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Letter from the President

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Letter from the President of the Board 2 NAMIWalks 3 NAMI Pine Belt 4 NAMI Vicksburg 5 NAMI Oxford 6 NAMI Meridian 6 NAMI Four Rivers (MS) 7 NAMI Central Mississippi 7 2019 State Conference 8, 9 NAMI Turns 30 Anniversary Gala 10, 11 Volunteer Opportunities 12 Education 13 System of Care 14 Open Up Mississippi 15 New Employee Spotlight 15 Youth Advisory Council 16 Membership 16 Board Member Nominations 17 Calendar of Events 18 Support Group Contacts 18 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brett Mayfield, President Mary Harrington, Vice President Sharon Turner-Davis, Secretary Marcus Ginn, Treasurer Sherry Bouldin, At Large Jesse Coppenbarger, At Large Hanne Gaycken, At Large Clinton Smith, At Large Harold White, At Large Nancy White, At Large Auvergne Williams, At Large Christiane Williams, At Large Thomas Carson, Peer Leadership Council Representative Patricia Battle, Meridian Affiliate Representative Kimberly Brownlee, Pine Belt Affiliate Representative Randall Williams, Vicksburg Affiliate Representative STATE OFFICERS Tameka Tobias, Executive Director Sitaniel J. Wimbley, Program Director Rita Hodges, Account Manager Kawanna Jenkins, Education Outreach Volunteer Latasha A. Willis, Community Outreach Specialist Amanda Prevost, Community Outreach Specialist Emily Gunning, Youth Engagement Coordinator AFFILIATES Central Mississippi Four Rivers (MS) Gulf Coast [Program Affiliate] Pine Belt Vicksburg Meridian Oxford Yazoo [Program Affiliate] 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.

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Dear Members, It’s a time of celebration!! NAMI Mississippi turns 30 this year!! That’s 30 years of support, education, and recovery. For 30 years, our organization has offered a sense of community and acceptance at affiliates across the state. We’ve trained hundreds of participants in our signature programs and hosted support groups in our communities for people living with serious mental illness, their families, and loved ones. I count it as a great privilege to have been able to serve as your president for the past three years and, in serving, have had the opportunity to meet those who started, shaped, and strengthened our organization. Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” NAMI Mississippi owes a great deal to those giants of our past who saw a need and sacrificed their time and work to meet it. As we chart a course forward, we have every reason to be proud of the work we’ve done and optimistic about the future. Dozens of volunteers, teachers, facilitators, and hardworking staff members have contributed to the work of NAMI Mississippi and our organization is thriving! We’re investing in the development of new affiliates, helping build CIT programs, leading Mental Health First Aid trainings, supporting NAMI signature programs, and spearheading a statewide Youth Systems of Care program. We’ve diversified our programming to make sure that every Mississippian living with mental illness gets the best possible support we can offer. I’m so very proud of who we have been, who we are, and who we are becoming. I hope that you will all consider joining us at the NAMI Mississippi 30th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, May 16th, where we can celebrate together!! Cheers to Tameka Smith, our Executive Director, and her amazing staff! Cheers to our dedicated and engaged Board of Directors! Cheers to our affiliate boards and officers all over the state! Cheers to our teachers and facilitators who build and maintain programs that meet the needs of Mississippians where they are! Cheers to our members who demonstrate who we are by supporting one another and the work of our organization. Cheers to 30 years of NAMI Mississippi and to a promising future!

Brett Mayfield Board President NAMI Mississippi

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NAMIWalks season and promote awareness of mental illness treatment and recovery. This first-ever NAMIWalks Rally will feature refreshments, activities and information about NAMI and the upcoming NAMIWalks Mississippi. The event is free and open to the public.

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• because one in five Americans lives with a mental health condition; • to improve the lives of people who are affected by mental illness; • to build awareness and end stigma by encouraging others to learn about mental health and see the person, not the illness; • to raise funds to provide support, education and advocacy programs at no cost; • because we want the community to know we support mental health initiatives.


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reetings 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 meet each month, learning much from some outstanding guest speakers. We help spearhead 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 Community. As we mentioned last year, we are grateful that the City of Hattiesburg has become a NAMI MS Sponsor. The City officials contributed many in-kind donations to our affiliate to help with the NAMI MS Pine Belt Walk on October 27, 2018. The Mayor helped kick off the event, along with our State Representative, Missy McGee. The City Zoo and the Parks & Recreation staffs were also factors in helping us raise over $12,000. 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, including personnel from Jones and Forrest Counties. We will continue that support throughout 2019. 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 is the Mental Health First Aid Course. Our affiliate sponsored two MHFA classes in July 2018. We briefed the City of Hattiesburg Mayor and City Council on March

