Be The One To Make A Difference

October 3, 2017

Last October, the International Association of Chiefs of Police launched the One Mind Campaign, which focuses on improving relationships between police and the mental health community and includes a commitment to train 100 percent of their agency’s sworn officers in Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the One Mind Campaign, and nearly 80,000 people trained in Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety, our #BeTheDifference campaign is focusing on the mental health of public safety officers and the communities they serve all month long.

Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference during the month of October:

  • Be on the lookout for more details on our October #BeTheDifference Twitter Chat. This month we’ll be talking all things mental health and public safety.
  • We’re blogging about mental health and public safety all month long. Stay up-to-date on all of our #BeTheDifference blogs and share them with your networks.
  • Check out this infographic about the mental health of public safety officers, and spread the word on social media.
  • Are you a public safety officer who has made an impact with Mental Health First Aid? We want to hear your story! Email to share your story for a chance to be featured on our blog.

The difference between someone getting the help they need or suffering in silence could be a friend, parent, teacher or coach who knows what to look for and how to engage people in open conversation. When that person is a police officer, the skills taught in Mental Health First Aid can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Thank you for doing your part to ensure that all public safety officers have the tools they need to enhance their interactions with mental health and their communities.

Advocacy Message: Maintain the Public Mental Health System

May 19, 2017
From the NAMI Michigan E-Newsletter, May 1, 2017
Executive Director, NAMI Michigan
I am angry! I am disgusted! I am tired! Tired of the disappointing need to remind our “elected” officials to do what is best for the people they are sworn to represent. Or maybe we have it wrong; maybe they are representing their true constituents, their campaign contributors? There, I said it! I’ve tried not to, but it needs to be said.
What’s the old saying: follow the money? Well it’s about time we opened our eyes and follow the money, because it appears the Michigan legislators who received the greatest campaign contributions from the Michigan Association of Health Plans (MAHP) are selling us down the river. And if they are not doing it for the money, they should provide us with facts that support why they are literally trying to give our public mental health system to the MAHP.
What the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have proposed for the 2018 behavioral health funding completely defies logic, the evidence, the voice of Michigan citizens and 14 months of work by the 298 Facilitation Workgroup. It is reckless, ill-advised and frankly without rational, unless you follow the money. … amendments to SB 135 (s-2) that established the goal of HMO control by 2020, and the Cox amendment to HB 4323 (H-1) should be withdrawn. Since Feb. ’16 (when Gov. Snyder proposed transferring CMH Medicaid mental health money and clients to the HMOs), the state has conducted three major reviews of the issue. First was a Lt. Governor’s 120-member workgroup; then 45 affinity group sessions across the state last fall; then a DHHS workgroup that issued reports in Jan. and March of ’17. At each stage of review, the concept of Medicaid HMOs controlling all mental health-related services and supports in Michigan was thoroughly rejected.
Private health plans have had two opportunities to demonstrate their ability to manage the behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability supports and services benefit. The first effort, running for nearly 20 years, is seen in the management, by the state’s private health plans, of the psychiatric and psychotherapy benefit for the state’s Medicaid enrollees. In communities across the state, Medicaid enrollees point to the inability to gain access to this benefit because the health plans have few, if any, psychiatrists and psychotherapists who will take new Medicaid patients.  Long waiting times exist for Medicaid enrollees who are seeking psychotherapy or psychiatry. In some communities, there are no psychiatrists accepting Medicaid patients, for whom the private health plans are managing the psychotherapy and psychiatric benefit for these Medicaid enrollees.
Additionally, while the private health plans have managed, for these two decades, the physical healthcare for the state’s Medicaid enrollees with mental health and substance use disorder, the state’s data show that these persons have some of the highest physical healthcare costs and die earlier than the rest of the state’s residents, even while their physical healthcare is managed by the private health plans.
In the second opportunity for health plans to manage the care of the vulnerable, as part of a multi-year demonstration project, private health plans manage the physical healthcare benefit for Michigan residents in four regions in the state, who are enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid (dual enrollees). These dual enrollees have significant health issues and/or disabilities. Although program automatically assigns these persons to a private health plan for their physical healthcare, when given a choice to stop these health plans from managing their care, 65% of these dual enrollees choose to leave these health plans.
The Final Report of the 298 Facilitation Workgroup as submitted to the Michigan Legislature can be found: Here
The 298 Workgroup was crystal clear on over 70 thoughtful recommendations put forth as a sensible way forward. One unequivocal position that we maintain public oversight of public dollars, not abandon our constitutional obligation or relinquish our moral charge to assist in supporting the dreams and aspirations of the most vulnerable persons to the private/for-profit health plans/insurance companies. The essence of this recommendation was co-drafted and voted for by the Michigan Association of Health Plans.
The assertion the process was rigged, or there was too much weight given to the people served – their voice was too loud in the process is disingenuous, and demonstrates the complete lack of concern the health plans have for the people we serve. True integration of care begins at the consumer – provider level, not at the funding or administrative level. This is simply a money grab!
This is not about party affiliation, it’s simply about doing what is best for the people we serve. In the coming days information disclosing which legislators received campaign contributions from the health plans, and how they are voting will be presented via the press. If those contributions are not the driving factors behind their support of the health plans, they have every opportunity to provide further justification.
What will it take for Michigan legislators to see their failure to achieve savings through privatization? Privatizing Flint via the Emergency Manager literally KILLED an entire town; economically, loss of life and diminished quality of life for generations to come. The Emergency Management oversight of the Detroit Public School System led to significant increases in debt and lower outcomes for students. Privatizing the Grand Rapids VA home was a complete disaster that totally disrespected our veterans and cost millions to correct. And let’s not forget privatizing the prison food system was another huge failure. All chasing false promises of savings. PLEASE STOP! Lives will be lost if our behavioral health system is turned over to the health plans. Savings can be achieved through our publicly managed behavioral health system. Below is the link to the contact information for the House and Senate Appropriations Committee members. I urge you all to contact them and demand they support the recommendations they requested from the 298 Workgroup, but are now ignoring. Click Here for 2017 Appropriations Committee Contact Information
I also ask that you all attend the Walk-a Mile Rally at the State Capitol May 10th from 1:30 – 3pm. No one is coming to help us but us. It is our responsibility to fight for ourselves. The health plans have the money and the lobbyist, but that doesn’t mean they have all the power! We must stop this money grab and honor the people we serve.
I try to be very careful with “Calls to Action,” but this one is very necessary. It’s time for all us advocates to ADVOCATE! Remember, we are BETTER TOGETHER!

