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NAMI Family Support Group & Connections Recovery
Support Group Meet Tonight!

Wed, Aug 15th
6:30-8:00pm

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PLACE: Lourdes Counseling Center

1175 Carondelet Drive
Richland, WA 99352

Questions: email namitricities@gmail.com

Phone: 509-578-1190


 NO SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS ON WED, JULY 4th

 

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) Tri-Cities:

EDUCATIONAL FORUM & DISCUSSION

on

Mental Health Care for Minoritites

on

Tuesday, July 10th 

5:30pm Potluck Supper & Social Time

Chicken will be provided.  Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert to share if you like.

6:30-7:30pm  Program

  

Lourdes Counseling Center

Conference Room

1175 Carondelet Drive, Richland

 July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 when the U.S. House of Representatives designated July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in honor of the leading African American novelist and journalist, who also was a voice for individuals and families affected by mental Illness. She died in 2006.

Questions:   email namitricities@gmail.com  


NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS

TRI-CITIES

EDUCATIONAL FORUM

Tuesday, June 12th, 7-8:30 pm

at

Lourdes Counseling Center

Conference Room

1175 Carondelet Drive, Richland

Presents

Mental Health and Suicide

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)

https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Related-Conditions/Risk-of-Suicide

Questions:   email namitricities@gmail.com  phone:  509-578-1190





The NAMI Tri-Cities Support Groups for families and for
those living with a mental health condition will meet on
Wednesdays, June 6th & June 20th from 6:30-8pm at
Lourdes Counseling Center in Richland.

BENEFITS of PEER SUPPORT GROUPS

SHARED EXPERIENCE
The sense of shared experience is worth participating in the support group. When you meet with others who are dealing with mental illness, who have endured the same struggle, you are encouraged. You discover your issues are not unique. Other people understand exactly what you’re going through. You’re one of a group, rather than one of a kind.

INFORMATION
The support groups are a source of information. Where else could you go to find pertinent information about mental illness? What’s more, if folks in the group don’t have the answers you seek, they’ll generally know where to direct you to get answers. Knowledge is power and support groups can help equip you with the knowledge you need to achieve your goals.

RELATIONSHIPS
One thing that often happens with support group participation is friendships–friendships that wouldn’t have begun for any other reason. These friendships can become rewarding relationships based upon shared conditions or experiences.

ACCOUNTABILITY
Without accountability, it’s easy to slide off your program. People who go it alone, often find themselves losing control and veering off course.
Support groups encourage progress.


https://www.curestigma.org

NAMI Support Group Meetings
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
CONNECTION RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUPO
Wed, May 16, 6:30-8pm
Lourdes Counseling Center

1175 Carondelet Drive, Richland
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Community Forum with Commissioner Shon Small
on Wed, MAY 23rd, 7pm
on the
Public Safety Sales Tax

In August, 2014, the citizens of Benton County approved a 3/10 of one percent sales and use tax that seeks to improve public safety including combating criminal gangs. This proposition would fund the hiring of additional police officers, corrections officers, and prosecutors; fund the Metro Drug Task Force and gang and crime prevention efforts; and fund court and clerk programs including seventh Superior Court Judge and drug and mental health courts.

Where We Have Been | Where We Are | Where We are Going

Please join us for Discussion and questions with Commissioner Shon Small

WHEN: Wednesday May 23, 2018
TIME: 7-8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
PLACE: Lourdes Counseling Center
Conference Room
1175 Carondelet Drive
Richland, WA 99352

Questions: email namitricities@gmail.com

phone: 509-578-1190


NAMI TRI-CITIES COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR MAY, MENTAL HEALTH MONTH 2018

https://www.curestigma.org/

LIBRARY DISPLAY
NAMI Tri-Cities has a display at the Richland Public Library.

Library Location:
955 Northgate Dr
Richland WA 99352
View a map

Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday
9:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday- Saturday
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday
1 – 5:00 PM

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MEETINGS – May 8th and May 23rd
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Tuesday, May 8th, 7-8:30 pm

“Peer Specialists: Who We are and What We Do”
Loni Kongslie, Substance Use Disorder Peer Counselor
Brenda Gould, Peer Counselor
Benito Florez, Peer Counselor
at
Lourdes Counseling Center
Conference Room
1175 Carondelet Drive
Richland, WA 99352

