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Mississippi WINTER 2019-2020 NAMIWalks

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Holiday Hello

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Affiliates p. 4

Day at the Capitol p. 8

Education p. 16


Mississippi 2618 Southerland Street Jackson, MS 39216 601-899-9058 • 800-357-0388 Fax: 601-956-6380 • namims.org


Executive Director Introduction 2 2020 State Conference 3 NAMI Pine Belt 4 NAMI Vicksburg 5 NAMI Central Mississippi 6 NAMI Coastal MS 6 NAMI Four Rivers (MS) Event 7 NAMI Meridian 8 Day at the Capitol 8 In Memoriam: Denika Poole 9 Meet the Staff 10-11 NAMIWalks Mississippi 2020 12-13 Holiday Hello 2020 14-15 Education 16 Calendar of Events • Support Groups 18 Membership 19 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brett Mayfield, President Mary Harrington, Vice President & Oxford Affiliate Representative Harriette Mastin, Secretary Marcus Ginn, Treasurer Sherry Bouldin, At Large Clinton Smith, At Large Christiane Williams, At Large Jesse Coppenbarger, At Large Sharon Turner-Davis, At Large Kim Brownlee, Pine Belt Affiliate Representative Patricia Battle, Meridian Affiliate Representative Auvergne Williams, Central MS Affiliate Representative Thomas Carson, Peer Leadership Council Representative Megan Hamm, Four Rivers MS Affiliate Representative STATE OFFICERS Sitaniel J. Wimbley, Executive Director Joy Amerson, Account Manager Kawanna Jenkins, Education Outreach Volunteer Claire Keil, Youth Engagement Specialist David Shumpert, Office Volunteer Latasha Willis, Community Engagement Specialist AFFILIATES Central Mississippi Four Rivers (MS) Pine Belt Vicksburg Meridian Oxford Coastal MS Tupelo (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.

NAMI Mississippi welcomes Sitaniel J. Wimbley as its new Executive Director. In this role, Sitaniel will continue to work with the NAMI Mississippi Board of Directors, affiliates, community partners and sponsors to improve the lives of persons living with mental illness as well as their families.


imbley received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and went on to obtain her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in 2006. Wimbley is very knowledgeable of NAMI Mississippi; she has served as Account Manager, Walk Manager, Program Director and Interim Executive Director. Over the last three years, Wimbley has gained extensive knowledge of NAMI and the mental health system. In her learning journey, she has also networked and promoted NAMI Mississippi in many meetings to gain valuable allies along the way. Mrs. Wimbley is devoted to applying her skills, experience, and knowledge to help NAMI Mississippi continue to grow and stop the stigma of mental illness.

Prior to NAMI Mississippi, Wimbley spent years in the banking industry, but she knew that was not her intended calling. Today, she helps to promote mental wellness all over the state of Mississippi. Mrs. Wimbley specializes in helping individuals living with a mental illness to overcome the stigma associated with mental illness. She is no stranger to mental illness and the stigma surrounding it as she was born to a mother who lives with bipolar schizophrenia. She considers herself a proud symbol of her mother’s determination to overcome the stigma. A native of Natchez, Sitaniel and her husband Jonathan reside in Brandon with their two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, helping her daughters in various extracurricular activities, and actively learning to practice self-care.

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reetings in 2020 to all NAMI members and friends! Our affiliate continues to set goals and foster programs to defeat stigma and to help people who struggle with mental health issues. We will meet on the last Tuesday of each month, sharing ideas and learning much from some outstanding guest speakers. We continue to foster progressive mental health programs such as Crisis Intervention Team Training, Behavioral Health Court, Mental Health First Aid, and other programs that have a positive impact on our Pine Belt community. We plan to have elected a new slate of officers by March 2020. We’re extremely grateful for the excellent service given by the previous executive committee: Debbie Dale, President; David Connell, Vice President; Caterina Ventura, Secretary; and Joe Kinnan, Treasurer. We are also very appreciative of the superb contributions by our NAMI Mississippi Board Representative, Kim Brownlee. We are grateful that the City of Hattiesburg has chosen to continue as a NAMI Mississippi sponsor. The city officials contribute many in-kind donations to our affiliate to help with NAMIWalks Pine Belt and other mental health programs. Unfortunately, the Walk scheduled for October 26, 2019 had to be canceled due to very bad weather. Our Walk teams and sponsors were quite understanding and donated funds that helped us closely approach our goal of $13,000. We received a major donation from the University of Mississippi Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity that once counted, may push us over the top! Special kudos to the NAMIWalks Pine Belt team, headed by Lauren Parker Toler. Well done! We are very pleased with the opportunities we have had to assist with the formation of the Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and the de-escalation training of numerous law enforcement officers throughout the Pine Belt. We present the NAMI perspective to each class. We have hosted a luncheon for the CIT officers on Feb. 5 and will host another on Feb. 27 to extend our appreciation for their great services. We are represented on the Planning and Advisory Board for the Pine Belt CIT programs. We are blessed by having