4, 2019. We encouraged them to have city employees trained in MHFA (youth course). They are favorably considering the idea, and may even host a course in late May. We will help host the events. The next scheduled course offering in Hattiesburg is June 8, 2019. Tameka Tobias, the Exec. Director of NAMI MS, will be one of the instructors. We are truly looking forward to the NAMI MS State Conference and GALA on May 16-17. The agenda is quite impressive, and we are encouraging our members to attend the events in Jackson. We hope to help with the registration fees for each of our affiliate members. Our affiliate has a general meeting on the last Tuesday of each month at the Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. We usually meet at 6 pm in one of the rooms off of the Cafeteria. (You can call Joe at 601-5508219 for directions.) Thus far this year, we have had two outstanding speakers at our meetings: Jason Pegram, a Peer Support Specialist, and Catherine Jorns, the Executive Director of RISE (Above Circumstances). Both gave us superb insight into the best ways to help vulnerable people re-discover their “giftedness”. 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, well-established family support group is a must to foster healing and bright futures. Finally, it’s not too soon to look ahead to another successful NAMI MS Pine Belt Af-



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Debbie Dale, President of NAMI MS Pine Belt Affiliate, presents NAMI MS Anti-Stigma Award, to City of Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker on March 4.

filiate Walk. This year’s is slated for Saturday, October 26, 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 combating stigma and strengthening mental health in Mississippi. - Submitted by Joe Kinnan, Ph.D.

Above: NAMI is “delicious” no matter how you spell it! Below: NAMI MS Pine Belt Affiliate Walk Team Members Ready for Action in 2019. PHOTOS COURTESY NAMI PINE BELT


reetings from NAMI Vicksburg-Yazoo!!! Whaaat??? A different name? No worries. Just letting the readers know that NAMI Vicksburg has officially merged with NAMI Yazoo, and welcomes all friends, members, and supporters in Warren, Yazoo, and other nearby counties who want to work toward the NAMI mission of improving the lives of individuals living with mental illness. We extend a special invitation to past or present NAMI members in the Yazoo area to contact us via email (vicksburg@namims. org) or telephone 601-630-9470 (leave message for call back) and let us know your updated contact info so we can include you in all of our affiliate activities. You are a very important part of our team, and we look forward to getting to know you better. NAMI Vicksburg-Yazoo welcomed 2019 with a quarterly affiliate meeting January 22, 2019, and a second called business meeting the following week on January 29th. Committee Reports & Recommendations were heard with Mary Pope and Sarah Johnson updating the affiliate on the birthday parties they hosted at the Warren-Yazoo Group Home and Wisconsin Cove Apartments and the announcement of the Alcorn Health Fair on April 11th. The Education Committee set the date April 23rd at 6 p.m. for previewing the new NAMI Family & Friends 90-minute seminar at the April affiliate meeting. The seminar, not yet released nationwide, will be led by six Family & Friends teachers Mary Pope, Sarah Johnson, Randall Williams, Deloris McGee, Jenny Drake, and Harriette Mastin, and is allowed by special permission from NAMI. Everyone is cordially invited to attend and see this special presentation. In addition, Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor Randall Williams announced a Youth MHFA class set to begin February 13th at Crossway Church. Several trainings were also scheduled between January and April. Four affiliate members Bill Mounger, Randall Williams, Thomas Carson, and Harriette Mastin completed a new NAMI 360 online training January 14th in order to be able to input

affiliate data into the system. An extensive Affiliate Development Workshop was held April 3rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with NAMI MS Staff Tameka Smith, Sitaniel Wimbley, Amanda Prevost, and Emily Gunning providing a wide range of information on affiliate responsibilities, running a successful affiliate, and fun ideas for a local WALK. Eleven affiliate members attended. Congratulations to Deloris McGee and Jenny Drake, who have been selected by NAMI to attend the National Train the Trainer program for Family-to-Family from April 12-14! We will soon have two more great state trainers here in MS! These same two ladies represented NAMI Vicksburg-Yazoo at the Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition Conference at Jackson State University April 1st sharing personal stories and giving a 30-minute presentation on the benefits of the Family-to-Family and Family & Friends programs. They, along with affiliate vice president Thomas Carson, will also be at the MS Peer Support Specialist Summit in Jackson May 30-June 1. Affiliate Representative Randall Williams has been spearheading the process of establishing a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in Warren County for many months. He has made major progress in coordinating local law enforcement, Warren Yazoo Behavioral Health, Merit Health River Region and NAMI Vicksburg-Yazoo/NAMI MS. A completed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) amongst all parties is expected within the year. Discussion is ongoing about scheduling a second Mental Health Town Hall as requested by many attendees of the first Town Hall. The focus will be on informing the public about CIT and local mental health resources in the community. Exciting Events to Remember: NAMI MS


Deloris McGee and Jenny Drake of our affiliate presenting at the Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition Conference on April 1st

State Conference on May 16-17 at Belhaven, Dr. Billy Kim Center. Deloris McGee and Jenny Drake will be panelists for the “Ask a Family Member” Panel Discussion at the conference. On Saturday, May 18, the Annual Statewide Membership meeting and Recognition Awards presentations will take place at Belhaven, Dr. Billy Kim Center. We cannot forget the NAMI MS 30th Anniversary GALA on the evening of May 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Bridlewood of Madison, 3024 MS Hwy 22. This elegant blacktie event will include music, a silent auction, and NAMI MS Awards of Excellence to outstanding people who have advanced the cause of mental health in the state. The GALA provides a wonderful opportunity to remember all of the past NAMI MS staff, board members, and volunteers without whose efforts the organization would not have remained so strong and effective as Mississippi’s Voice on Mental Illness. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, NAMI MS! May you thrive and celebrate many more years to come! - Submitted by NAMI Vicksburg-Yazoo