Washington State’s Peer Support Program has trained and qualified mental health consumers as Certified Peer Counselors since 2005. A “consumer” is someone who has applied for, is eligible for, or who has received mental health services. This also includes parents and legal guardians when they have a child under the age of 13, or a child 13 or older and they are involved in their treatment plan (WAC 388-865-0150).
Certified Peer Counselors work with their peers (adults and youth) and the parents of children receiving mental health services. They draw upon their experiences to help peers find hope and make progress toward recovery. Because of their own life experience, they are uniquely equipped to provide support, encouragement and resources to those with mental health challenges.
Questions: email namitricities@gmail.com phone: 509-578-1190

REFRESHMENTS ON US!
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Commissioner Shon Small Community Forum
on

Public Safety Sales Tax

In August, 2014, the citizens of Benton County approved a 3/10 of one percent sales and use tax that seeks to improve public safety including combating criminal gangs. This proposition would fund the hiring of additional police officers, corrections officers, and prosecutors; fund the Metro Drug Task Force and gang and crime prevention efforts; and fund court and clerk programs including seventh Superior Court Judge and drug and mental health courts.

Where We Have Been
Where We Are
Where We are Going

There will be opportunity for discussion & questions with Commissioner Shon Small.

WHEN: Wednesday May 23, 2018
TIME: 7-8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
PLACE: Lourdes Counseling Center
Conference Room
1175 Carondelet Drive
Richland, WA 99352

Questions: email namitricities@gmail.com
phone: 509-578-1190

Refreshments on Us!


https://www.curestigma.org/

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI)
TRI-CITIES EDUCATIONAL FORUM

Tuesday, May 8th, 7-8:30 pm
at
Lourdes Counseling Center
Conference Room
1175 Carondelet Drive
Richland, WA 99352

Presents
“Peer Specialists: Who We are and What We Do”
Lonnie Konsglie, Substance Use Disorder Peer Counselor
Benito Flourez, Peer Counselor

Washington State’s Peer Support Program has trained and qualified mental health consumers as Certified Peer Counselors since 2005. A “consumer” is someone who has applied for, is eligible for, or who has received mental health services. This also includes parents and legal guardians when they have a child under the age of 13, or a child 13 or older and they are involved in their treatment plan (WAC 388-865-0150).
Certified Peer Counselors work with their peers (adults and youth) and the parents of children receiving mental health services. They draw upon their experiences to help peers find hope and make progress toward recovery. Because of their own life experience, they are uniquely equipped to provide support, encouragement and resources to those with mental health challenges.
Questions: email namitricities@gmail.com phone: 509-578-1190

REFRESHMENTS ON US!


MAY 2018 MEETINGS

All Meetings Held
at

Lourdes Counseling Center
1175 Carondelet Drive, Richland, WA

NAMI Tri-Cities Educational Forum, 2nd Tuesday of each month
Tuesday, May 8th
Lourdes Counseling Center, Conference Room

MAY SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2nd & WEDNESDAY, MAY 16TH

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group
1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month
6:30 – 8:00PM
Lourdes Counseling Center, Room 67
1175 Carondelet Drive Richland, WA

NAMI Family Support Group
1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Lourdes Counseling Center, Conference Room
1175 Carondelet Drive Richland, WA



SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS

Wednesdays, JANUARY 3RD & 17TH
6:30 pm -8:00 pm
Lourdes Counseling Center
1175 Carondelet Drive, Richland

For People living with a Mental Health Condition:
CONNECTION SUPPORT GROUP
Room 67
More info click here: NAMI Connection

For People with a Loved One with a Mental Health Condition:
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
Conference Room
More info click here: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Family-Support-Group

Questions? Please email: namitricities@gmail.com Refreshments on Us!


SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS

Wednesday, DECEMBER 20TH

FREE DROP IN
6:30 pm -8:00 pm Lourdes Counseling Center
1175 Carondelet Drive, Richland


For People living with a Mental Health Condition:
CONNECTION SUPPORT GROUP
Room 67
More info click here: NAMI Connection

For People with a Loved One with a Mental Health Condition:
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
Conference Room
More info click here: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-Programs/NAMI-Family-Support-Group

Questions? Please email: namitricities@gmail.com Refreshments on Us!


Tuesday, December 12th 7-8:30 pm

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI)—-TRI-CITIES
Presents
“Surviving the Holidays”
by
Lisa Lovejoy – MA, LMHC, NCC

Lisa Lovejoy – MA, LMHC, NCC
Lisa is a counselor at Emmaus Counseling Center http://theemmauscenter.com/ . She has special training in Gottman Therapy (Marriage and couples) and in Critical Incident Debriefing and leads GriefShare and Surviving the Holidays seminars in the community. She previously worked at Lourdes Counseling Center.

Tuesday, December 12th 7-8:30 pm
at
Lourdes Counseling Center

Conference Room
1175 Carondelet Drive
Richland, WA 99352

Questions: email namitricities@gmail.com phone: 509-578-1190

Refreshments on Us!