outstanding partners such as the Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources (PBMHR) Mental Health Center (Region 12). One of the most exciting programs in our state (in fact, in the world) is the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course. Our affiliate has sponsored MHFA classes in 2018 and 2019. We are committed to hosting more classes in 2020. We very much need volunteers to help arrange for speakers, select locations, sign up students, and procure refreshments. This year, as in the past, we had the honor of supporting the Christmas holiday parties for the participants in the Region 12 Mental Health Center AOT and PACT treatment programs. Both parties were great events. The Region 12 staff is outstanding in all respects. We are truly looking forward to the NAMI Mississippi State Conference on April 23-24. The agenda is always quite impressive, and we are encouraging our members to attend the events in Jackson. We intend to help with the registration fees for each of our affiliate members. As mentioned above, our affiliate has a general meeting on the last Tuesday of each month at the Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. We meet at 6:00 p.m. in one of the rooms off of the cafeteria. (You can call Joe at 601-550-8219 for directions.) Our first speakers this year will describe the ways that the Region 12 Mental Health Center assists people who have a mental health crisis. Our NAMI affiliate helps some of the people with their initial purchase of medications.

Our membership continues to grow in quantity and quality! Our membership continues to grow in quantity and quality! We do need volunteers for all of the above opportunities to serve. We especially encourage people to volunteer to be trained as facilitators of the NAMI Signature Programs. One of our most crucial needs is to develop facilitators for Family Support Groups. We often receive calls for help and seem to scramble to find assistance for people. A strong, wellestablished family support group is a must to foster healing and bright futures. Finally, it’s not too soon to look ahead to another successful NAMIWalks Pine Belt. This year’s walk is slated for Saturday, October 17 at Hattiesburg’s Kamper Park. We had an exceptional team of 12 people last year who spearheaded the event. We ask each member and/or friend of NAMI to consider assisting with this year’s Walk. Just let us know of your interest, and we will take it from there. :-) We’re privileged to be a part of the NAMI advocacy team in our state and nation. Indeed, we are companions on this exciting and meaningful journey! Let’s make this a banner year for combatting stigma and strengthening mental health in Mississippi. - Respectfully submitted by Joe Kinnan, Ph.D.

Mental Health First Aid class graduates in Hattiesburg at the YMCA.


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appy New Year! We can hardly believe 2020 is here, and my, how time flies! At the beginning of 2019, our affiliate was offered the opportunity to earn a $500 national grant. With hard work and the dedication of our affiliate members, this grant was successfully earned. Our affiliate received the $500 grant on January 6, 2020. Our affiliate members completed four Family and Friends presentations. Mary Pope and Jenny Drake led the April presentation at the Warren-Yazoo Mental Health Complex Conference Room. On November 14, Delores McGee and Jenny Drake conducted two sessions of the 90-minute Family & Friends presentation with the staff at Vicksburg Cooper Lighting, Eaton Plant. Also, as Family-to-Family State Trainers, our teachers will be traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to work as trainers with the Baton Rouge Family & Friends four-hour presentation. Upon completion of the recertification requirements for our new Family-toFamily manual, plans will also be ongoing to offer more Family & Friends classes in Vicksburg during the month of February. September 28, we held our first NAMIWalks Vicksburg. We are proud

to announce that the Vicksburg Affiliate achieved its 2019 goal to raise $5000. Thank you to Mayor George Flaggs, our emcee, Emmarie Anderson, and all our local sponsors and supporters. Without their donations, footwork, and prayers, this accomplishment would not have been possible. We also want to give a huge thank-you to our NAMIWalks chairperson, Delores McGee. Her leadership was phenomenal! October 22, Dr. Gloria Butler of Merit Health River Region was NAMI Vicksburg’s guest speaker in the conference room of the Warren-Yazoo Behavioral Health Conference Room. Her topic was “The Role of Mental Wellness in Physical Health.” Our affiliate holds quarterly presentations on topics of importance to the well-being of the public. The Affiliate’s awesome birthday parties for those celebrating birthdays in October, November and December were held for the fall quarter. Thanks to our affiliate members for their continued support. All those in attendance were delighted and a good time was had by all. December 5, we held our sixth annual Affiliate Christmas Party at the WarrenYazoo Behavioral Health Conference Room. Thanks to all members and friends who donated their time and provided gifts, food, games, decorations and