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he Oxford NAMI Affiliate has been very active during the past fall/winter. Highlights from our activities are summarized below. • A Mental Health First Aid Workshop was held February 12 at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Oxford. Members of our affiliate (Michael Danahy, Hanne Gaycken, Mary Harrington, Carol Van Besien, and Amanda Williams) arranged for the location and provided refreshments and lunch. There were 18 participants, the majority from Clarksdale. Kerri McNatt from Communicare conducted the workshop, and this provided our affiliate with the opportunity to network with her. • Our affiliate decided to join St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for their annual Mardi Gras parade on March 5th. Before the walk, we had NAMI Oxford business cards printed with the meeting times and locations for our family support group and our Connections group. We stuffed little bags with the cards, Mardi Gras beads, and candy, and handed them out during the parade. Seventeen members of our affiliate participated, and we carried a large NAMI Oxford banner. We hope this publicity will help promote awareness of NAMI Oxford within our community. • The state training workshop for our affiliate is going to take place on April 6th,

at St. Andrews United Methodist Church. We appreciate Michael Danahy for securing the location for this workshop and the Mental Health First Aid Workshop. • Our Family Support Group, which meets every other Saturday, continues to be a valuable resource for the community, with new people attending and continuing members providing support. The local Connections group remains strong; it meets weekly and enjoys a monthly dinner out together. - Submitted by NAMI Oxford affiliate members

Below (left to right) Hanne Gaycken, Ann Hemphill, Florence Ouzts, Carol Van Besien, Marian Norman, Katherine Ouzts, Cassie Howard, Mary Harrington, and Michael Danahy represent NAMI Oxford walking in the Oxford Mardi Gras Parade.

Above: NAMI Oxford affiliate members Carol Van Besien, Hanne Gaycken, and Michael Danahy stuffing bags for the Mardi Gras parade. Below: Goodie bags handed out at the Mardi Gras parade. PHOTOS COURTESY NAMI OXFORD


t’s not too early to start getting your team together for another great NAMIWalks Meridian event at the Grove at Bonita Lakes. Last year 169 walkers signed up and the NAMI Pine Belt affiliate group raised a total of raised a total of $13,226. Mark your calendar for October 12 and join us for a fun and meaningful day.

Above: (left to right): Carol Van Besien, Kerri McNatt, Michael Danahy, and Amanda Williams at NAMI Oxford Mental Health First Aid workshop.



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he fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019 were busy relationship building opportunities for NAMI Four Rivers. In October our affiliate lunch and learn focused on Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) with officials from Brookhaven/Lincoln County. In attendance was the Mayor of Brookhaven, City Aldermen, Chief of Police, Sheriff of Lincoln County, State Representative and Department of Mental Health. A complete overview of what CIT, the benefit of having trained officers and community was met with high optimism. We will continue to work on this project in 2019. In November we participated in NAMI Walks, which raised $1,945.00 for our affiliate. In December NAMI continued to engage with community partners by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Pike County Law Enforcement to be part of the developing CIT team to be lunch the first quarter of 2019. Harold White

presented and introduce NAMI Four Rivers at the CIT training in Magnolia on January 16th. February 26th, 2019 NAMI Four Rivers held its second lunch and learn Natchez, the first one was in February 2018. We had over fifty individuals from various community organizations and concerned citizens in attendance. Stacie Webb, Kimberly Lindsey presented on the services provided at Southwest Behavioral Health. Faces and Voices of Recovery Mississippi (Curtis Oliver) presented on Opioid Use Disorders (OUD), Mental Illness and how the community is vital for family and individual recovery support. One of the takeaways was the encouragement for the community to get involve, join NAMI and be a part of the solution.

The state office provided family support group training in McComb in February. Five people graduated and are ready to start groups in McComb, Magnolia and Natchez. We are working to relaunch Peer to Peer training. The Family Support Group in Brookhaven (Lead by Harold and Nancy White) meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 and Natchez is working on getting a team. NAMI Four Rivers thanks everyone that volunteered and gave of their time to make this lunch and learn a success. Stay tuned for more exciting news and activities about NAMI Four Rivers in the coming months. - Submitted by Curtis Oliver

Musical entertainment during NAMIWalks Pine Belt 2018.


entral MS will hold an affiliate meeting on May 6, 2019, 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Room 403 at Galloway United Methodist Church, 305 North Congress Street, Jackson. The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Jefferson D. Parker, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, who will his department’s plans and challenges in delivering psychiatric care.

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REDUCED Conference Registration Pricing

This year, we are also hosting a 30th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. Purchase your gala ticket with registration and save $20 (reg. $75). For event details see pages 10-11.

☐ $30 Thursday, May 16th ☐ $85 Thursday, May 16th + May 16th Gala Ticket ☐ $30 Friday, May 17th ☐ $85 Friday, May 17th + May 16th Gala Ticket ☐ $60 Both Days ☐ $115 Both Days + May 16th Gala ticket

NAMI Mississippi’s Annual State Conference NAMI Mississippi Turns 30... The Journey Continues Thursday, May 16 – Friday, May 17 Dr. Billy Kim International Center Belhaven University 1500 Peachtree Street, Jackson, MS

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Register online at namims.org/conference2019 or mail your payment to:

NAMI Mississippi 2618 Southerland St Suite 100 Jackson, MS 39216

A Limited Number Of Conference Scholarships Are Available For NAMI Peers Living With A Mental Illness. Contact Your Local NAMI Affiliate Representative For Details. If you have questions, please call our office at 601.899.9058.

