Annual Meeting & Potluck Feb 10, 2018

During our annual meeting, we will elect new board members and share our 2018 plans. You will be receiving a nomination form for board candidates soon. Members whose dues are up to date can nominate candidates and vote. If you are not yet a member of NAMI Northside, please consider joining!  Your dues are tax deductible and we value your input. 
Annual Meeting and Potluck
February 10th
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 Roswell Road, Buckhead
12:00-2:00
Room #2202
NAMI Northside is a nonprofit organization with the mission of serving individuals in our community who confront the challenges of mental illness in themselves or in a loved one. Everything we offer is free and would not be possible without the gifts, contributions and membership dues we receive. These funds enable us to offer free resources, education and support through our regularly scheduled weekly and monthly meetings; as well as our annual Mental Health Fair and Annual Meeting and Potluck.  The only fees associated with the benefits of membership are the annual dues.
If you are not yet a member, or if you have received a notice that your membership has lapsed, won’t you consider joining our efforts as we work to provide help, hope, and support to those impacted by mental illness?
Please click below to join! We look forward to welcoming you to our NAMI Family!  #youarenotalone 
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NAMI Basics Class begins Jan 11, 2018

 

Schizophrenia study still open

Individuals with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia are invited to participate in a paid online study about the side effects of atypical antipsychotic medications and the impact the side effects have on daily life.

The purpose of the study is to understand how specific adverse events due to treatment with atypical antipsychotics affect the functioning of patients with schizophrenia: both physically and mentally, as well as quality of life from a patient perspective. It will also serve to better understand how patients with schizophrenia feel in response to experiencing adverse events which have a functional impact on them. We are hopeful this information will help developers of such treatment become more aware of such impact from medications.

Patients who have started a new treatment within the past 12 months are invited to participate by clicking on the following link or copying it to the search bar.

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3561510/Med-Health

(This link is for United States residents only. If you live in Canada or Australia, please contact us for the link specific to your country.)

The honorarium is a $40 Amazon Gift Certificate and the survey takes about 10-30 minutes to complete. (The certificate will be mailed to a valid address of the participant.)

ALL information is strictly confidential. If one chooses to take a break and return to the survey later, it must be completed within 5 days of starting.

For questions about the study or if there is a technical difficulty, please contact Linda or Erin at PillarMentalHealth@gmail.com or call 908-698-1038.

 Sincerely,

Erin Pilkington

Pillar Patient Advocates LLC

….Supporting you on your healthcare journey

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PillarPatientAdvocates

NEW Resource Guide

We have been working very hard to develop a Community Resources and Family Guide on Mental Illness for our area!
We welcome your feedback.
RESOURCE GUIDE

Early Intervention for BPD

NAMI DeKalb Vigil May 19

American Adoption Congress Annual Conference

For Interested NAMI Members and Friends – If you have a personal interest in the world of adoption, foster care and assisted reproduction, or if you know of someone who has, please consider the following: 
The American Adoption Congress, which is a national association committed to adoption reform and promotion of honesty, openness and respect for family connections, is having its annual national conference at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead, Atlanta from Wednesday, April 5 through Saturday, April 8.  This is also a unique opportunity to learn about changing public policies and legislation being enacted nationwide for all adopted persons and their birth and adoptive families.  If you have an interest in registering, please go to the AAC website: www.americanadoptioncongress.org and click on the conference link.
Another opportunity to experience the conference is to attend the special presentation of Alison Larkin Live, who is an acclaimed comedienne, award winning audiobook narrator and the bestselling author of The English American autobiography about an English woman who finds her birth mother – and her self – in the U.S.  This occurs on Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m., April 6, at the same venue.  We are not positive at this time as to any cost to attend, but we are working with the conference chair to make this a successful and well-attended event for all to enjoy!  Stay tuned and let Bruce Kellogg, Member of the Board of Directors of NAMI Northside know if you are interested and have plans to attend.  You can email Bruce at bakellogg@att.net or call him at 770-833-6548.  Thank you.

VICTORY! Senate passes Mental Health Reform

If you happened to listen closely enough, you might have heard our cheering just outside of DC this afternoon as the Senate passed Mental Health Reform as part of H.R. 34 by a sweeping 94-5* vote.
What’s Next?
The White House has indicated that they will sign the bill. We do not currently have a timeline, but we will keep you informed.
 What’s in the bill?
NAMI’s bill summary and press release are attached. The full text of the bill can be found here.
 What can I do?
Spread the word to thank your Senators who voted YES, and tell President Obama to sign the bill. Please share the Facebook and Twitter posts below.
*Curious who voted NO?: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Facebook example:
VICTORY! Mental Health Reform passed the Senate by a vote of 94-5 on the 21st Century Cures bill.
Celebrate and thank your Senators! http://cqrcengage.com/nami/app/write-a-letter?2&engagementId=265153
Sample Tweet:
VICTORY! #MentalHealthReform passed the Senate by a vote of 94-5. Thank your Senators who voted YES! http://cqrcengage.com/nami/app/write-a-letter?2&engagementId=265153    

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Benefit Concert for NAMI on Nov 18

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Shopping Event benefitting NAMI!

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