From the President's Corner …
NAMI SWI Volunteers
I continue to be amazed by and so very happy with the dedication of NAMI SWI volunteers. What other organization has volunteers with highly specialized training and really big hearts for the work they are doing? You guys rock, all I can say.
Provider Education Training
I had the privilege of being a participant in NAMI Provider Education training on March 4th and 5th with 15 other members of our NAMI family. Educating providers is near and dear to my heart. I know that many service providers still are not aware of what NAMI has to offer or how NAMI can help in their work. A huge thanks to our NAMI National trainers, Terry Brister and Suzanne Robinson. Our group was the first to experience the newest version of Provider training, and this will be acknowledged in Provider literature in the future.
NAMI National Convention
Matt Gauen and I will be doing poster presentations at the NAMI National Convention this summer. Matt will be introducing the NAMI Llama to a national audience, which is super exciting for him and for our affiliate. I will give a presentation on early intervention with young people with severe mental illness.
Our National Director, Vickey Gonzalez, is a very active “presence” on the national board, as well as on our local board. She has been a great help with re-affiliation and other projects recently. NAMI National is asking affiliates to go through a re-affiliation process by providing extensive documentation of our operations, policies, procedures, and compliance with governmental standards and regulations. Thanks so much, Vickey. Our Executive Director, Jessica Gruneich, and Associate Director, Marie Krysnoski, have been working hard on these projects as well. Thank you, ladies, for all you do.
Our “Glo Bingo” fundraising event will be on April 28th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland. It’s “bingo with a twist,” and will be an evening of great fun. Doors open at 5:00PM with bingo starting at 7:00PM.
2017 Annual Race/Walk
We are preparing for the Annual Mental Health Walk for Awareness • Race for Recovery to be held on May 13th at Grizzlies Stadium. Sponsorships are available at different levels of support. Remember that this is our main fundraiser. You can help by getting friends, coworkers, and others to register and/or sponsor. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and will be highlighted as we promote the Race/Walk and our theme of Tuning Out Stigma of mental illness.
Now for two big shout outs: to Vickey Gonzalez for assisting with Parents & Teachers as Allies in Sparta on Wednesday, March 15th and to Cara Emrich and Heather Harris who did an NAMI In Our Own Voice Presentation in Sparta in partnership with Human Service Center and the Randolph Country Mental Health Board.
A Great 2017!
I’m hoping to see all of you at our upcoming events. Keep up the good work and blessings to all.
March 16, 2017 NAMI SWI President, Beverley Watkins, Ph.D., LCSW