Christmas songs for all our guests. December 12, NAMI Vicksburg’s enthusiasm was on full display as our members represented the affiliate in the city’s annual Christmas Parade. A special thank you to Mary Pope and our Wisconsin Cove Apartments members for their participation. As you can see, we are a very active affiliate and plan to keep up the energy as we enter the 2020 year. January 28 was the most recent NAMI Vicksburg Affiliate Meeting. Our meeting was at 6:00 p.m. in the Warren-Yazoo Behavioral Health Complex Conference Room. The guest speaker was Dr. Casy McNemar, Supervisor at Warren-Yazoo Behavior Health System. His topic was “Crisis Services at Warren-Yazoo Behavioral Health.” Our Affiliate business meeting followed the presentation. At this time, we are busy organizing and scheduling classes for the spring and summer months. We scheduled a Family & Friends presentation in early February. With hard work and a lot of luck, we will set dates for a Family-to-Family eightweek course beginning in late March. A Peer-to-Peer class is scheduled for the spring as well. Hopefully there will be more to come. Please check out our Facebook page and our website. - Submitted by Jenny Drake NAMI Vicksburg Affiliate Member

Pictures from the Christmas party in December and NAMIWalks Vicksburg in December. COURTESY NAMI VICKSBURG



ur last affiliate meeting at Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson was held on September 23, 2019. The meeting was wonderfully facilitated by Debbie Dale, who has since moved to Louisiana. We truly miss her presence. Debbie provided home-cooked refreshments and shared her mental health story, which included poetry. Her story was heartfelt and memorable. The theme of the meeting was “Suicide Survivors Left Behind,” and the guest speaker for the meeting was Vickie Winslett, president and co-founder of Mississippi Alliance to End Suicide. Her detailed presentation was effective in sharing the importance of recognizing the signs of suicide and how to take action, Thanks so much, Vickie, for educating us. Special thanks to Galloway United Methodist Church for continuing to allow us to use your facility for our meetings. We also thank NAMI Central Mississippi members Jessica James, Dr. John McFadden, Monica Wolters and Latasha Willis for

lending a helping hand. Thanks to our Affiliate Representative Auvergne Williams for trusting us to hand over the reins so he could travel to attend his daughter’s wedding. Congratulations! On October 8, Latasha Willis gave a presentation about NAMI Mississippi at the Annie Thompson Jeffers Library in Bolton. Just prior to this presentation, Latasha was featured in an article that reporter Julie Whitehead has written about her mental health recovery journey for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. The article was republished in other papers, including the Clarion Ledger. During the presentation, Latasha summarized her history of mental illness, explained NAMI Mississippi’s programs and services, and gave tips on preventing mental health stigma. Special thanks to library branch manager Alfenette Robinson and the Jackson Hinds Library System for allowing Latasha to give the presentation this past fall. (Latasha is also the social media web services coordinator for the Jackson Hinds Library System.) We’re in the process of planning the next affiliate meeting for NAMI Central

Mississippi, which is tentatively slated for Tuesday, March 3 at Galloway United Methodist Church. Be sure to follow NAMI Central Mississippi on Facebook for updates. Also be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter. You can join our mailing list at bit.ly/ namicmlist. Wishing you a safe and prosperous 2020! - Submitted by: Latasha Willis, NAMI Central Mississippi Affiliate Member

Fron left to right: Debbie Dale and Vickie Winslett.


Congratulations to for successfully completing the process of becoming a nationallyrecognized NAMI Affiliate! The NAMI Coastal MS Affiliate covers Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River, Stone, George and Jackson counties. namims.org/coastalms • coastalms@namims.org • facebook.com/namicoastalms

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NAMI Affiliate for Southwest Mississippi

Suicide Awareness Forum Date: February 27, 2020 Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Place: Natchez Community Center 215 Franklin St, Natchez, MS

Shatter the Silence – Suicide: the Secret You Shouldn’t Keep Presentation by Ja’Quila Newsome, MS Department of Mental Health, addressing mental health, stigma related to mental illness, warning signs for suicide, what to do and not to do when someone has thoughts of suicide, and where to go for help or information. A Question and Answer period will follow with a professional and experienced panel. Hope is alive! Help is within reach!! Please share this flyer with others. There is no charge to attend.

