May 2013 Newsletter.

April-May Newsletter