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“Alice” was very concerned about her husband’s severe depression. He lost his job of 20 years, had no interest in things that used to be important to him, and wouldn’t eat; he slept most of the day and when he was awake he sat on the couch in the living room looking out the window. When “Alice” came into our Family-to-Family class she told her classmates how absolutely overwhelmed she felt. Everyone in the class had experienced similar situations with their own loved ones; Alice realized that other people really did understand what she was going through.
Using communication tools she learned in the class, Alice began speaking with her husband. At first he didn’t want to listen but one day he came into the NAMI Eastside office asking for help. The staff member that greeted him recognized his need to talk and she listened. She connected him with the facilitator of a support group for individuals with a mental illness who was able to assure him of ongoing understanding and support.
NAMI Eastside’s mission is to provide support, education and advocacy to people impacted by mental illness; one in four adults over the age of 18 experiences a mental illness in their lifetime. Serious mental illness costs the US $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year, a huge burden for businesses of all sizes. Our support groups, classes, children’s conference, educational forums and outreach let those affected know that they are not alone. People learn about the illnesses, symptoms, medication and side effects, ways to cope, communication skills, and about local community services.
We also advocate for changes in legislation that will improve access to services. Mental illness is the number one topic in the media these days; people are finally paying attention and recognizing the need to provide services to those in need. We want to continue to be part of the solution.
NAMI Eastside is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. All of our programs are FREE and open to all. NAMI Eastside provided services more than 4000 times in 2013.
We hope that you will consider becoming a sponsor or table captain at our NAMI Eastside first annual fundraising breakfast. Our theme is Restoring Lives and our keynote speaker is Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecutor. The breakfast will be held at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 10455 NE 8th Street, in Bellevue on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:30am – 9:00am. Our message is an important one; we need your help to get it out.
Please contact me at (425) 885-6264 or via email at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP #8 has been cancelled effective immediately. This group was meeting at the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church in Woodinville on the 2nd Monday of each month.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
A list of other family support groups can be found by clicking on our SUPPORT tab above.
An interview with Lora Inman, one of our forum speakers, on News4Jax
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ACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
There was a time in her darkest days of depression that doing something as simple as the dishes was an impossible feat.
But Lora Inman is a survivor.
She's battled depression, bipolar disorder and suicide attempts.
She heard the news Monday about country music star Mindy McCready and was overwhelmed with compassion and empathy.
"I lived with it most of my life, and there were many, many, many times that I thought, 'I can't do this, I can't take this kind of emotional pain anymore,'" Inman said.
The big concern for the mental health community is that McCready's highly publicized suicide will send an unwanted message.
Psychologist Terri Wall says high-profile suicides can be damaging to others who are struggling.
"They look at somebody who seems to have everything who killed themselves, and they think, 'Oh, well, if she couldn't be happy,'" said Wall, of St. Vincent's HealthCare. "But that's not necessarily true. Often the happiest people in the world are the ones who have the least. So I really encourage people to talk to somebody."
That's what worked for Inman. Each time before she followed through with a suicide attempt, she reached out.
Thanks to the right combination of treatment and drug and talk therapy, Inman's been healthy for eight years now and has even written a book about her experiences.
She's made it her life's work to counsel peers about living with mental illness and the suicidal thoughts that can come with it. She hopes people enduring a dark time in their own lives choose not to focus on McCready's path, but instead on the people who made the decision not to commit suicide.
"I'm so glad I didn't, because life is good now," Inman said.
There are numerous resources available, but if you need help you can start with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433).
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Save the Date: August 22nd, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Topic: Borderline Personality Disorder with Dr. John Oldham
Dr. Oldham will provide information on the latest research and treatment for BPD.
Friday adult conference calls with Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI’s medical director and a child and adolescent psychiatrist, take place on the fourth Friday of every month. The calls are toll free and are scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. E.T. To access the toll-free call, please dial 1-888-858-6021; access number 309918#.
NOTE: There will be no Children’s Ask the Doctor Call this month.
When: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5-7 P.M.
Where: Kestrel Vintners Winery, 19501 144th Ave NE Woodinville WA. (Wine District)
(see the map below)
Cost: $85 per person includes one glass of wine (or pop), canvas, painting, and donation to NAMI Eastside.
You don’t have to be an experienced painter to participate. Canvas, brushes, paints, aprons, music and step-by-step instruction are provided. You supply your sense of adventure, creativity and your love of wine, all the while supporting a great cause.
Come join us for an enjoyable evening. Invite family, friends and co-workers. Information on NAMI Eastside programs and services will be available.
Space is limited. Your payment in advance guarantees your spot.
On the NAMI Eastside website homepage, www.nami-eastside.org, click on “Donate” and then pay via PayPal or via credit card. Send a separate email to OfficeAdmin@nami-eastside.org to let us know so we can be on the lookout for your payment. You will receive a confirmation of your registration. Checks will also be accepted at the door if space is available.
International author, survivor of depression and mental health advocate &Lora Inman, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, mental
health advocate and renowned author
Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 7 PM - 9 PM
Location: Brightwater Center
22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA 98072
Graeme Cowan is Australia’s leading speaker and author in the area of mental health at work. He has worked with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. He is best known for his award-winning Back From The Brink book series. Graeme has interviewed hundreds of people including Lora Inman, who contributed to his book. To find out more information about Graeme and his book visit http://www.iambackfromthebrink.com/
Lora Inman is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, Mental Health Advocate and a long-time member of NAMI. Running Uphill is a personal memoir about the daily pain of living with depression and bipolar disorder. Running Uphill sheds light on both major depression and bipolar disorder from the perspective of one who has personally experienced both.
Graeme and Lora will share their stories and discuss proven strategies to help people overcome depression, how to build resilience and prevent relapse. Their books will be available for sale and signing.
Please join us at this FREE educational event. Open to the Public.
A donation of $5 is suggested.
*************************************************NAMI EASTSIDE: Our mission is to improve the quality of life of those affected by mental illness through advocacy, education and support.
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Family Support Group #5 is cancelled on this Thursday (July 24, 2014) only.
The next meeting will be on the 4th Thursday in August, 7:00-8:30 pm
Address: Washington Cathedral Church, 12300 Woodinville-Redmond Rd. NE, Redmond,
NEW Location: Room 5, upstairs in the lower sanctuary.