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Important Messages

Executive Director
August 28, 2019
Green Ribbon

Hello to all of you NAMI SWI Newsletter readers …

First and foremost, I want to thank each of you for taking the time to prevue our newsletter. It serves as a great resource for catching up on important information about what is happening at NAMI SWI, as well as, the latest news in the field of mental health.

This is a good time to acknowledge our very gifted and overall wonderful editor of the newsletter; Sandy Giger. She has an amazing ability to synthesize a lot of information and lay it out concisely. She is creative and passionate about giving of her time and talent to NAMI SWI.

Thank you, Sandy, for all that you do for our organization. We are blessed to have you as an integral part of our NAMI SWI family …


August and September are proving to be very active months for NAMI SWI … to see some of the activities we have been involved in, please refer to the listing on page 8 of the October-November 2019 Issue of the Newsletter. What is so great, is that the spirit of passion and excitement is penetrating NAMI SWI. We are experiencing growth in all three areas of our work i.e., support, education and advocacy. We have more opportunities for training facilitators, expanding our support and educational groups, attending events and making presentations to better inform the public and reduce stigma.

Shedding light on the everyday darkness of mental illness

NAMI SWI is about “Shedding light on the everyday darkness of mental illness.” We are about helping people live with their illness and to achieve the level of stability and functionality that will lead them to a greater sense of self-efficacy. We all want to feel significant and capable: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Whoever or whatever your higher power may be, we cannot truly recover without living this prayer from AA. This prayer is the foundation of recovery.

If you are not currently an active member of NAMI SWI, come join our NAMI SWI family today. Become a part of giving back to others what you yourself crave; compassion, encouragement, acceptance and self-worth. You will discover the gratification that comes with sharing burdens and successes with others who know what you are going through. Please consider volunteering at one of our events, or becoming a facilitator for one of our many signature programs … or perhaps you would like to share some of your skills by spending time in our office, being a “mentee” in one of our support groups, or being an active part of our Board operations. If you are at all interested in having a positive experience in your life, give us a call, or shoot us an email, and we will welcome you with open arms … bye for now.

Until Next Time,
Kris Gamm-Smith, M. A.

Thank you to all board members, project leaders, members, and volunteers!!! Kris Gamm-Smith, M. A. ,