See pages 10-11 for more 30th Anniversary Gala information.

DAY ONE: Thursday, May 16, 8:30-4:30pm

DAY TWO: Friday, May 17, 8:30am-4:30pm

8:30-9:30 Opening Plenary Behavioral Health Court & Mental Health Overview from the perspective of: a Mayor, a Judge, a Mental Health Provider and a NAMI representative; Facilitator: Brent Hurley, MS Dept. of Mental Health

8:30-9:30 Breakout Session 4 From Pushups to Presence: A Mindfulness-Based School Curriculum Jessica Seebeck

9:45-10:45 Breakout Session 1 QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training Leah Pylate & Kim Kavalsky WRAP: A Journey To Recovery Melody Worsham Whole Health for the Whole Person: Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind Katrina Kimble 11:00-12:10 Breakout Session 2 The Abandonment of Convenience: The Growth of Transition Services Ashton Farr For the Cause: Advocating Through Experience Aaron Thomas 12:15-1:45 Lunch Plenary (Movie Screening) New State of Mind 2:00-3:30 Breakout Session 3 Using Nature As a Tool for Mental Wellness Monica Wolters, CPSS The Foundation of Ethics Sherry Bouldin 3:45-4:30 Closing Plenary Mind/Game Movie Screening and Panel Discussion

Ask A Family Member Panel Discussion: Jenny Drake and Deloris McGee Building A Better Mental Health Culture for Men of Color Mr. Lorenzo Lewis 9:45-10:45 Breakout Session 5 Mental Health - “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” Dr. Mangle Shanks Ask A Peer: Supervisor. What Every Peer Wants You To Know Aurora Baugh 12:00-1:30 Lunch Plenary Ask The Advocate: The Future of Advocacy Panelist: Joy Hogge, Families As Allies, Zakiya Summers – ACLU, Ta’Shia Gordon – Attorney General Representative 1:45-3:15 Breakout Session 6 Utilizing the Integrated Care Model to Address Mental Health and Chronic Disease Wendy Bailey & Tasha Locke Mental Health Prevention: It Takes a Village Dr. Anitra Shelton-Quinn 3:30-4:30 Closing Plenary “When the Cops are Called to a Mental Health Crisis.” A panel discussion with Law Enforcement Officers Dr. Tiffany Anderson & Officers

$5000 - PLATINUM STAR SPONSOR • Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor • Recognition during each plenary • Full page ad in conference program • Social Media Mentions with Promotions • 1 Exhibit table • 2 Complimentary conference registrations • 4 Tickets to NAMI Turns 30 Gala • Friends of NAMI membership


• Recognition as a Gold Sponsor • Plenary sponsor signage • Full page ad in conference program • Social Media Mentions with Promotions • 1 Exhibit table • 1 Complimentary conference registration • 2 Tickets to NAMI Turns 30 Gala • Friends of NAMI membership


• Full page ad in conference program • Plenary sponsor signage • Social Media Mentions • 1 Exhibit table • 1 Complimentary conference registration • 1 Ticket to NAMI Turns 30 Gala

Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference Agenda

NAMI Mississippi invites you to participate as a sponsor, exhibitor, and/or advertiser during our annual state conference. Persons living with mental illness, their families, various provider organizations, and public and private agencies, attend our annual meeting for continuing education and networking opportunities. Attendees look forward to networking with exhibitors to learn about services and products. Reserve with your payment as soon as possible.


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NAMI Mississippi, the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, hosts NAMI Mississippi Turns 30 Anniversary Gala Thursday, May 16, 2019 6-9 pm Bridlewood of Madison

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NAMI Mississippi’s Awards of Excellence will be presented

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Awards of Excellence Recipients These honorees, chosen because they demonstrate excellence and the highest standards in the field of mental health advocacy, will be recognized during the NAMI MS Turns 3o Gala.

Wendy Bailey Dr. James “Skip” Brister Dr. Teri Brister Dr. Susan Buttross Dr. Kathy Crockett Judge Debra Gambrell Dr. Maxie Gordon Ta’Shia Gordon Dick Hall Dr. Jeffrey Parker Marshall Ramsey Dr. Brad Smith Pastor Tonya Ware Monica Wolters