Support Groups in Natchez Miss-Lou Suicide Survivors – 1st Monday of month, 6:30 pm, Grace United Methodist Church NAMI Family Support Group – 3rd Thursday of month 6-8 pm, Merit Hospital, Magnolia Room For more information contact Emily Fox, 662-801-8700, Arrick Rice, 601-951-0887 or the NAMI MS state office at (800) 357-0388. If you prefer to send an email, our affiliate email address is 4RiversMSNAMI@gmail.com.

8 ¡ NAMI MISSISSIPPI Enjoy these pictures from Mind Matters 2019: Fun Time with Super Heroes, which was held on October 12, 2019. The family-friendly event included face painting, treats and cool costumes. Affiliate Representative Jill Walsh appreciates your support!


Mental Health & Wellness

Day at the Capitol Personal stories/speakers will be in Room 216 (8:30-9:30 a.m.) Exhibitors will be in the hallways (8:00-10:30 a.m.)

Please wear green.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. Mississippi State Capitol 400 High St. Jackson, MS 39202 Rotunda | East and West Hallways

For more information, call 601-899-9058 or email stateoffice@namims.org

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In Memoriam:

Denika Poole NAMI Mississippi offers their sincerest condolences on the sudden passing of Denika Poole. Thank you, Denika, for your initial efforts to establish the NAMI Tupelo Affiliate, which is still under development. The members will continue to build the affiliate in your memory.


MEET THE STAFF We would like to introduce our new and returning state officers and volunteers.

State Officers

Joy Amerson

Elizabeth Claire Keil

Account Manager

State Youth Engagement Coordinator

Joy Brashears Amerson joined NAMI Mississippi as Account Manager in 2019. She graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Millsaps College with a Master of Business Administration. She has 20 years’ experience as an office manager working in her family’s businesses. As Account Manager, Joy is responsible for the following duties: accounts payable, bimonthly payroll, distributing affiliate reports, membership processing, remitting payroll taxes, processing grant reimbursement request, assisting team members in NAMI Mississippi event planning and production, and attending weekly team meetings. Joy is a professional actor who has appeared in numerous plays at New Stage Theatre and has been featured in movies and on TV. She also enjoys traveling and photography.

Claire Keil, a native of Brandon, Mississippi, is an active member and advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness where she currently stands as Mississippi’s State Youth Engagement Coordinator. She actively visits the System of Care sites along with maintaining video and conference calls. She stands as our liaison between the Department of Mental Health and System of Care sites in Hattiesburg and Meridian. She is certified to administer Mental Health First Aid for both Youth and Adults. Since 2006, Claire has been serving as an active volunteer and counselor for the Mississippi Burn Camp Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology, and is preparing to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree. Claire is passionate about improving youth mental health and increasing their success rate of overcoming traumatic life experiences.

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Latasha Willis

Community Engagement Specialist

Latasha A. Willis is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with an emphasis in computer science from Tougaloo College, an Associate of Science degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in media design from Full Sail University. She currently serves as a Community

Engagement Specialist for NAMI Mississippi, where she is responsible for graphic design work, web development and social media management. Latasha was diagnosed with anxiety disorder and depression in 1999, which led to her becoming a NAMI member in 2005. She was a NAMIWalks team captain for The Church Triumphant Global every year from 2007-2017. She became a NAMI Peer-to-Peer Leader in 2017 and a NAMI Peer-to-Peer State Trainer in 2018. Latasha works as the social media web services coordinator for the Jackson Hinds Library System, where she is responsible for graphic design work, web development and social media management in addition to press releases and media coverage of library programs. Latasha is also an entrepreneur. She has operated her graphic design business, Reason to Live Studios, since 2005, and she is transitioning it into a graphic design consulting and education firm. She also owns an online store called The Spinster’s Shoppe, LLC, where she has been selling home decor, jewelry, accessories and more since 2014.

Volunteers Kawanna Jenkins

David Shumpert

Kawanna’s professional background includes working with Tyson Foods and The Coca-Cola Company for more than 20 years. Kawanna has been volunteering with NAMI Mississippi for six years providing assistance to those in need of mental health resources and more. She compiles complete monthly reports to the Mississippi Department of Mental Health that update them on how the organization is meeting annual goals. She is also responsible for various administrative duties in the office. Kawanna’s hobbies include caring for stray and feral animals, and doing Pilates.