Advocacy Meeting in Livonia on June 8, 2017

May 19, 2017

The information below is courtesy of the Michigan Health Association in Michigan (MHAM)

Special Advocacy Event: June 8, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Place Detroit/Livonia  |  19300 Haggerty |  Livonia 48152

What: The Latest on Federal Health Care Action  & Possible Privatization of Publicly Funded Mental Health Services in Michigan

MHAM President & CEO Mark Reinstein will update the latest information on these critical issues and respond to attendees’ questions.

*What will be the fate of the federal Affordable Care Act and funding for Medicaid under the Trump administration and the 2017 Congress? Has any definitive action occurred as of June? If not, what can we expect to possibly see?

*And in Michigan, where do matters stand on Governor Snyder’s 2016 proposal to transfer Medicaid mental health beneficiaries and funding from CMH programs to Medicaid HMOs? Are the FY-18 state budgets done? What do they say about next steps on this issue for Michigan?

*What can we as concerned citizens do about the above matters?

There is no cost to attend this educational session.

To reserve your spot, e-mail Matt Hudkins at or return the Word or .PDF registration form.

Word Form
.PDF Form

NAMI Lansing Members Contribute to Human Right Quilt

May 18, 2017

A special quilt with human rights themes is on display through June 9, 2017, at the Michigan State University Museum. The Project 60/50 Quilted Conversation Community Quilts collected quilt squares from many people on human rights that are important to them. The quilt is included in a larger display of provocative quilts. Read more about the exhibit here.