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3 3024 Mississippi Highway 22, Madison, MSwill 39110 tie fundraising and awards gala will be emceed by Maggie Wade, and feature an eveEmail development@namims.org. ning of food, music and a silent auction. This event will be held in conjunction with NAMI This black-tie fundraising and awards gala will feature an evening of food, live music Mississippi’s Annual State Conference that takes place May 16-17 at Belhaven University. and fun in celebration of NAMI MS’s 30th anniversary as the state chapter of the NationalGala Silent Auction Committee: Solicit Performing his live soulful, bluesy music, pianist Andrew Pates Alliance on Mental Illness. This event will be held in conjunction with NAMI Mississippi’sitems for the silent auction and help set will provide entertainment throughout the evening. Joined by Jay Wadsworth, guitarist, and Annual State Conference which takes place May 16-17 at Belhaven University in Jackson.up for the silent auction. James Jenkins, drummer, this trio will give an incredible interactive show for the crowd. Gala Decorations Committee: Assist the Jazz artist Pam Conferwhich will also offer a special performance. Please indicate category of support you wish to reserve and return the form be- day of the gala with decorations. Foryour more information link to buyhave tickets low along with payment by April and 15, 2019. If you anyonline, questions please call our e Sponsorship Committee: Helping to visit namims.org/gala2019 or call 601.899.9058. Th office at 601.899.9058 or visit namims.org/gala2019 for more information. identify and vetting sponsors for the Gala

Gala Sponorship Opportunities

$5000 Platinum Star Sponsor $2500 - Gold Star Sponsor • Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor on all NAMI MS Turns 30 Gala promotional and signage • 4 reserved parking spaces at the NAMI MS Turns 30 Gala • Full page ad in Gala program • Social Media mentions with promotions • 2 reserved tables for 20 guests at the Gala • Friends of NAMI MS membership

• Recognition as a Gold Sponsor on all NAMI MS Turns 30 Gala promotional and signage • 2 reserved parking spaces at the NAMI MS Turns 30 Gala • Full page ad in the Gala program • Social Media mentions with promotions • 1 reserved table for 10 guests at the Gala • Friends of NAMI membership

$1000 - Silver Star Sponsor

• Recognition as a Silver Sponsor on all NAMI MS Turns 30 Gala promotional and signage • Half page ad in the Gala program • Social media mentions • 5 Tickets to the Gala • Friends of NAMI MS membership

Gala Contributor & Program Advertisement Opportunities

$500 Contributor

• Listed as a Contributor in the Gala program • Social media mentions • 3 Tickets to the Gala • Friends of NAMI MS membership

$250 - Contributor

• Listed as a Contributor in the Gala program • 2 Tickets to the Gala • Friends of NAMI membership

Gala Program Advertisement Only

• $550 Full Page Ad (8 inches wide x 5 inches tall) • $350 Half Page Ad (3.875 inches wide x 5 inches tall) • $225 Quarter Page Ad (3.875 inches wide x 2.375inches tall)

Gala Tickets

Program ads may be black & white or color. Art must be submitted electronically in PDF format to aprevost@namims.org by April 15, 2019.

• Individual Gala Ticket - $75.00 • Gala Table Ticket (10 seats) - $700.00 • NAMI MS State Conference attendees may purchase individual Gala tickets at the discounted rate of $55 each if purchased with conference registration.

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Please return form with paymentby byApril to NAMI 2618 Southerland2618 St, Suite 100, Jackson, 39216. pay online, Please return thisthis form with payment 15,Mississippi, 2019 to NAMI Mississippi, Southerland St,MS Suite 100,ToJackson, MSvisit 39216. namims.org and click on the gala link. If you have questions, please call our office at 601.899.9058 or email at development@namims.org. If you have questions, please call our office at 601.899.9058 or email at development@namims.org. NAMI Mississippi 11

We need you NOW more than EVER!

There are lots of exciting and positive opportunities to help NAMI Mississippi make a difference in our communities. Pick one below or fill out our general volunteer form online at namims.org/volunteer-opportunities and we will get you plugged in! UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Community Outreach Volunteers: NAMI MS needs Community Outreach Volunteers in each of our affiliate areas. A list of affiliates can be found at https://namims.org/affiliates/. Volunteers identify outreach opportunities and monitor information tables (set up and take down a table with NAMI information in the lobby at hospitals, health fairs and community outreach fairs in local libraries, parks, hospitals, business, etc). Signature Program Leaders: We offer signature education training for those interested in becoming a program facilitator or leader. If you are interested in a training, please complete this FORM. Based on your response, we will email you when the program training(s) you are interested in are available. Youth Advisory Council: We are currently working to restructure the Youth Advisory Council and need great Youth Leaders to help us. If you are interested in serving as a State Level Representative for YAC, complete the interest form as soon as possible. We have some great upcoming events and activities planned for 2019 such as Basketball Tournaments, Advocacy and Wellness Events, and Youth Advocacy Training! 12 NAMI Mississippi

NAMI MS State Conference: NAMI MS Turns 30: The Journey Continues is coming up Thurs, May 16 & 17 at Belhaven University in Jackson and we will need lots of help. Let us know if you are interested in being on a conference committee. NAMIWalks 2019: We have already started planning for NAMIWalks MS (Oct 5) as well as affiliate walks in Meridian (Oct 12), Vicksburg (Oct 12) and Hattiesburg (Oct 26). Please specify on the volunteer form if you would like to help with any of these walks and we will contact you. Volunteers are needed for these areas: • Walk Teams: Help solicit walk teams throughout the state of Mississippi • Vendors: Identify and contact vendors to participate in the walk and the kick-off rally • Activity Committee: Help plan activities relative to the walk and kick-off rally. • Walk Day: Assist in all things relative the day of the walk


New National Trainers

NAMI Mississippi has three individuals who recently attended NAMI’s Spring 2019 Training of Trainers. These three completed applications interviewed and were selected by NAMI National to attend. The training was held April 11 – 14 in Reston, Virginia. Connections Jessica James Family and Friends Deloris McGee and Jenny Drake

NAMI Basics is signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. This free course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. The course consists of six classes, each lasting for 2 ½ hours.

