Archives for June 2016

Greener Pastures Initiative

Greetings NAMI Northsiders and Friends:
Greener Pastures lay ahead!
This month, we had a very special meeting in place of our normal education meeting.
As we reflect on the many positive things that we have
accomplished in recent years,
we know there is much more that can be done to support
individuals suffering with a mental illness, their families and caregivers.
Annually, NAMI Northside serves approximately 5000 people via our website
and makes over 2000 in-person contacts via our Support Groups,
education meetings, and education classes such as Family to Family.
Since 2013, we have sponsored an annual Mental Health Fair showcasing
services and advocacy for individuals suffering with mental illness.
Every October we sponsor a Team for NAMI Walks, a nationwide
fundraising and mental health awareness program, using the funds collected to finance
our many support programs.
For the near term, we will continue to enhance the services we currently provide and focus on some new and exciting services:
Creating a high quality Resource Directory, adding new classes and programs like NAMI Homefront serving Veterans suffering from a mental illness and their families, and increasing our level of advocacy.
For the longer term, we will focus on major new services such as
housing support and a clubhouse for our NAMI Northside community.
In order to meet the above goals, we are launching the “Greener Pastures
Initiative, designed to support the current state of services as well as provide new offerings and programs.
At our June 27th monthly education meeting, we will be presenting our future plans and
ideas for NAMI Northside and will be discussing the many opportunities for you,
the members of our NAMI family, to get involved and support the “Greener Pastures” Initiative.
Whether you have a little time or a lot of time to get involved, our NAMI family needs
you!
Together we can accomplish great things! GO GREEN!
Click HERE to get involved and complete a volunteer form.

College guide for students with psychiatric disabilities

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reported the following about college students:
  • 30% struggle with school work due to mental illness
  • 25% experience suicidal thoughts
  • 14% engage in reckless behavior
These shocking numbers moved the team at BestColleges.com to do more research about mental illness among students. We realized those struggling with mental illness contend with a true disability that requires the full support of their learning community. We published our College Guide for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities as a way to start a conversation about this issue. Our goal is to share this with as many students, families, and educators as possible.