Fall 2017 NAMI Signature Program Trainings

NAMI Washington Training Classes are offered at no-cost to those participating. Travel costs are the responsibility of the local affiliate and lodging, meals, and all training materials are provided by NAMI Washington.

Applications Due by: September 14, 2017

Kirkland: October 13-15, 2017

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is NAMI’s legislative advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family members transform their passion and lived experience into grassroots advocacy. The step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts will help make you a stronger mental health advocate. Participants often share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or make a clear “ask.” NAMI Smarts provides the tools to do just that. You will come out of the training confident and able to share your story in a way that moves policymakers, and with the skills to train members of your affiliate in the NAMI Smarts for Advocacy program. Applicants should have had some experience in legislative advocacy to be the most successful in this training.

Download Smarts Application

Kirkland: October 13-15, 2017

Application Due by:  October 2, 2017

NAMI Basics is a signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It focuses on the fundamentals of caring for the parent or caregiver, others in the family, and the child living with mental illness. Participants will learn the necessary skills to conduct a rigorous and effective 6-week course in your community. Topics covered in the training include recognizing mental illness as a continuing traumatic event for the child and the family; facing the emotional issues and objective burdens faced by family caregivers and others in the family; gaining confidence and stamina to foster family understanding and support; and empowering family caregivers as effective advocates for their children. 

Download Basics Application

Yakima: October 20-22, 2017

Application Due by:  October 13, 2017

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a peer-led recovery education course open to any person with a serious mental illness. The course emphasizes recovery from mental illness as a feasible, supportable goal and challenges the stigma often wrongly associated with mental illness.  Completing the NAMI Washington Peer to Peer training allows the Affiliates to bring this Peer-led Evidence Based Class to your local NAMI Community!  

Download Yakima Peer-to-Peer Application

 

Kirkland: November 11-12, 2017 

Application Due by:  October 30, 2017

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults. Groups are led by NAMI-trained Peer Facilitators. are peer-based mutual support groups that meet weekly for 90 minutes of safe, confidential personal sharing in a flexible group setting. Groups are open to any adult living with a mental illness or a psychiatric condition and willing in share with others confidentially in an atmosphere of respect, encouragement, and hope.

Download Connection Application

In The News: TriCities Advocates for the Mentally Ill

Jerry Hatcher Interim Sherrif May 8, 2017

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

#Into Mental Health: Inspired, Informed, Involved

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI)

TRI-CITIES

 Tuesday, May 9th 7-8:30 pm

 at

 Lourdes Counseling Center

Conference Room

1175 Carondelet Drive

Richland, WA 99352

presents

“Improving Services to Inmates with Mental Illness”

 by

Jerry Hatcher

Interim Sheriff, Benton County

  Questions:   email  namitricities@gmail.com 

phone:  509-396-7003

    May is mental health month. The National Alliance of Mental Illness Tri-Cities kicked off the month by celebrating the major impact advocate Norm Miller had on the community.

    Miller, a former NAMI board member, worked hard to bring better opportunities for those with mental illness.

    Today in his memory, NAMI Tri-Cities donated $5,500 to the Benton County Mental Health Court.

    “We just really appreciate Norm Miller, his widow, the whole community, the commissioners and everyone getting behind this and moving it forward for Read More

    Legislators who make important decisions receive much of their information about mental illness the same way the general public does: through the media. While members of Congress also have staffers to study the issues, they rely on constituents for information. That means you. The best way to inform the legislators and give them an accurate picture of the reality of mental illness is to share with them the stories of those whom have had personal experiences with mental illness.

    Why is it Read More

    Eighty percent of people with mental illness are unemployed, a statistic that says more about the lack of support for this group of people than it does about the economy, according to a new study.

    As in so many other areas of mental health, solutions to this problem exist, but simply aren’t utilized, says Mary Giliberti, executive director of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    “These statistics paint a pretty bleak picture,” she says. “We think we can do a lot Read More

    What will happen in the field of serious mental illness when human need, scientific progress and a major influx of funding converge? Scientists on Tuesday predicted that the world could see the same kind of progress in understanding schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that’s been seen in the last decade in the fight against cancer.

    That, in turn, could lead to better treatments, earlier diagnosis and more opportunities to head off the emergence of full-blown psychological illness in those at greatest risk.

    Such Read More

    Long-awaited improvements in insurance coverage for mental conditions and addictions are expected to become more widely available this year as a result of two major steps that the Obama administration has taken.

    The president’s signature Affordable Care Act includes mental health care and substance abuse treatment among its Read More

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