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who have been there.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. The course provides critical information and strategies related to living with mental illness.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12 class education program for family members of adults living with mental illness. In this program the term family is viewed from a broad perspective to include parents, siblings, spouses, adult sons and daughters, partners and significant others. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being.

NAMI Family & Friends is a free seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support. The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition.

by Sitaniel J. Wimbley, Program Director

2019 State Training NAMI Mississippi is offering the 2019 Signature Training Program across the state. The goal of this training is to increase the number of active leaders throughout the state. Tentative dates are as follows. Schedules and locations will be listed on namims.org as soon as they are confirmed. Please start recruiting potential participants in your local area. NAMI Four Rivers June 15 & 16 Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer

Register for upcoming education classes:

namims.eventbrite.com NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Groups generally meet on a monthly basis but may meet weekly. The hallmark of a NAMI support group is leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of the other participants.

In Our Own Voice is a unique public education program in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. The program was started with a grant from Eli Lily and Company. NAMI Mississippi 13

SYSTEM OF CARE A system of care (SoC) is an organizational philosophy and framework that involves collaboration across agencies, families, and youth for the purpose of improving access and expanding the array of coordinated community-based services and supports that helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life. Core values of a system of care philosophy specify that services and supports should be: family driven and youth guided, community-based, culturally and linguistically competent, and evidence informed.

System of Care in Mississippi Communicare H.Y.P.E.D. 4 Change Oxford 662-715-3039 Crisis Hotline: 1-866-837-7521 H.Y.P.E.D. (Helping Youth Promote Empowered Decisions) 4 CHANGE SOC is funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). A SOC is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that is designed to meet the challenges of children and youth (ages 0-21) with serious mental health needs. Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations so services and supports can be effective. Our system of care (SOC) will help children, youth, and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout their lives. NFusion Metro Jackson (769) 233-7429 NFusion Metro is a youth program that provides mental health resources to youth and their families in a stigma-free teen environment. The program helps individuals between the ages of 0-26 transition into adulthood through activities, groups, counseling, and peer support. Participants must have emotional, mental or behavioral problems, or be involved with two or more child-serving agencies. 14 NAMI Mississippi

MS BuDS Jackson, (601) 919-6160 or (601) 960-0435 BuDS is a statewide initiative that focuses on early identification of children from birth to five years old who may develop social, emotional or behavioral challenges. They can provide the following services to families and their children: Screening; Assessment; Programs like The Incredible Years; Parent Training; Parent to Parent Support; Advocacy for you, your family and your child. Golden Triangle Region, Connect and Nspire (CAN) 1032 Hwy 50, West Point (662) 295-8655 CAN services 282 youth and their families across four Mississippi counties: Oktibbeha, Lowndes, Clay, and Noxubee. CAN has a service location in each of those counties.

NFusionX-Crossover Xpand 832 Hwy 19 N., Suite 510, Meridian (601) 693-3806 A youth program center for ages 3-21. Multiple systems are involved such as child protective services, alternative education,

More at namims.org/soc.

juvenile justice, mental health services, and others. The purpose of the program is to help families or youth receive multiple services through one agency. A referral is not needed. NFusion IV XP 7160 Tchulahoma Rd, Building B, Southaven (662) 536-3132 NFusion IV XP is designed for children, youth and young adults between the ages of 5 and 21 who reside in Desoto County who are currently struggling with emotional, mental, and/or behavioral concerns which have been going on for more than a year and who have been involved with other agencies (i.e. Youth Court, Mental Health, DHS, etc.) in the past.

Crossover Xpand Service areas: Marion County, Jones County, Forrest County Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources offers a wide range of services to youth and families. The MS Department of Mental Health awarded PBMHR’s Child and Adolescent Services a 4 year initiative, Crossover Xpand. The program is designed to help families and youth who are identified as “Crossover Youth” that are involved with Child Protective Services and/ or the Juvenile Justice system or are at risk of becoming involved with these service systems.

New Employee Welcome Emily Gunning

Youth Engagement Coordinator

Greetings Everyone, Please accept this letter as a formal invitation to attend a press conference launching the Open Up Mississippi Initiative on May 18, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the Dr. Billy Kim International Center, Belhaven University, located at 1500 Peachtree Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health and local System of Care (SOC) Sites, the purpose of the press conference is to raise awareness for the importance of mental health, as well as, announce to the public that young people throughout the state have joined together, seeking better outcomes for themselves. Open Up Mississippi is a youth-led, statewide advocacy council with the mission to engage youth and young adults as they break down barriers to gain mental wellness and utilize their strengths and voice against the stigma of mental health. We hope that your schedule will allow you to attend this event to hear more about this exciting initiative. Please RSVP by close of business on May 10, 2019 by calling 601-899-9058 or emailing youth@namims.org. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

NAMI Mississippi welcomes Emily Gunning to our team at Youth Engagement Coordinator. She will be working primarily with our Youth Advisory Council and the System of Care programs throughout the state. Emily can be reached at youth@ namims.org or by calling the state office at 601-899-9058.