Here are some photos of the quilts, quilts squares, and quilters.

From Judith Fryer:

From Elizabeth Pratt:

Quilters Judith Fryer and Elizabeth Pratt


Release the Stigma:

In support of people with autism:

Walk a Mile in My Shoes – Photos from May 10, 2017

May 18, 2017

Here are photos from the rally for community mental health services at the Capitol on May 10, 2017.

NAMI Lansing Members at the Rally!


A big group from Clinton Eaton Ingham Community Mental Health

A big crowd


With some interesting messages!

NAMI Lansing 2016 Results

February 21, 2017

Crisis Intervention Team Training

Crisis Intervention Team Training was offered to 41 officers from the Tri-county Area.

NAMI Lansing participated with the Lansing Police Department, Community Mental Health, and other partners in the CIT Steering Committee and provided volunteers and other support for the Lansing area’s first ever Crisis Intervention Training. A second training is scheduled for April 2017.

NAMI Lansing Offered the Following Programs in 2016:

  • NAMI Family-to-Family
  • NAMI Peer-to-Peer
  • NAMI Basics
  • Family Support Group – Met twice each month
  • NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group – Met weekly
  • In Our Own Voice presented to many groups around the area including nursing students, church groups, and the Crisis Intervention Training for local police officers.
  • Parents and Teachers As Allies

New Programs Ready to Launch in 2017

Volunteers are trained and ready to go for:

  • Ending the Silence – a mental illness awareness and suicide prevention program for schools
  • NAMI Homefront – A class for families of veterans or active duty service members with mental health issues.

Special Events 2016

  • Co-sponsored showing of “Thank You for Your Service”, a movie about the experiences of veterans.
  • Mental Health Update – An evening of advocacy updates on national, state and local issues.
  • NAMI Walks 2016 in Grand Rapids
  • Winter party with Jeff the Magician
  • Annual Meeting, Picnic and Potluck in Okemos
  • Seminar on how to navigate private insurance for mental illness.

Community Networking and Advocacy

NAMI Lansing was represented at:

  • Sparrow mental health services mapping.
  • Statewide steering committee for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers proposal development.
  • Ingham County Mental health court
  • Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health Authority board meetings and Access Committee meetings.
  • Crisis Intervention Team Training Steering Committing

The Sun Behind the Clouds

March 25, 2016

The Sun Behind the Clouds: a percussion recital that is taking a look into real stories of mental illness through music.

Saturday, April 9th at 2pm

Cook Recital Hall in the College of Music Building

Completely free to anyone!

Come to hear great music together with many voices to show the reality of mental illness-its hardships, healing and hope. There will be new compositions and poetry read by Liz Karney, and a wide variety other music for percussion. Support mental illness and enjoy wonderful music at this event!

The Silent Epidemic

January 24, 2016

The Silent Epidemic: A Conference on Suicide

Information. Intervention. Hope.

Link to conference information

April 7-9, 2016, Plymouth, Michigan

There is fee to attend. They have an impressive schedule of speakers.

View more information at or call 313-236-7109.

Help Sort Out the Genetics of Schizophrenia and Related Disorders

December 13, 2015

The Boston VA is looking for families to help study the genetics of schizophrenia and related disorders. They reached out to NAMI to try to find qualified participants:

We are searching for families with a history of schizophrenia and related disorders, that is, at least three (3) members of the extended family must have each been diagnosed with one of the following:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Schizotypal personality disorder
  • Bipolar disorder with psychotic features

Family members can come from multiple generations, including siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.  They must live in the U.S., be over 18 years old and be willing to participate in the study.  While our research team is based at the VA Medical Center in Brockton, Massachusetts, family members do not have to be veterans and they can be located anywhere in the continental U.S. 

The study itself is very simple: it consists of a clinical interview and donating a blood sample, which our research assistant conducts right in the family member’s home.  Once completed, each participant receives a check for $130.00.

You’ll find attached a descriptive handout and a flyer for posting on bulletin boards. I’m hoping that you’ll be willing to distribute and post these flyers so that both consumers and family members can learn about this important study. You can also read about the study online by visiting Center Watch (click here).

