October 2011 Newsletter


Please Join Us for a Special Event During Mental Illness Awareness Week

We are honored to have Pete Earley, author of Crazy:  A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, as our keynote speaker. 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 illness. We are very excited to have such a celebrated author as our speaker. Mr. Earley has become one of the foremost advocates for the mentally ill particularly for those who have become entangled with the judicial system.

Saturday – Oct 8, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.  learn more

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SAVE THE DATE – Upcoming Events
Adrienne Brady in VERVE
Cooper Riis Tour

Recap – September Meeting
Recap – Booth at Hendersonville Arts Show

Election Nominees Sought – Please
consider serving – Your time and
talents are needed and valuable!

Church Worship Service for
Families with Mental Illness
Sunday – 10-16-11 – 4:00 p.m.
Trinity Presbyterian

Newsletter Coordinator – Donna
Lyerly, volunteer web designer/facilitator will
be coordinating the monthly newsletter. Send all
articles and announcements to


[column width=”55%” padding=”0″] SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Adrienne and a very small dedicated committee have worked tirelessly to bring together healthcare professionals, law enforcement, judicial professionals and elected officials to hear Pete Earley and to share ideas in hopes of creating a task force to address and begin to mend our broken system here in Henderson County and beyond. But the most important element missing is YOU and other families who are directly affected and for whom NAMI Four Seasons is hosting this event! To date we’ve had very little ticket sales from local families, and even more surprising from NAMI Four Seasons’ members.  If this subject is important to you, it’s important you come.  Your presence WILL make a difference – please bring a friend!

To learn more about the event and to purchase your tickets online please  select this link – tickets will be sold at the door, too. If you can’t make it due to prior obligations, please consider giving a donation to help defray the very large costs of the event.  Let’s show our appreciation and let’s spread the word about the wonderful work being done to advocate for the mentally ill and their families in our community.  ~  Donna Lyerly



SAVE THE DATE – Important Upcoming Events

Notice:  No educational meeting this month – please join us instead for the Pete Earley event.

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. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased online – doors open at 9:30 a.m. – event volunteers needed.

October 16 – Sunday – 4:00 p.m. – Worship service for NAMI families and friends at Trinity Presbyterian Church – OPEN TO ALL FAITHS – Will focus on the families of those afflicted with mental illness. Families tend to grieve for might have been and find it difficult to focus on the possibilities that remain for their loved one. Title of Sermon….Faith and Hope..You can not have one without the other. Call Joe Gernoske for more info. 828-697-5308.

October 19 – Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. – Cooper Riis Visit – For all members who are interested in visiting Cooper Riis and would like to take a tour of the rural campus at Mill Spring.  We will be meeting Wednesday October 19th at 10:00 a.m. and the tour will take approximately one hour. Please call 888-955-6264 or e-mail info@namifourseasons.org to sign up and to get carpooling information.

October 31 – Monday  – Nami Four Seasons will be hosting and promoting another Crisis Intervention Training class for law enforcement beginning October 31, 2011 and running through November 4, 2011. It will be held at Blue Ridge Community College. For more information, contact Elizabeth Burgess 828-225-2785 extension 2911. If leaving a voicemail message, be sure to mention CIT.


Adrienne Brady – Mamas vs. Mental Illness – Verve Magazine

Adrienne Brady

Hendersonville moms unite. This month, they’re hosting the award-winning author of Crazy.

by Beth Ellen . photo by Matt Rose

In 2008, Adrienne Brady, 63, had a startling thought: “If only I had known about this 15 years earlier, I truly believe that my son…would not be living on the streets.” Brady had just attended her first meeting of a Hendersonville chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Read the whole article at Verve…


Cooper Riis Tour

For all members who are interested in visiting Cooper Riis and would like to take a tour of the rural campus at Mill Spring.  The date is Wednesday October 19th at 10.00am and will take approximately one hour. Please call 888-955-6264 or e-mail info@namifourseasons.orgto sign up and to learn of carpooling information.


Recap of September Educational Meeting

Nodding heads and a few tears expressed the relief and gratitude felt among NAMI Four Seasons members at our September educational meeting.  Three Henderson County Sheriff”s officers certified in Crisis Intervention Training freely shared stories of how their new awareness and knowledge has changed peoples lives.  In a quickly passing hour and a half, these obviously caring men showed their interest in who we are and what our experiences have been with our mentally ill loved ones.  There is light at the end of tunnel!!!  Much thanks is owed to member Barbara Smith for the many hours she’s spent putting the Training together, selling the idea to our law enforcement agencies, and bringing us another great education meeting.

Recap of Booth Display at Hendersonville Arts Festival

October 1-2 – Hendersonville held their 52nd annual art show on Main. Adrienne Brady applied for display space and NAMI Four Seasons was granted a space free of charge as a Hendersonville non-profit. Thanks to Adrienne and the other volunteers who helped with booth setup and manning the booth. Adrienne reported positive feedback and good exposure. Many new brochures were handed out and a few new contacts have been added to our growing list of friends of NAMI.


“I didn’t know there was a NAMI group in this area.”

October Member Challenge:  Share your affiliation of NAMI Four Seasons with someone new. Spread the word so that others in need can learn about and benefit from our group.


Please send all articles and reports for the newsletter to Donna Lyerly @ newsletter@namifourseasons.org or use the contact form.

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