Tameka Tobias, NAMI Mississippi Executive Director

Emily Gunning seen here representing NAMI MS at the One Loud Voice Conference in Biloxi.

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We are currently working to restructure the Youth Advisory Council and need great Youth Leaders to help us. If you are interested in serving as a State Level Representative for YAC, email communityoutreach@namims.org or complete the interest form as soon as possible. We have some great upcoming events and activities planned for 2019! Mission Statement: As the Youth Advisory Council, our mission is to encourage, educate and immerse ourselves within our local community, while also striving to put an end to the stigma of mental illness. We focus on reaching and involving youth and young adults throughout the journey to end stigma and advocate for those living with mental illness. For more information on NAMI MS’s Youth Advisory Council visit namims.org/yac

APPLICATION (or online at namims.org/yac) Thank you for your interest in serving on the NAMI MS Youth Advisory Council. The Youth Advisory Council (open to ages 16-30) serves as a leadership and advisory group to NAMI Mississippi. The Council also helps plan social networking events and other opportunities for local youth and young adults. Please fill out and submit this form by email or mail. Name: ______________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________ Alternate Phone: _________________________ Best time to call: __________________ Email: ______________________________________ Are you currently a NAMI Mississippi member? ☐ Yes ☐ No If yes, what is your NAMI Mississippi Affiliate: _______________________________________ Do you have your own transportation? ☐ Yes ☐ No If not, do you have access to public transportation? ☐ Yes ☐ No Are you comfortable with self-disclosure? ☐ Yes ☐ No List other NAMI programs you have participated in, if any, and your role in the program (e.g. participant, facilitator, presenter, trainer, etc.). ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ How did you learn about NAMI Mississippi? ________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ What would serving on the Youth Advisory Council mean to you? _______________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ What would you like to focus working on if you were to serve on the Youth Advisory Council? ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Please share a little about your interest in volunteering with NAMI Mississippi. ______________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Please send completed applications to: NAMI Mississippi, Attn: Youth Program Director Mail: NAMI Mississippi, 2618 Southerland Street, Ste 100 Jackson, MS, 39216 Email: Youth@namims.org / Phone: (601) 899-9058 16 NAMI Mississippi

MEMBERSHIP 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!

BOARD MEMBER NOMINATIONS NAMI MS received 2 qualified nominees for the position of at-large board members on the NAMI Mississippi Board of Directors. The term of office will be July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. According to the NAMI MS Bylaws, a candidate for the board must be a dues-paying family member or an individual living with a mental illness. We ask NAMI MS members to please review the submitted information about

Introduction of Megan M. Hamm

Megan Hamm and the letter from Harriette Mastin and vote for one or both of these individuals using the ballot to the right. Please cut out and return the ballot to: Attention: Nominating Committee, 2618 Southerland St., Suite 100 Jackson, MS 39216 You may also, email your selection to stateoffice@namims.org.

Megan works for A Clear Path (formerly Region 11), the community mental health provider in southwest Mississippi. Her position is that of Mental Health Therapist. Megan’s main responsibilities include providing individual and family therapy to individuals living with severe and persistent mental illnesses. She also completes initial psychosocial assessments that provide a diagnosis and referral to additional services, as needed. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Megan has a broad exposure to many faucets of the mental health field. On a personal level, Megan is the mother of a child managing mental illness. She has played the role of advocate for her child to get accommodations that ensure a fair and equal education. She shows leadership skills through volunteer work and in her career. Megan is active in her community through board membership and service to others. She is an active member with NAMI Four Rivers, on the steering committee and attending affiliate meetings. She attended the Youth Advisory Board Planning weekend in February 2019. Megan was an integral part of scheduling a session of Youth Mental Health First Aid in Brookhaven with the DMH on May 4, 2019. She is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc where she is the Assistant Secretary and Advisor for the Pearlette Youth Auxiliary. She is a board member and Secretary for Community Action Group of Brookhaven, Inc and serves as a coach and Coaching Coordinator for Dr. A. L. Lott Youth Sports. Megan enjoys attending trainings and conferences to help her develop personally and professionally. Megan’s life's work and passion is to help erase the stigma associated with mental illness and to increase access to quality mental health services for those in rural, lower socioeconomic, and underprivileged communities in Mississippi. She has a passion to help empower children and youth to live healthy and productive lives. In summary, Megan is committed to making a difference by serving on boards and committees as well as frontline volunteer efforts.

I would like to vote for

___ Megan M. Hamm ___ Harriette Mastin To be elected to the NAMI MS Board of Directors for the upcoming term of office which will be July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.

