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NAMI-Mississippi 2618 Southerland Street 1 Jackson, MS 39216 (601) 899-9058 (800) 357 0388 Fax: (601) 956-6308 www.namims.org Letter from the President of the Board NAMI Central Mississippi NAMI Pinebelt NAMI Vicksburg NAMI Meridian NAMI Oxford Outreach Partnership Corner The VA Corner Member Updates Special Activities The Education Corner Calendar of Events NAMIWalks & Highlights Affiliate & Support Contacts

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BOARD MEMBERS Brett Mayfield, Board President Gloria Mwase, Vice President Patricia Battle, Treasurer Harriette Mastin, Secretary Christiane Williams, At Large Marcus Ginn, At Large Jesse Coppenbarger, At Large Jim Hornbeck, At Large Thomas Carson, Consumer Council Sharon Turner-Davis, At Large Joseph Kinnan, Representative Lynn Gilbert, Representative Hanne Gaycken, At Large Auvergne Williams, At Large STATE OFFICERS Tameka Tobias Smith, Executive Director Kawanna Jenkins, Education Coordinator Sitaniel Wimberly, Walk Manager/Program Director Neal McMillan, Interim Account Manager Jamie Kurlej Community Outreach Manager Julia Willcoxon , Youth Outreach Specialist Katie Bradley, Youth Outreach Specialist Intern Luke Norton—Public Policy Intern

AFFILIATES Central Mississippi Gulf Coast Hattiesburg Vicksburg Meridian Oxford Yazoo City NAMI On Campus Jackson State University USM Gulf Park Millsaps College (Developing) The NAMI Mississippi newsletter is funded by donations from members and partners and is published to inform, educate, and strengthen the community of individuals and families affected by serious mental illness. The articles and opinions within are not necessarily those of the NAMI Mississippi organization. Content is not intended to endorse any political candidates, viewpoint, treatment, or medication.

FALL 2016 U. S. Department of Justice vs. Mississippi: NAMI Mississippi’s Response As many of you know, just a few weeks ago the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit against the State of Mississippi for failure to provide adequate community mental health services in our state under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The DOJ suit claims that citizens who struggle with mental illness and are not able to access community based care and treatment often end up being institutionalized or imprisoned. NAMI Mississippi responded immediately to the suit, supporting its goals which align very closely with our own—to improve access and quality of mental healthcare throughout our state. We also continue to support the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the caring professionals of that organization across Mississippi, as they strive to move the work of the agency towards more person -centered and community-based care. The DMH has been our partner as we serve those in our state living with mental illness and their families. However, in every organization, there is room for improvement, and we are working to ensure that the voices of our membership will be heard as NAMI Mississippi works with both the DOJ and the DMH to identify solutions to address the deepening needs of our citizens. We call upon the legislature to allocate greater funding to the DMH so that it will be able, in a strategic and responsible manner, to provide quality community based care in every part of our state. We call upon DMH to consider ways to better allocate the resources it already has towards this goal. Too many of our citizens who struggle with mental illness end up in state hospitals or even state prisons simply because they do not have adequate access to quality mental healthcare in their local communities. While we, as a state, work to improve our community based mental health programs, we also want to ensure that adequate facilities exist across our state that offer in-patient treatment to those facing mental health crises. Many of our citizens who desperately need in-patient psychiatric care simply can’t find it. Beds at private facilities are limited and can be expensive, space at state hospitals has been cut as budgets have been slashed, and too few nursing homes offer psychiatric services to our aging citizens. What side is NAMI Mississippi on? We are on the side of improving the quality of mental healthcare for all citizens of our state. We will work with the Department of Justice. We will work with the Department of Mental Health. We will work in our communities to provide support while simultaneously lobbying our legislature for the improvement and expansion of mental health services. As this case progresses over the next few months, NAMI Mississippi will be meeting with representatives of the DOJ and DMH to offer input, advice, and perspective. We may call upon those in our membership who would be willing to share their experiences and help identify areas for improvement and development. As an issue of public health, the press will likely continue to cover this case. If, based on your personal experiences, you choose to speak with the press, we encourage you to do so and to let us know that you have. Please be clear, however, that you speak for yourself. All official statements from NAMI MS about this case will originate from or be relayed through our Executive Director who will continue to act as our sole spokesperson on this issue. In the short term, we encourage you to talk to your local senators and representatives to the state legislature. Share your stories with them and encourage them to make mental health a priority in the 2017 legislative session. Advocacy is one of NAMI’s core tasks, but we can only be effective in that task when we mobilize and make sure that our elected officials hear our voices. For that, we need you. Call or email your legislator. If you need help in these efforts, contact our NAMI MS Public Policy and Advocacy Committee at advocacy@namims.org. Share your stories on social media and encourage others to do the same. Working together, as members of NAMI, and with our partners around the state, this lawsuit may just serve as a catalyst for positive change in our mental health system.


