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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
October 4, 2014
A post about the NAMI Family-to-Family class published in the Carolyn Hax chat in the Washington Post yesterday:
MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE FAMILY
Dear Carolyn, This is more comment than question. I want to say muchos kudos for directing your readers to NAMI Family to Family course. It is free, and it saved my life. My husband went from the depths of depression to flying rages. I had followed the advice given in class – safety first. All his guns were gone, except the one rifle that had been his grandfathers and had sentimental value. I locked it in the trunk of my car. When the day came that he wanted it, I of course would not tell him where it was. He searched the house with increasing agitation, at one point tearing cupboard doors off their hinges. He lunged at me screaming, “Is that what they taught you in your little class?” At first I stood paralyzed in fear, but his words shook me back to my senses. Yes, they taught me safety for myself first and above all. You cannot help your loved one if you are endangered yourself. Seeing my chance, I flew out the back door, barefoot down the gravel drive and across a highway to the nearest neighbor. They called 911, the sheriff arrived and took him to a hospital. Our road to recovery was never easy, but it started with the NAMI class that I am certain saved my life (and his by default). The class is much more than a support group. It is a twelve-week learning session covering all aspects of mental illness and preparation for family members for when those bad days come. I appreciate seeing you mention this valuable resource in your columns. I wish every family knew that most communities have a NAMI chapter offering the course.
CAROLYN HAX :
What a frightening, inspiring, and humbling story. Thank you so much for sharing it, and thank you, NAMI.