Letter from Harriette Mastin

I would like to be considered as a nominee for an at large position on the NAMI MS Board of Directors for the 2019 Board Election. I am a family member and have been an active member of NAMI since 2000. I have served on the NAMI MS Board of Directors as a designated affiliate representative from NAMI Vicksburg for fourteen years from January 2004 to January 2018, before stepping down to take care of family responsibilities. I have also served as Board Secretary for multiple years and have served on various Board committees such as Nominating Committee, Education Committee, Affiliate Development Committee, Public Policy/Advocacy Committee, Bylaws Committee to revise Bylaws, and the Finance Committee. I worked closely with NAMI MS during the chartering of the state organization and with NAMI Vicksburg during its re-affiliation process. I currently serve on several of the Vicksburg affiliate committees such as Outreach, Education, Membership, Publicity & Newsletter, Public Policy Advocacy, Town Hall/CIT Committee. As a NAMI signature program leader, I have been trained as a Family-to-Family teacher and state trainer; a Family Support leader; a Basics teacher; a Provider Ed teacher; and a Family & Friends teacher/leader. It has been my pleasure to work closely with the NAMI MS family over the years, and I would love the opportunity to continue to serve and to support the NAMI mission as we head into the next thirty years. NAMI Mississippi 17


NAMI Pine Belt Affiliate Meeting, 6p, Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg

May Mental Health Month May 5-11 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 6 NAMI Central MS Affiliate Meeting, 6-7:30pm, Room 402, Galloway United Methodist Church, Jackson May 7 NAMI Meridian Affiliate Meeting, noon, Meridian Affiliate Meeting, Meridian May 16 NAMI MS Turns 30 Anniversary Gala, 6-9pm, Bridlewood of Madison, Madison, MS May 16-17 NAMI MS State Conference: NAMI MS Turns 30... The Journey Continues, Billy Kim Center, Belhaven University, Jackson May 18 Open Up Mississippi Press Conference, 9am Billy Kim Center, Belhaven University, Jackson

June 7 June 8 June 15-16

Youth Mental Health First Aid, 9am, 220 S Commerce St, Natchez Youth Mental Health First Aid, 8:30am, The Family Y, Hattiesburg NAMI Four Rivers MS Signature Program Training, Peer-to-Peer, The Claiborne, McComb

July Minority Mental Health Awareness Month July 12-14 NAMI Basics State Training Course, Hampton Inn, Flowood August 10 NAMIWalks Mississippi Rally, 9:30am-noon, Jamie Fowler Boyll Park, Jackson October 5 NAMIWalks Mississippi, 9am, Mays Lake, LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, (registration 8:30am)

AFFILIATE & SUPPORT GROUP CONTACTS NAMI FOUR RIVERS (MS), REGION 11 Family Support Group 3rd Thursdays from 5:30- 7:00 p.m. Merit Health Natchez, 54 Sergeant Prentiss Dr., Natchez Contact: Emily Fox – 662.801.8700 Arrick Rice – 601.951.0887 NAMI CENTRAL MS (JACKSON), REGION 8, 9 Affiliate Meeting 3rd Thursdays at 6 p.m. Location: TBA Contact: Auvergne Williams NAMI Mississippi - 601-899-9058 namicentralms@gmail.com Family Support Group 2nd Thursday, 6 - 7:30 p.m. St. Catherine Room @ St. Dominic Hospital In the Basement by Cafeteria 969 Lakeland Drive, Jackson Contact: State Office - 601-899-9058 Connection Recovery Support Group Each Thursday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr. Contact: John McFadden - 601-956-1856 NAMI GULF COAST, REGIONS 13, 14 Connection Recovery Support Group Wednesdays at 1-2:30 p.m. Location: Mental Health Association of South MS 4803 Harrison Circle, Gulfport Contact: Courtney Wuest or Maegan Willis

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228-327-4644 NAMI PINE BELT (HATTIESBURG), REGION 12 Affiliate Meeting The Last Tuesday of the Month (January through October) at 6 - 7:00 p.m. Forrest General Hospital, Cafeteria Meeting Room 6051 US 49, Hattiesburg 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 Contact: Patricia Battle at 601-527-3734 or Jill Walsh at 601-917-1474 Connection Recovery Support Group Tuesdays, 5 - 7:30 p.m. Wesley House Community Center, 1520 8th Ave., Meridian Contact: Jill Walsh at 601-917-1474 jillrwalsh@hotmail.com NAMI OXFORD, REGION 2 Family Support Group 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. North Mississippi Regional Center, Administration Building, Highway 7 South, Oxford Contact: Hanne Gaychen - 662-234-9572 or 662-801-6530 Connection Recovery Support Group Sundays, 3:30-5:00 p.m. North Mississippi Regional Center,

Administration Building, Highway 7 South, Oxford Contact: Mary Harrington - 662-202-2922 ccmary@olemiss.edu NAMI VICKSBURG, REGION 15 Affiliate Meeting (Quarterly) 4th Tues. Jan./April/July/Oct. at 6:00 p.m. Call for specific dates. Merit Health Region West Conference Room (until further notice) 1111 North Frontage Road, Vicksburg Contact: Harriette Mastin at 601-630-9470 or 601-218-0843 Connection Recovery Support Group 1st Wednesday of the month, 4:30-6 p.m. Merit Health River Region West Campus, Conference Room 1111 North Frontage Road, Vicksburg Contact: Thomas Carson at 601-529-4677 or Thomas Spates at 601-619-9320 Family Support Group 1st Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Merit Health River Region West Campus Contact: Mary Pope at 601-437-3156 or Randall Williams at 601-630-7724

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