Letter From Incoming President Dear NAMI Members and Supporters: Over the last few weeks, Tameka and I have had the pleasure of visiting each of our state’s affiliate areas and spending time with so many of you. We’d heard about the wonderful work you are doing and are so encouraged to see the impact that NAMI affiliates are having around our state. Our citizens are fortunate that, despite limited funding and resources for mental health in Mississippi, there are people in our communities like you who have a personal stake in seeing your neighbors, friends, family members and communities come to realize full mental wellness. In Oxford, I was struck by the wonderful, welcoming attitudes of what must be an incredibly supportive community. In Vicksburg, we felt the sense of community and a passion for advocacy. In Meridian, our members are engaging in service projects and promoting (very successfully) a larger and more inclusive membership. In Yazoo City, our members are working tirelessly to serve the needs of its citizens at every level. In Hattiesburg, our affiliate is reaching out to the community and hosting events that bring people together. In Central Mississippi, we are working to build and expand our educational programs. Every affiliate is working diligently to meet the needs of our communities and our shared goal of a mentally healthier, happier, and more productive Mississippi.

As we continue to pursue our goals of support, education, and advocacy, we hope to move into new parts of our state and build other affiliates that can create supportive networks in their communities just as you have built them in yours. We hope to expand our organizational capacity by providing training so that we can add new teachers across the state to share strategies for managing and coping with mental illness and for supporting those we love who struggle with mental illness. We want to advocate—to our legislature, with our agency partners, in our schools, in our churches, and anywhere else where we can make our voices heard—for those who manage to live productive, meaningful lives despite their mental illness and for those who have yet to reach that balance.

As we pursue those goals, we call upon you, our membership, to step out and work with us. If you are not already actively involved in the work of your local affiliate, seek out ways to contribute. Consider your friends and family. Are there people at your work, in your school, at your community gatherings, or in your church who might need a little extra support? What opportunities does your local affiliate offer to provide that support through affiliate meetings, courses, and support communities? If you see a need that isn’t being met, talk to your affiliate leadership and help to organize a new program. We, at the state organization, are happy to help you in any way that we can to build and expand the services you offer.

As you continue to see the growth of your local programs and the impact you have on your neighborhoods, communities, and hometowns, we hope that many of you will embrace, with us, a vision for a more expansive state organization that can meet the needs of our citizens all around the state. We’re seeking to engage communities in the southwest part of the state, the Gulf Coast, the northeast and northwest corners, and anywhere else our fellow Mississippians might need support. Living with mental illness is stressful. Supporting a loved one who lives with mental illness is stressful. But simply becoming a part of a supportive community, as many of you have, can often alleviate that stress.

In a few months, we’ll be hosting a State Meeting, inviting all of our members to come together. We’ll talk about our vision for the coming year, share stories of both success and struggle, and be reminded of the importance of our work and the importance of supporting our partners around the state as we work to build a stronger, healthier Mississippi, free of stigma and fear, where those who struggle with mental illness are treated with compassion and care.

Keep a watch for more information about the State Meeting and other ways you can support the building of healthier communities and a healthier Mississippi.

Sincerely, Brett Mayfield, Board President

NAMI Mississippi


.NAMI Central Mississippi Programs Connection Groups (A support community for those living with mental illness)* Every Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Cups in the Quarter (Lakeland Drive)

Every Thursday (except last of the month) at 5:30 p.m.

Hinds Behavioral Health Boardroom

Family Support Group (A support community for family members and caregivers)* 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m.