David Shumpert is originally from Itawamba County, Mississippi. He was married for 26 years and fathered three beautiful children. David is currently on worker’s compensation and has agreed to volunteer at NAMI Mississippi through the Ascent Return to Work Program. David is completing a six-month alcoholic recovery program. He has found that NAMI’s program pairs perfectly with the 12-step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. David is greatly honored to represent the struggle of suffering with both substance abuse and mental illness, also known as dual diagnosis. The awareness and importance of these issues will be a personal goal of his to bring to light - that there are resources available for anyone impacted by these unfortunate problems. David answers the phones, checks messages, and sits at outreach tables for the State Office. He also performs other tasks assigned by the office team.

Volunteer Community Outreach Specialist

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Go to namims.org/volunteer-application to complete or download an application.

Office Volunteer

12 · NAMI MISSISSIPPI by Sitaniel J. Wimbley, Executive Director

2019 NAMIWalks in Review Here are pictures from NAMIWalks Mississippi at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park on October 5, 2019. The weather was perfect, and so were the participants. We also thank the vendors at the annual Wellness Festival for participating, and our faithful volunteers for all of their hard work. See pictures from NAMIWalks Vicksburg 2019 on page 5. (Photos by Kawanna Jenkins, Sitaniel Wimbley and Latasha Willis)

NAMIWalks Mississippi Location: Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff, Jackson Registered Attendees: 140 Total Raised: $15,210.20

NAMIWalks Pine Belt

(walk canceled due to severe weather threat) Registered Attendees: 146 Total Raised: $12,267.23

NAMIWalks Vicksburg Location: Pemberton Square Mall, Vicksburg Registered Attendees: 40 Total Raised: $5,000.13

Grand Totals: Registered Attendees: 326 Total Raised: $32,477.56

Thanks for your support!

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Holiday Hello 2019

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by Sitaniel J. Wimbley, Executive Director

Through strategic planning of the upcoming months, NAMI Mississippi will obtain our goals and exceed them in several capacities. Here’s what we have accomplished recently.

Upcoming Education Classes

Basics Training: Four graduates Youth Mental Health First Aid Three classes with 27 attendees

Central Mississippi - Path to Recovery Two-Day Crash Course

Peer-to-Peer One class with three attendees Say It Out Loud One class with 17 attendees Family & Friends Two classes with 24 attendees Signature Trainings Two classes with seven attendees

Graduates of the fall NAMI Peer-to-Peer course for Central Mississippi (left to right): Angela Brown and Dana Langley. Not Pictured: Melissa White. Facilitators: Latasha Willis and Jessica James

Jessica James and Latasha Willis Location: NAMI Mississippi State Office, Jackson Dates: March 14-15 Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Coastal MS - Path to Recovery Two-Day Crash Course Shan Abbott and Tracy Stopson Location: The Arc, Gulfport Dates: March 21-22 Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Vicksburg - Peer-to-Peer Leaders: Monica Wolters & Thomas Carson Location: Merit Health River Region West Campus Conference Room, 1111 N. Frontage Rd. Tentative Start Date: Saturday, April 11, 2020 Time: 10:00 a.m.

The first of its kind for NAMI Mississippi, the Path to Recovery Two-Day Crash Course (PRCC) is a class for adults with mental health conditions. Participants spend two days learning coping skills, the biology behind mental health conditions and more. A seven-week coaching session for goal setting follows weekly via conference call. Interested? Go to namims.eventbrite.com for a class near you.

NAMI Vicksburg will also be scheduling some NAMI Family & Friends courses very soon. Follow them on Facebook at NAMI Vicksburg, MS for updates.

Register for upcoming classes at namims.eventbrite.com.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS March 11 April 23-24 May May 3-9 June July September September 10

Mental Health and Wellness Day at the Capitol Mississippi State Capitol • 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. • Please wear green. NAMI Mississippi 2020 State Conference Jackson Medical Mall UMMC Conference Center Theme: “Assuring Adequate Access” More information at namims.org/conference2020. Mental Health Month Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week PTSD Awareness Month Minority Mental Health Awareness Month National Recovery Month, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month World Suicide Prevention Day


NAMI FOUR RIVERS (MS), REGION 11 Affiliate Meeting Held quarterly. Contact: fourriversms@namims.org Family Support 3rd Thursday of the month Merit Health Natchez, Magnolia Room 54 Sergeant Prentiss Dr., Natchez, MS 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Contact: Emily Fox – 662.801.8700, Arrick Rice – 601.951.0887 agingmatters@gmail.com fourriversms@namims.org