Your help is very much needed and greatly appreciated. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss further.

Best regards,

Paul Nelson, M.Ed.
Clinical Research Coordinator
VA Boston Healthcare System
940 Belmont St.
Brockton, MA 02301
845-981-9514 Info Hotline


MSU Study of Caregivers

December 13, 2015

Here is another research opportunity from MSU:

My name is Samantha Lewis, MSW. I am a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy.

I am inviting you to participate in a research study that I am conducting as part of a required research capstone project. The primary goal of this study is to better understand the experiences of parents that have an adult child with a serious mental illness. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Detroit Mercy (1415-60).

Participation in this study involves completing an online survey at your convenience. The survey takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential and de-identified so that your responses are not linked to you in any way. All participants will be entered in a raffle for an opportunity to win one of two $50 Meijer or Visa gift cards as a token of my appreciation.

In order to participate, you must be:

  •  At least 18 years of age or older
  •   Have an adult child (that is 18 years of age or older), adopted child, or stepchild that has been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, or Major Depressive Disorder.
  •   Be married to your current partner or spouse OR be in a relationship with your current partner or spouse for a minimum of five (5) years.
  •   Have a spouse/partner that is also willing to participate in this study by completing this survey

Please contact Samantha Lewis at if you are interested in participating and a link to the online survey will be sent to you.

MSU Study: Sense of Community for Persons with Psychiatric Disability

December 13, 2015

The MSU Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies is looking for participants for a study about sense of community for person with psychiatric disabilities. The information below is from the research announcement.

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship among disability-related, personal and environmental factors in predicting sense of community for individuals with psychiatric disabilities using the strength-based holistic framework.

Who are we?

We are researchers from the Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at Michigan State University. This research project is directed by Boyang Tong, MA and Connie Sung, PhD.


Am I eligible to participate in this study?

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are an individual:

  • who are aged 18 or older;
  • who had been diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities/severe mental illness such as major depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia; and
  • have a 6th grade or above reading level.


How can I participate in this study?

You can participate by completing an online/ hard-copy survey comprising several psychosocial questionnaires, which will take about 35-40 minutes. Upon completion of the survey, you will receive a $10 gift card within three weeks. Please use the link to complete the survey:


If you are interested in taking the hard copy format, please contact Boyang Tong


Who will be benefit from my participation?

Your participation will generate useful data to help rehabilitation professionals and researchers gain a comprehensive understanding of the predictors of sense of community so as to provide more effective intervention services for people with psychiatric disabilities. Thus, your support and assistance are extremely important for promoting sense of community for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.


If I have questions, whom should I contact?

If you have any questions about this study, please feel free to contact Boyang Tong at



Thank you very much for your participation!!!

October 27, 2015

Jeffrey Loeb, producer of A Light Beneath Their Feet, contacted NAMI Lansing about the film which will show on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 4 PM at the East Lansing Film Festival, Wells Hall Theater C, MSU Campus. Tickets at $5 at the door. Mr. Loeb’s message and description of the film is below:


I would like to suggest an event in which I believe NAMI Lansing and the community will be very interested to attend.  I have produced a feature film titled A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET revolving around a family dealing with bipolar disorder that will be screening at the East Lansing Film Festival in November.  Copied below is more detailed information about the film:


A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET stars 2015 SAG Award-winning actress Taryn Manning (Orange Is the New Black) as a young mother with bipolar disorder struggling with the looming departure of her daughter, the one force of stability in her life.  Seventeen-year old Madison Davenport (Noah, From Dusk Till Dawn, and who next plays Tina Fey’s daughter in the upcoming Sisters), gives a breakout performance as a daughter struggling with the decision whether to stay local for college where she can remain the stable rock in her mother’s life, or to detach and go to her dream college across country.  Kurt Fuller, Nora Dunn, Kali Hawk, Maddie Hasson, and Carter Jenkins give standout supporting performances.