St. Dominic’s Hospital (Conference Room 1)

*If you are participating for the first time in one of these groups, we encourage you to double check with us about specific times and locations as they may vary depending on the needs of the group. Monthly Affiliate Meeting November Meeting “Navigating the Community Mental Health System” with our guest speaker, Zandrea Ware, Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers Christ United Methodist Church Register for this event at www.bookwhen.com/namicentralms Join Our Team!! Good things are happening!! As we continue our efforts to meet the needs of those living in Central Mississippi, WE NEED YOU!! We need affiliate volunteers to serve in a variety of different capacities as we continue to build on our existing programs. If you would like to participate on our steering committee, help develop our courses and supports groups, aid in fundraising, or volunteer to teach or lead one of our programs (training provided), please email us at namicentralms@gmail.com. Keep In Touch To share your ideas, make us aware of community needs, sign up for our email alerts, or ask questions about current or future programs, feel free to contact us at namicentralms@gmail.com. We post events on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/namicentralms, so go to that page and click like to have NAMI Central Mississippi news added to your Facebook newsfeed. You can also sign up to receive text alerts by texting “@namicems” to 81010. Topics for Upcoming Affiliate Meetings December 13th

Faith and Mental Health

January 10th

Mental Health Advocacy

February 7th

Talking to Kids about Mental Health


We were delighted to have the NAMI-MS Executive Director, Tameka Smith, and NAMI-MS Board President, Brett Mayfield, join us at our August meeting to share ideas and learn more about our affiliate’s plans and activities. The meeting was very productive and enabled us to look ahead to better ways to present mental health education in the community.

Our affiliate continues to attack stigma through interaction with the community at large, as well as with specific agencies affecting the lives of people experiencing mental health crises. We were blessed to be a part of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) planning group that established CIT in Jones County this September. Many law enforcement officers from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and the Laurel Police Department became certified CIT officers. They are now better equipped to de-escalate people who are exhibiting signs of mental illness and insuring that they receive appropriate treatment, rather than incarceration. What a blessing! NAMI hopes to collaborate with all law enforcement and provider networks in the state who attempt to develop such CIT Programs.

In early September, our affiliate had three members attend the Sequential Mapping Intercept (SIMS) Conference in Hattiesburg. This event was designed to identify gaps in services for people who are arrested by law enforcement officers; thus, helping the people to receive mental health treatment if needed, and establishing programs to assist them to maintain a stable and meaningful lifestyle. More than sixty stakeholders attended the conference, including judges, corrections officials, mental health providers, hospital staff, attorneys, NAMI, and key law enforcement officers from throughout Forrest County. The working groups formed at the conference will continue to meet to “fill the gaps” in services; thus, improving the relationship between the community and law enforcement while addressing the need for better mental health care. SIMS was established through a federal grant obtained by Pinebelt Mental Healthcare Resources, the Region 12 Community Mental Health Center.

We continue to focus on the NAMI Walk, trying to obtain sponsors for our “Pinebelt Pacers” team. Thankfully, Region 12 will donate tee-shirts to our team again this year. Three new affiliate members (Stella Reed, David Reed, and Brandon Marshall) have collaborated to help our NAMI Walk efforts to flourish. Looking forward to November 5th in Jackson!!

We wish all of our sister affiliates a wonderful Thanksgiving and very meaningful moments throughout the December holiday and holy days’ celebrations. Let’s continue to count our blessings and re-dedicate ourselves to promoting positive mental health in the new year!

Submitted by Joe Kinnan, Ph.D.


