August 2011 Newsletter

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Monthly Education Meeting
SAVE THE DATE – Upcoming Events

Family-to-Family Report
NAMIWalks! 2011 Report with Pictures
Board Report

[column width=”47%” padding=”0″] Your attendance and help is requested! Tomorrow evening, Thursday – August 4th @ 6:00pm there will be a short one hour meeting to learn how to effectively request and receive donations from supporters of the community, specifically to help underwrite our Mental Health Awareness Event in October.  The meeting will be conducted by Erica Allison.  To learn more and to get directions to her office please contact Adrienne Brady at 888-955-6264.  Please consider helping in this important event.



August  Educational Program

Saturday, August 20th – 10:15 – 12:00 – Pardee Education Center – Blue Ridge Mall
This month we will be showing a DVD about the ”real” John Nash, who was portrayed in the movie “A Beautiful Mind” by Russell Crowe. This is an hour long documentary called “A Brilliant Madness”. Often referred to as one of the most remarkable mathematicians in history, John Nash suffered a devastating breakdown at the age of thirty and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. John Nash tells his own version of the strange, tragic and inspiring events that took him on the long road from genius to immobilizing illness and finally to receiving the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994.

The July Education presentation with guest speaker Cynthia Schirmer a Hendersonville based lawyer was very well received. Her talk was extremely informative, with an extended  Q&A  session. The program committee plans to ask her to return, to speak in more depth about Trusts and Wills.


SAVE THE DATE – Important Upcoming Events

August  5-7 – Family-to-Family Teacher Training: (must have taken Family-to-Family course). The classes will be held in Greensboro. Please call Leslie for more information @ 828-984-0387.
August 9 – Board meeting at 4:30 pm. Visitors, possible new committee members are welcomed.
September 12 – Family-to-Family 12 week course begins.  Read about the class here.
September 30 – October 2 – Connections Facilitator Training – Asheville Area – contact Leslie for more information @ 828-984-0387
October – Cooper Riis Visit – For all members who were unable to attend our May 21st General Education Meeting and missed the presentation from Cooper Riis we would like to offer a chance to visit their rural campus, take a tour of the facility and enjoy lunch. More information in the September newsletter.
October 8 – Saturday – 10:00 a.m.
Please join us in celebrating Mental Illness Awareness Week, the first week in October.  We are honored to have Pete Earley, author of Crazy: A Fathers Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, as our keynote speaker. Beginning at 10am, at Blue Ridge Community College, we plan to use this opportunity to bring together a cross section of law enforcement officers, judicial representatives, mental health providers, elected officials, families and community members who are affected by mental health. Proceeds will benefit Crisis Intervention Training for police officers in our area.

Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased online at or mailed with a check to NAMI Four Seasons, PO Box 2108 Hendersonville, NC 28793-2108


Family-to-Family News

A landmark study on NAMI Family-to-Family Education was published in the current issue of Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association – released in June. A positive reinforcement for the program stating that it “significantly” improves coping with mental illness.

NAMI’s Family-to-Family program offers “concrete practical benefits” and demonstrates the value of free, community-based self-help programs as a “complement” to professional mental health services, the study noted. The classes combine an instructional curriculum with a support group environment.
“NAMI has long had confidence in Family-to-Family as a signature education program,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. “The study reinforces the position of family advocates. It is a signal to the medical profession.”

“Doctors and other mental health care workers are often unable to provide enough support to family members, even though families often play a critical role in the treatment and recovery of loved ones.”

The study coincides with the 20th anniversary of NAMI’s Family-to-Family program. An estimated 250,000 family members have taken the classes to date! Reserve your spot in our local Family-to-Family class starting September 12th.

NAMIWalks! 2011 Report

NAMI Four Seasons and 6th Avenue Clubhouse combined forces for  NAMI Walks !

Our team successfully raised a total of  $2,240.00 ! Kudos to all those who donated and particularly to those who walked. We joined more than 140 walkers from WNC on Aril 30th and enjoyed a beautiful spring day at Carrier Park in Asheville. Next year our goal should be to encourage more walkers who have not experienced mental illness themselves or within the family unit and truly raise awareness beyond the confines of personal experience.


Board Report

NAMI  Board Meeting Held July 12, 2011
  •  New NAMI brochures: Suggestions were made regarding lay-out, photos, etc for a new brochure.
  • Housing policy: Immediate need is for more members on the Housing Committee and to generate a housing application form. We have money in the bank to put to use!
  • The letter from NAMI-NC was read awarding our affiliate $750 for the Pete Earley program in October. A report will be due afterward in December regarding activities and accomplishments and other grant requirements we are required to fulfill.
  • Adrienne reported that the July 16th Education program had a good turn-out to hear the Disabilities Attorney, Cynthia Schirmer. She answered a goodly number of questions. She was pleased to know of our affiliate in her area.
  • Adrienne reported on the effort to raise donations toward the Pete Earley event. She announced a brief training date for Thursday evening,August 4 at 6pm.
  • The Finance committee is looking for an Accountant and some life insurance coverage.
  • Barbara stated that work is on-going to set Oct/Nov for the next CIT Training(Crisis Intervention) for Police.
  • Tuesday, August 9 is the next Board meeting at 4:30 pm. Visitors, possible new committee members are welcomed.


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