Authentic Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder

So often in films the portrayal of mentally ill characters are overblown and played to be sensational.  That is not what we wanted from our film; it was imperative that Taryn Manning’s performance as Gloria be subtle, nuanced, and most important — authentic.  To ensure authenticity, we sought advice from psychiatric experts as well as from those living with bipolar disorder.  We studied memoirs written by authors living with bipolar disorder to get a better understanding of how the condition not only affects a person’s inner thoughts, but also how it manifests in her physicality.  Linea and Cinda Johnson, authors of Perfect Chaos, an extremely personal and detailed account of Linea’s struggle to survive bipolar disorder and her mother’s attempt to save her, were particularly gracious to speak with director Valerie Weiss and Taryn Manning and provide additional insights into specific thoughts and behaviors Linea experiences living with bipolar disorder and those leading up to her suicide attempts.

Upon watching A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET, Cinda and Linea said:

“We sat together for a long time after watching the film finding our thoughts, our words and drying our eyes.  The acting was so, so good . . . Vulnerable, open, honest, wonderful.  It wasn’t the illness alone but the illness was woven into the love and fear of a young single mom.  It opened up experiences, memories, and old pain that we had all experienced . . . and deepened our own understanding.”

— Cinda Johnson, co-author of Perfect Chaos, the mother in a memoir about a mother and daughter dealing with the daughter’s bipolar disorder

“The movie was so beautiful.  I just wanted to tell you about our viewing experience from the perspective of someone who has been there.  I do have to admit that at times it was a little difficult for me to watch because it was so accurate.  I saw for the first time what my mania looked like from the outside and it was intense and real and painful and glorious. . . . It was deeply touching to know that you really took into account real lives to make this film.  I feel that your love and honoring of all those struggling really shows through, and at no point, like so many other movies, did I feel like you were using mental illness to exploit its irresistible strangeness and scariness. . . . Thank you for all your hard work and please tell Taryn that she was amazing and so spot on.  At no point did I ever question her acting or behavior.  It was so natural and accurate.  I really felt as though I was watching myself.”

— Linea Johnson, co-author of Perfect Chaos, the daughter in a memoir about a mother and daughter dealing with the daughter’s bipolar disorder

Linea’s quote touches on another one of the film’s goals.  We hope that A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET will help facilitate discussion and help alleviate the stigma associated with mental illness.  We focused on character dialogue and action to ensure that the film was a step forward in the conversation, and not in any manner exploitive.  In acknowledgement of achieving this goal, Glenn Close’s organization dedicated to the elimination of the stigma surrounding mental illness, Bring Change 2 Mind (, is endorsing A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET because of its truly authentic portrayal of a family dealing with bipolar disorder.  Bring Change 2 Mind is partnering with the film to promote it upon release, and to tap its national network of experts and advocates to attend panels and Q&A discussions at select film festivals and special screenings.  Bring Change 2 Mind’s executive director, Pamela Harrington, said:

“[This film] is really beautiful and most endearing.  It was heart wrenching and beautiful in its authenticity, all without producing stigma against mental illness in the portrayal or the film.”

— Pamela Harrington, Executive Director of Bring Change 2 Mind, Glenn Close’s organization founded to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness

The film will screen at Wells Hall Theater C on the Michigan State University campus on Saturday, November 7, 4:00pm
People can purchase tickets in person at the festival box office.
Also, here are links to our social media sites:
We would love to see you there, and would greatly appreciate if you could pass the word along to anyone and everyone you believe would appreciate seeing the film.

Send Silence Packing

October 3, 2015

MSU Active Minds had a moving exhibit of 1,100 backpacks representing the 1,100 college students who die from suicide each year. Active Minds reminds us that seeking help shows strength.







We’re in the Lansing State Journal!

September 8, 2015

NAMI Lansing was featured in the Lansing State Journal’s Nonprofit Spotlight on Sunday, September 6, 2015! Here is scan of the article. I will update with a link when it is available.