Hello Everyone! Summer has gone, and NAMI Vicksburg has been working hard to keep up with many ongoing activities and opportunities. The election of new officers in April jumpstarted planning for the new fiscal year and the introduction of many new creative ideas such as quarterly birthday parties complete with food, cake, ice cream, gifts, and Bingo for our friends at the WYBH Group Home and the apartments at Wisconsin Cove! These parties have been so popular and have been eagerly requested. The affiliate also had a special invitation from the VWSD Special Ed Director Amy Deason for volunteers to participate in a summer camp reading to children. Another event in the planning is the showing of the movie Touched with Fire starring Katie Homes and Luke Kirby as two poets with bipolar disorder whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. If all goes well, a local theater will partner with NAMI Vicksburg in this fundraiser and help raise awareness, educate the public, and reduce stigma. What a great job our NAMI MS Youth Advisory Council did with their “Say It Out Loud” program they took across the state of MS on their summer road trip! They arrived in Vicksburg July 6 th, and a group of NAMI Vicksburg members met them at the library and enjoyed not only their presentation but a brainstorming session on how to get NAMI info into classrooms for students (health classes or presentations) and for teachers (in-service training.) It was exciting to get their creative input. NAMI Vicksburg was pleased to welcome Ms. Anitra Nichols, the Vicksburg Chapter president of AKA, to our July 26th affiliate meeting. She indicated that she would contact us soon with regard to other upcoming events in which AKA and NAMI Vicksburg could collaborate and was very receptive to our invitation for her group to join us for the NAMI Walk November 5 th. We also heard from another guest Linnie Wheeless about partnering with NAMI Vicksburg and other community agencies on a zumba class and “Walk in the Park” activities. The guest speaker for the July affiliate meeting was Ms. Amy Deason, SPED Director for the Vicksburg-Warren School District, who shared her love for her work with special needs children. At this same meeting, the Affiliate Advocacy Committee chair Bill Mounger gave a legislative update and shared the NAMI MS Public Policy Committee’s 2017 Priorities as follows: Expand access to quality mental health care; Address the mental health needs of veterans; Enhance children’s mental health systems; Provide supportive housing options for people with mental illness; Reduce number of individuals with mental illness who are engaged with juvenile and criminal justice systems; Support mental health caregivers. Two other affiliate advocacy issues currently underway are being led by individuals in the affiliate: one involves writing a letter to protest the use of an inappropriate word encouraging stigma in advertising an event; the second involves individuals helping someone with a disability access needed medical care, medications, food, disability income. Affiliate members were also advised of the NAMI Smarts Advocacy Training scheduled by NAMI MS for Sept. 10th. NAMI Classes that were offered for Fall included Peer-to-Peer, Family-to-Family, and BASICS. Unfortunately, only the Peer-to-Peer class had enough registrants to be taught. The affiliate will offer the other two classes again during the spring semester to see if interest has increased. New methods of outreach to advertise the classes will be considered . Other affiliate activities over the summer included the first-Friday Breakfasts at Shoney’s, quarterly birthday parties at Wisconsin Cove Apts. and the Warren-Yazoo Group Home, first-Tuesday monthly Family Support Group, and first-Wednesday Connection Support. One of the highlights of September was the “listening visit” and breakfast with NAMI MS Board President Brett Mayfield and Ex. Dir. Tameka Tobias-Smith. Members were very encouraged by this personal contact with the state office and are still talking about it. October brought with it “Mental Illness Awareness Week” and NAMI MS Week; the very successful NAMI Vicksburg Plant Sale at the Old Court House Museum Fall Festival on Oct 1st ; a new sponsorship recognition banner, donated by Bill and Denise Mounger, highlighting our NAMI Vicksburg sponsors and donors; and framed certificates to thank donors who have contributed cash or gifts in kind from $50 to $3,000.


Other affiliate activities over the summer included the first-Friday Breakfasts at Shoney’s, quarterly birthday parties at Wisconsin Cove Apts. and the Warren-Yazoo Group Home, first-Tuesday monthly Family Support Group, and first-Wednesday Connection Support. One of the highlights of September was the “listening visit” and breakfast with NAMI MS Board President Brett Mayfield and Ex. Dir. Tameka Tobias-Smith. Members were very encouraged by this personal contact with the state office and are still talking about it. October brought with it “Mental Illness Awareness Week” and NAMI MS Week; the very successful NAMI Vicksburg Plant Sale at the Old Court House Museum Fall Festival on Oct 1st ; a new sponsorship recognition banner, donated by Bill and Denise Mounger, highlighting our NAMI Vicksburg sponsors and donors; and framed certificates to thank donors who have contributed cash or gifts in kind from $50 to $3,000. A special Certificate of Appreciation was presented by NAMI Vicksburg Chair Elizabeth Cantrell to officials at Warren Yazoo Behavioral Health on October 11th for their eighteen plus years of collaboration with NAMI at both the state and local level. Attending the presentation in addition to the affiliate Chair were NAMI MS Executive Director Tameka Tobias-Smith, Mary Pope, Harriette Mastin, and Warren Yazoo officials Bobby Barton, Don Brown, Rick Vessell, and Leigh Cook. Another very important event during October is our NAMI Vicksburg Quarterly Affiliate meeting on Tuesday, the 25 th, at 6 p.m. in the Warren-Yazoo Behavioral Health Conference Rm., 3444 Wisconsin Ave. Our guest speaker will be counselor Ms. Stacey Waites, LCSW, speaking on mental wellness. Everyone is invited to attend and bring a friend. Upcoming events we will celebrate include our Facebook page; the NAMI WALK on Nov. 5th; the Alcorn Health Fair Nov. 9th; Veterans Day Luncheon Nov. 11th; birthday parties Nov. 11th & 12th; walking in the Vicksburg Christmas Parade Dec. 3rd with our large NAMI Vicksburg Banner and our NAMI Sponsors Banner, handing out candy canes and raising awareness (dessert social afterward); our annual Christmas Party Dec. 8th for Wisconsin Cove, Group Home, Warren-Yazoo staff, Merit River Region West staff, and all of our NAMI friends and family. Games, food, contests, door prizes, lots of fun! And we definitely do not want to forget to say “Thank you to our sponsors!” Warren Yazoo Behavioral Health LTD, McDonald’s, Merit River Region, United Cleaners, River Hills Bank, Blackburn Motor, Walmart, Lowe’s, The Tomato Place, People’s Drug Store, City of Vicksburg, Signs First, Home Depot, Callaway’s, Flower Center, King Solomon Baptist Church, Friends of NAMI Vicksburg