NAMI CENTRAL MS (JACKSON), REGION 8, 9 Affiliate Meeting Announced as scheduled. Galloway United Methodist Church 305 N. Congress St, Jackson, MS 39201 Contact: Auvergne Williams - 601-259-7176 Family Support 2nd Thursday, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. St. Catherine Room @ St. Dominic Hospital In the Basement by Cafeteria 969 Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS Contact: State Office - 601-899-9058 Connection Recovery Support Each Thursday, 1:30-3 p.m. Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr., Ste D-10, Jackson, MS Contact: John McFadden - 601-956-1856 NAMI PINE BELT (HATTIESBURG), REGION 12 Affiliate Meeting The Last Tuesday of the Month (January through October) at 6 p.m. Forrest General Hospital Cafeteria Meeting Room 6051 US 49, Hattiesburg, MS Contact: Amanda Clement - 601-297-7014

NAMI MERIDIAN, REGION 10 Affiliate Meeting First Tuesday of the Month, Noon – 1 p.m. Meridian Activity Center, 3300 32nd Ave., Meridian, MS Contact: Patricia Battle at 601-527-3734 or Jill Walsh at 601-917-1474 Connection Recovery Support Tuesdays, 5 p.m. Wesley House Community Center, 1520 8th Ave., Meridian, MS Contact: Jill Walsh at 601-917-1474 Family Support Contact: Patricia Battle at 601-527-3734

NAMI OXFORD, REGION 2 Family Support 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. North Mississippi Regional Center, Administration Building 967 Regional Center Dr. (off Hwy 7 South), Oxford, MS Contact: Hanne Gaycken - 662-234-9572, 662-801-6530, or gaycken@bellsouth.net Connection Recovery Support Sundays, 3:30-5 p.m. North Mississippi Regional Center, Administration Building 967 Regional Center Dr. (off Hwy 7 South), Oxford, MS Contact: Clarice Ivy - 662-816-0469 clariceiam@yahoo.com NAMI VICKSBURG, REGION 15 Affiliate Meeting (Quarterly) Jan./April/July/Oct., 6 p.m. Call for dates. Warren-Yazoo Behavioral Health Conference Room 3444 Wisconsin Avenue, Vicksburg, MS Contact: Harriette Mastin at 601-630-9470 or 601-218-0843

Connection Recovery Support 1st Wednesday of the month, 4:30-6 p.m. Merit Health River Region West Campus, Conference Room 1111 North Frontage Road, Vicksburg, MS Contact: Thomas Carson at 601-529-4677, or Harriette Mastin at 601-630-9470 or 601-218-0843 Family Support 1st Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Merit Health River Region West Campus, Conference Room 1111 North Frontage Road, Vicksburg, MS Contact: Mary Pope at 601-437-3156, or Harriette Mastin at 601-630-9470 or 601-218-0843

NAMI COASTAL MS (DEVELOPING), REGIONS 13, 14 Affiliate Meeting First Saturday of the Month, 11:30 a.m. The Arc, 3109 Gulf Ave., Gulfport, MS Led by Cynthia Shields and Shan Abbott Contact: The State Office at (601) 899-9058 Family Support 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at 10 a.m. Facilitators: Anna Northcutt and Cynthia Shields The Arc, 3109 Gulf Ave., Gulfport, MS Contact: The State Office at (601) 899-9058 NAMI TUPELO (DEVELOPING), REGION 3 [Until further notice, please confirm that meetings will be held as scheduled.] Affiliate Meeting Last Monday of the Month, 6 p.m. LIFECORE’s PACT Building 1927 Briar Ridge Tupelo, MS tupelo@namims.org

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As a reminder, the NAMI Board of Directors has decided to add a Household membership category to our membership structure as well as increase the dues for Regular and Open Door memberships. All of these changes became effective July 1, 2017.

Household Membership - $60 Regular Membership - $40 Open Door Membership - $5 A Household membership will apply to everyone living in a single household whose names are provided to NAMI. Regular and Open Door memberships will continue to apply only to one individual. For voting purposes, each membership (including Household) will be counted as one (1) membership.

Encourage your friends and family to join at namims.org/join.


As an added membership bonus, every NAMI Mississippi member will receive a personalized membership card. Look for yours in the mail after your dues are received by the State Office. Carry it proudly!



Est. 1989 • MS Sec. of State Inc. # 237179

Membership Number: Membership Type: Individual

Exp. Date: 01 / 01 / Affiliate: Vicksburg

Brett Mayfield


Board President




2618 Southerland Street Jackson, MS 39216

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