Filling the Gap – States address mental health issues

August 17, 2015

Some states are increasing funding for mental health services due to the desperate need in many areas. State Legislatures January 2015 issue summarizes some of the effective programs being funded around the country.  Read the article “Filling the Gap” by Suzanne Weiss.  Here are some examples from the article:

  • Additional funding in Texas of $250 million over two years only brought the funding back to the 1999 level.
  • Colorado use $18.5 million to start a statewide mental health crisis hotline and established 5 mental health crisis centers.
  • Oregon added $67 million in 2013 to expand residential psychiatric treatment and juvenile mentla health services.
  • Texas requires K-12 teachers and staff to be trained to recognize mental health issues in students.
  • Several states funded suicide prevention programs.

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: An In-Depth Report

August 15, 2015

The British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology issued a ground-breaking report:  “Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia.” The quotes below are from news coverage in Science Daily.

“The report is entitled ‘Understanding psychosis and schizophrenia: why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help’. It has been written by a group of eminent clinical psychologists drawn from eight UK universities and the UK National Health Service, together with people who have themselves experienced psychosis. It provides an accessible overview of the current state of knowledge, and its conclusions have profound implications both for the way we understand ‘mental illness’ and for the future of mental health services.”


  • “The problems we think of as ‘psychosis’ — hearing voices, believing things that others find strange, or appearing out of touch with reality — can be understood in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.
  • They are often a reaction to trauma or adversity of some kind which impacts on the way we experience and interpret the world.
  • They rarely lead to violence.
  • No-one can tell for sure what has caused a particular person’s problems. The only way is to sit down with them and try and work it out.
  • Services should not insist that people see themselves as ill. Some prefer to think of their problems as, for example, an aspect of their personality which sometimes gets them into trouble but which they would not want to be without.
  • We need to invest much more in prevention by attending to inequality and child maltreatment.”

Crisis Intervention Teams

August 4, 2015
It will be exciting to hear Sam Cochran speak on Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) here on October 7 and on Verbal De-escalation on October 8 during Mental Illness Awareness Week 2015. Details will be available soon. For now, consider that:
“At its core, CIT is a model of collaboration to improve how police, mental health services,
and communities respond to mental health crisis. The model brings stakeholders together to
advocate for the implementation of CIT, develop a program tailored to the community,
implement the training and supporting interagency agreements, and provide ongoing
collaboration.” from “The Crisis Intervention Team Model of Police Response to Mental Health Crises: A Primer for Mental Health Practitioners” by Amy C. Watson, PhD and

Anjali J. Fulambarker, MSW. Read the full article at this link to this excellent article on Crisis Intervention Teams.
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“Denied”: 60 Minutes Story on Insurance for Mental Illness

August 1, 2015

Check out CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 7 PM Eastern Time to see coverage of insurance problems in obtaining treatment for mental illness.


Family-to-Family Starts September 10, 2015

August 1, 2015



Family-to-Family, the most well-known of NAMI’s signature programs, will meet on Thursday nights, 6;30 to 9 PM, September 10 to November 19, 2015. The class will meet on the McLaren Campus in Lansing.

The class is taught by trained teachers who themselves have a loved one with mental illness. Learning about mental illness symptoms, coping skills, and communication methods can be very helpful, as is meeting others whose families have been affected by mental illness.

Mental illness is a brain disorder. Help is available and recovery is possible.

Register now for this FREE class by calling 517-484-3404 or emailing or submitting the Family-to-Family Registration Form.

For more information, read the Family-to-Family flyer, or give us a call at 484-3404.


NAMI Adult Ask the Doctor Call June 26th

June 12, 2015

From NAMI:

Adult Ask the Doctor Call

Save the Date: June 26th, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Topic: Strong Advocacy Effort Needed to Help Smokers with Mental Illness

Speaker: Dr. Jill Williams

Please submit questions for our speakers to and include “Adult Ask the Doctor Question” in the subject line. We will select a few questions to feature on the call before opening the lines to questions from the callers.

Friday adult conference calls with Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI’s medical director and a child and adolescent psychiatrist, take place on the fourth Friday of every month. The calls are toll free and are scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. E.T. To access the toll-free call, please dial 1-888-858-6021; access number 309918#.