namivicksburg@gmail.com Submitted by: Harriette Mastin, Board Member and NAMI Vicksburg Affiliate Representative


Y'all, fall is here and that means football and tailgating! What better way to raise awareness and funds than to combine all four into a tailgate-themed raffle. Many area businesses and individuals came together to donate really nice items for our raffle. We sold tickets successfully for a month before the winner was picked by anchor Wade Phillips on WTOK-TV's morning news show, September 30. The winner, Renee Weiler of Lauderdale County, was enthralled and felt 'like a movie star' receiving so many nice prizes, including four tickets to the MSU vs. Arkansas game November 19. Mrs. Weiler will be attending the game with her MSU daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. Congratulations! In addition to selling tickets for the raffle, the Meridian Affiliate was movin' and groovin' in September. Brett Mayfield, NAMI Mississippi board president, visited us with enthusiasm and encouragement at our monthly meeting on the 6th. After an invitation from the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library, members of our affiliate partnered with Central Mississippi Residential Center in Newton and NFusionX of Meridian to provide a class on teen suicide, September 7, in recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and National Recovery Month. The library launched their new monthly awareness class on this date. And although there were zero guests who showed up, the Meridian Affiliate began a new partnership with the library. We held another presentation on suicide awareness, September 19, for adults. One person showed up. But that was one more than we had the first presentation! Stigma, secrecy, and shame may be the culprits of the low attendance. But this just proves that all of us, as NAMI members, must continue to put ourselves out there to help those we may never know we have helped. On September 10, NAMI Smarts class was attended along with the 2016 Trauma Informed Care Conference. Once again, the conference did not disappoint. The NAMI Walks 2016 supper was a true motivator as well. Back to September 19, NFusionX hosted Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor Chris Hines who spoke to a large audience about his life before and after his attempt at suicide. It was a moving and inspirational speech. Then on the 28th at East Mississippi Community College, famous baseball star Darryl Strawberry told his story of rags to riches to drug addiction, divorce, jail, a battle with cancer, then to a spiritual awakening. His success in life far exceeds anything he has done on the ball diamond. For October's Mental Illness Awareness Week, we held our annual Candlelight Vigil on the 4th where we recognized Alliance Health Center and Weems Community Mental Health Center as being superb partners with NAMI Meridian Affiliate. Jill Walsh was also recognized for her commitment to the affiliate, consumer programs, and the community. The Vigil then brought about awareness from the faith-based community that they can stand behind, love on, and pray for all who are affected by mental health challenges. Also, on October 18, we hosted our annual Mind Matters event which was a town hall-style meeting. The five-person panel consisted of Dr. Lin Hogan, Weems Community Mental Health Center; Daphne Bridges, Care Lodge in Meridian; Chief Ricardo Clayton, Meridian Public School District Campus Police; Margo Evans, CMRC in Newton; and Rev. Eugene Maurice Boger, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Meridian. The theme for the meeting was Face of Trauma:Violence. A small crowd was in attendance, again suggesting that the content scared people away ‌ but we need to have dialogues about this. On the positive side, The Meridian Star did a piece on the town hall meeting, placing the article on the front page of the next day's paper. Again, the Meridian Affiliate was contacted to promote the organization. This time by Ms. Jane Smith who hosts a radio show on a local a.m. station, WMOX. She requested that we come on the 50-minute talk show to inform the listening audience about NAMI, the Candlelight Vigil and the Mind Matters' event. Then a FOX 30 news reporter came to us wanting to help promote the town hall meeting.


I believe we are making leaps and bounds. Ms. Jane even invited us to come back again on November 3 to highlight the NAMI Walks 2016. Yes, the NAMIWalks 2016 is coming up. And co-captain Kathy Faust has been hard at it seeking donors and sponsors throughout the Meridian area. The affiliate is gearing up for a fun day in Jackson, November 5, 2016. Additionally, we are making plans for the Christmas Holiday Membership Meet and Greet, December 8. Since the first meet and greet earlier this year went so well, we decided to have another one – just a little more festive. For our Annual Service Project, we will once again be filling Christmas gift bags with treats, toiletries, and things to cherish for some who may otherwise receive nothing for Christmas. Affiliate members will have a little break to enjoy the Christmas season, but then will get moving on making plans for the CIT Appreciation Month celebration, February 23. Another Peer-to-Peer class is tentatively scheduled to begin in February 2017 at CMRC. And finally, a grant was written and presented to the Mental Health Association of Lauderdale County. Our affiliate was awarded monies from them to help us host trainings in Meridian during the spring for new facilitators in Family-to-Family, Family Support Group, etc. It truly is amazing how far we have come in a relatively short period of time. We hope this news encourages all the other affiliates, especially those that are just forming. Because our success as affiliates can far exceed our expectations. Keep pushing on. May you all have a great season of traditions, joys, peace, and love. Submitted by Jill Walsh, NAMI Meridian


SAY IT OUT LOUD During the month of July, the Affiliate Leadership Committee contacted local churches, medical personnel, and mental health clinics to inform them of the “Say It Out Loud” program, presented in Oxford on Thursday, July 21. We forwarded copies of the official flyer, posted them in public places, including the Baptist Memorial Hospital and churches, and urged recipients to publicize the event among their staff and appropriate clients and groups. Fourteen people attended the Say it Out Loud workshop on July 21. Hanne Gaycken met with the board of Holding Hands, a local second hand shop, which employs workers with mental illness to explain the NAMI Oxford Affiliate. NMRC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT In August, Hanne Gaycken and Lynn Gilbert conducted a series of three in service workshops on NAMI and mental health issues for the entire staff of the North Mississippi Regional Center (NMRC). Well over a hundred professional staff members participated and their evaluation forms were strongly positive. Each of the three workshops lasted three hours, included video clips, and focused on a range of issues in dealing with persons living with mental illnesses. FUNDRAISING The Affiliate formed TeamOxford, with Mary Harrington captain. We met several times to plan a local event and to participate in the NAMIWALK in Jackson. We selected an official team t-shirt and discussed fundraising ideas and activities. We will conduct a “March for Mental Health” on Sat. Oct 22 in downtown Oxford. Through personal contacts and the use of social media, TeamOxford stands out as a top fundraiser. We have more than doubled our original goal of $2500, raising $5430 to date. Three of our members appear online on the NAMIMSWALKS website as the top fundraisers in the state and we have received donations from more than sixteen states across the country. LISTENING SESSION Eleven members of the affiliate attended the “Listening Session” with Brett Mayfield, President of the State Board of NAMI, on Aug. 27. Brett introduced himself and laid out several state-level goals in the areas of membership, organization, and community partnerships. He stressed the importance of all members being engaged in the work of the affiliate and outlined the distinction between the affiliate and its support and educational programs. Members of the affiliate explained many of our local outreach efforts and service projects, especially the recent highly regarded staff development program just completed by Hanne Gaycken and Lynn Gilbert at the NMRC.


Listening Sessions Continued: Mayfield agreed that the state board would rotate their meeting places to include Oxford. He also indicated that the state board has approved NAMIOXFORD and forwarded our paperwork to the national office for final approval. He noted all those in attendance who had prior NAMI training and certification as teachers and trainers. He noted efforts to improve that process and changes coming in educational materials for the various programs NAMI offers. Marty Harrington announced substantial momentum toward our local fundraising team goals. The meeting closed with many comments on the helpfulness and value of the session. ONGOING PROGRAMS The Family-to-Family Support Group and the Connections Group remain stable and continue their regular meetings open to the public. UPDATE: NAMI OXFORD is now an Affiliate !


National Family Caregivers Month Take Care to Give Care November 2016 Each year, an army of volunteers works across the country to shine a light on the efforts of family caregivers. Many of CAN’s volunteers secure proclamations from their governor, mayor, representative, senator and others, recognizing and appreciating family caregivers. Every time an elected official issues a proclamation in support of National Family Caregivers Month, CAN will send a letter to the appropriate congressional delegation, recognizing both the volunteer and the elected official responsible for the proclamation. This will amplify their voices and keep the work of family caregivers in the spotlight. You can join the effort: Reach out to your elected officials. Together, our voices will ensure that the work of family caregivers is appreciated.

10 Tips for Family Caregivers Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone! Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often. Watch out for signs of depression and don't delay getting professional help when you need it. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one. Organize medical information so it's up to date and easy to find. Make sure legal documents are in order. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

12 Mobile Crisis Response Teams Mobile Crisis Response Teams provide community-based crisis services that deliver solution-focused and recoveryoriented behavioral health assessments and stabilization of crisis in the location where the individual is experiencing the crisis. Mobile Crisis Response Teams (MCeRTs) work hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, Chancery Judges and Clerks, and the Crisis Stabilization Units to ensure a seamless process. The teams ensure an individual has a follow-up appointment with their preferred provider and monitor the individual until the appointment takes place. MCeRTs are coordinated through the local Community Mental Health Centers. Please see below for Mobile Crisis Response Team contact information. Mobile Crisis Response Team Contact Numbers CMHC

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800-803-0245 McComb 601-248-2969 Natchez 601-446-6634

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866-497-0690 Warren 601-638-0031 Yazoo 662-746-5712

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Crisis Stabilization Units The role of the Crisis Stabilization Units in the regional system is to provide stabilization and treatment services to persons who are in psychiatric crisis. It is believed that many of these individuals with mental illness can be treated in the center and returned to the community without an inpatient admission to the state psychiatric hospital. The more quickly a person receives treatment, as opposed to being “held� without treatment, the less likely his or her condition will worsen. An individual can receive involuntary and voluntary treatment at a Crisis Stabilization Unit. In addition, after treatment an individual will already be connected with their local Community Mental Health Center. Corinth Crisis Stabilization Unit Phone: (662) 286-5469 Laurel Crisis Stabilization Unit Phone: (601) 426-7520 Batesville Crisis Stabilization Unit Phone: (662) 563-9176 Newton Crisis Stabilization Unit Phone: (601) 683-4300 Cleveland Crisis Stabilization Unit Phone: (662) 846-2620 Grenada Crisis Stabilization Unit Phone: (662) 227-3700 Brookhaven Crisis Stabilization Unit Phone: (601) 823-2300


CALLING ALL VETERANS!! Calling all Veterans! Calling all veterans from the North, South, East, and West! We, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Veterans and Military Council, NAMI-VMC, Mississippi, are calling all veterans to join us, the three charter members Joe Kinnan, Hattiesburg, (jekin@comcast.net)

Shirley D. Hedrick, Vicksburg, 601-

630.7777 (call or text), and Richard Raymond (richraymond0873@gmail.com), Jackson. We need your voice, military experience, expertise, skills, and abilities to be a part of the NAMI solution: Improving Lives. Our council is encouraging veterans throughout MS, to volunteer, learn, share, enlighten, educate, and empower other veterans, military, their families, and communities, as they team up and work together with us! Our council wants to establish a core group of veterans to act as a steering committee to promote effective outreach to veterans in the State. We strongly support the NAMI-MS’ mission which defines our fundamental purpose, philosophy, and values: improving the lives of persons with serious mental illness and their families. We work to accomplish our mission through Research, Education, Advocacy, Public Awareness, and Support – REAPS – Each one Reach one Teach one! NAMI offers membership with benefits and free education classes/programs that benefit veterans, military, their family members – spouses, partners, siblings, parents, etc. Some of these classes/programs include NAMI Homefront, Family to Family, NAMI Basics, Peer to Peer, and others. A few of the benefits with the membership include: a newsletter, annual state conference, public speaking engagements, presentations, and town hall meetings. One of the most notable and major activities is our annual fundraiser, the NAMI Walk. This year our Walk is 5 Nov 2016 in Jackson. We raise funds to inform and create awareness to help change perceptions about mental health conditions.


Be part of NAMI’s Support Network Access to FREE ‘Evidence-Based Practice’ Education Classes Access to FREE Support Groups for individuals and families Access to FREE recovery support Access to FREE education and facilitator trainings Regular news updates on national, state, and local mental health issues Stay INFORMED through our FREE quarterly newsletter and magazine The Advocate Annual Conference scholarship opportunities Networking opportunities Volunteer opportunities

Advocacy opportunities Be PART of a FAMILY ALSO: On the last Wednesday of every month, 130,000 NAMINow subscribers receive the latest news stories, blogs and upcoming events from NAMI.org. Subscribing is easy! If you are registered on NAMI.org, simply click “Edit My Subscriptions” on your myNAMI page and select NAMI Now from the subscriptions list. Don’t have a NAMI.org account? Go to www.nami.org/join to sign up and you’ll be automatically subscribed when you opt-in to receive email from NAMI.


Join us as we not only combat stigma but we work to make NAMI a household name. Good news! On April 22, 2015, The Governor signed House Bill No. 1171, Section 18 of the bill— beginning on page 57, provides for the production of personalized NAMI Mississippi tag. What’s Next? 300 tags must be presold before the Department of Revenue will begin production on our NAMI MS distinctive tag. When the Department receives the 300 applications, the appropriate fees ($31.00 per person), and a design provided by the organization and approved by the Department, the tag is sent for manufacturing. Next, the applicant is notified by the state office when his tag may be picked up at the tax collector in his county of residence. The tax collector’s offices will have a list provided by the Department of people who have already paid their fees and are entitled to one of the first 300 tags. The applicant should pick up his tag as soon as he is notified that the tag is available at the tax collector’s office. There is 60 days allowed from the time the organization is notified by the Department for the vehicle owner to pick up the license plate. If the applicant chooses to wait to pick up his tag, the special tag fee must be paid again at the time the special tag is picked up.

Interested in purchasing a tag? Contact stateoffice@namims.org or download your application at www.namims.org/


REMINDER Teachers, Facilitators and Presenters

Please attend the monthly 2016 Technical Assistance Calls: NAMI Education, Training and Peer Support Center Interested in becoming a Teacher, Facilitator or Trainer? Contact us at stateoffice@namims.org


CALENDAR OF EVENTS November 15-17: November: February 23:

Faith-based Summit Caregivers Awareness Month Legislative Meet and Greet


We appreciate each of you for your generosity:

Central Mississippi Residential Center Mississippi Baptist Health Systems Hinds Behavioral Health Services Wells Fargo & Company Mississippi Children's Home Service Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall Precise Clinical Research, Inc. Bettina Gaycken Margaret Wylde Kenneth Wooten Otsuka America Pharmaceutical. Inc. Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities Cenpatico The Pig & Pint The Manship Janssen Pharmaceutical Singing River Services Wise, Carter, Child & Caraway, P.A. Mississippi Railroad Association Raising Cane's Parlor Market Penn's Restaurant Table 100 Bundt Cake Flowood Kate Spade Cups Of The Quarter Massage Envy Village Concepts Hair Care Center Turkey Hill Tea Amerigroup Chick-fil-A Krispy Kreme Sal and Mookie's


NAMI Mississippi Affiliate & Support Group Contacts CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI Monthly Affiliate Meeting: Contact Brett Mayfield - 601-259-0522 www.facebook.com/namicentralms Capital Area Family Support Group Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Basement by Cafeteria of St. Dominic Hospital, Lower Level. Patricia Montgomery Capital Area Consumer Support Group Every Thursday at 1:30p.m.— 3:00pm, Cups on Lakeland Drive John McFadden—601-942-4943

Every Thursday (except last of the month) at 5:30 p.m. Hinds Behavioral Health Boardroom Monica Wolters OXFORD Oxford Family Support Group Meets the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at North MS Regional Center, Administration Bldg. Hwy 7 South Contact Hanne Gaycken 662 -234-9572 or 662-801-6530 Oxford Connection Consumer Support Group Meets Sundays 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Baptist Memorial Hospital Magnolia Room, Clarice Ivy, 662-801-2944. GULF COAST Family and Consumer Support Group TBA

VICKSBURG 1st Wednesday Monthly Connection Support Group – 2:00 p.m., Riv. Reg. West Small Conf. Rm. 1st Tuesday Monthly Family Support Group – 6 p.m., Riv. Reg. West, Large Conf. Rm. th 4 Tuesday Quarterly Affiliate Meeting (Jan., April, July, Oct.) – 6 p.m., Warren-Yazoo Conf. Rm. Contact Harriette Mastin - 601-630-9470 or Mary Pope 601-437-3156 Email: namivicksburg@gmail.com MERIDIAN Meridian Connection Consumer Support Group Meets Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Wesley House Community Center, 1520 8 th Avenue, Meridian, MS, Jill Walsh, 601-917-1474. YAZOO CITY Monthly Affiliate Meeting 1st Tuesday of Each month |Warren Yazoo Mental Health Yazoo City Parent & Family Support Group Meets Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Warren-Yazoo MHC Contact: Beverly Pettigrew - 662-571-3902 or Lashell Steward - 662-746 -5712




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