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.

Midwinter Party and Potluck

January 7, 2015

Join us for our annual Midwinter Party and Potluck—

Featuring a performance by Wally Pleasant!

Midwinter Party and Potluck
Friday, January 30, 2015
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Clark Conference Center
Sparrow – St. Lawrence Campus
1210 W Saginaw, Lansing

Please bring a dish to pass. Beverages, main dish, and paper products will be provided.

Park on the second floor of the parking ramp near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. St. and East-bound Saginaw, then cross the pedestrian bridge to the building. The Clark Conference Center will be on your right.

Snow Policy: If the Lansing Public Schools are closed that day due to bad winter weather, the party will be rescheduled. Here’s hoping for good weather and that the polar vortex stays away this year!

Photos from NAMI Walks 2014

November 29, 2014

Photos from NAMI Walks 2014 at Heritage Park in Canton.  We had a great day and a wonderful turnout.




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Photos from Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014

October 15, 2014

A New Reality:  Prevention of Major Mental Illness with Dr. William R. McFarlane
October 9, 2014 at Hannah Community Center, East Lansing

Catherine Adams introduced Dr. McFarlane:



Dr. McFarlane took the stage:



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A big audience!





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Beautiful refreshments!

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And of course our sponsors:

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Our Generous Sponsors for Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 4, 2014

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A New Reality: Preventing Major Mental Illness

October 4, 2014




Carolyn Hax: Thank you, NAMI

October 4, 2014

A post about the NAMI Family-to-Family class published in the Carolyn Hax chat in the Washington Post yesterday:


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.

What a frightening, inspiring, and humbling story. Thank you so much for sharing it, and thank you, NAMI.

– October 03, 2014 1:34 PM


NAMI Walks on Saturday, Sept. 27

September 25, 2014


American Psychiatric Nurses Association – Michigan Chapter

April 26, 2014

NAMI Lansing had a display today at the Statewide Conference for the Michigan Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.  Thank you, Psychiatric Nurses!

American Psychiatric Nurses Association - Michigan Chapter


Photos from the Pete Earley Event

November 19, 2013

Here are more photos from America’s Mental Health Madness with Pete Earley on October 9, 2013 at Hannah Community Center.  Photos by NAMI member Marybeth Smith.

introduction of speakers 1     President Margaret Keeler welcomed the audience.  Dr. Jed Magen, left, and Pete Earley, right.










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Dr. Magen introduced Pete Earley.










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Pete and Margaret









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Pete Earley signing his book.  35 copies were sold at the event!












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These are just a few of the volunteers from Holt High School and East Lansing High School who helped with the refreshments, welcomed attendees, and served as ushers.









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News Coverage of the Pete Earley Mental Illness Awareness Event

October 12, 2013

NAMI Lansing President Margaret Keeler was interviewed by Mona Shand of the Public News Service about America’s Mental Health Madness with Pete Earley, our Mental Illness Awareness Week event.

Listen to excerpts from the interview and read the article “Mental Illness Awareness Week Marked in Michigan”.

The Lansing State Journal covered the event in the People News column by Vickki Dozier on October 9, 2013.

View the article “People News:  Pete Earley to Speak on Mental Health”.

Pete Earley was interviewed on WKAR.  Listen to the October 7, 2013 interview on WKAR’s Current State.

Lansing Online New Radio on Lansing Community College station WLNZ 89.7 hosted Margaret Keeler, NAMI Lansing president, and Elizabeth Pratt, 2nd vice president, on October 7, 2013.  Co-publishers Bonnie Bucqueroux and Bill Castanie interviewed Margaret and Elizabeth about mental health issues and the Mental Illness Awareness Week event.

A Sister’s Call: Follow up on a great event

September 13, 2013

Panelists for A Sister’s Call

Panelists from A Sister's Call

Left to right:  Rebecca Stanley, Director; Margaret Keeler, NP and President of NAMI Lansing; and Jen Stanley, MD.

Nearly 100 people attended the showing of A Sister’s Call, the honest and moving film by Rebecca Schafer presented on September 11 by Community Mental Health in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act. The film follows Rebecca as she tries to assist her brother who has mental illness and who appears again after 20 years on the road.  The movie explores the impact of mental illness on family relationships.  It traces with openness and honesty the effect of mental illness in the family over several generations and reveals the different ways that it was handled over time, as the family could be increasingly open and direct in discussing and dealing with these difficult issues.

Attendees enjoyed pizza and then watched the film.  After the movie, Rebecca Schafer, the director of the autobiographical film, appeared on a panel with Jen Stanley, MD, and Margaret Keeler, Nurse Practitioner and President of NAMI Lansing.  The panelists responded to many questions from the audience.  The discussion was moderated by  Jim Geisen.

Family-to-Family Class in Marshall Starts Sept. 9

September 8, 2013

Family-to-Family is a free education and support program for military families and others who have relatives with mental illness.  It is a 12-week course for families and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is taught by trained family members who have lived this experience.  All course materials are furnished at no cost to you. Many family members describe the impact of this program as life changing. Join the thousands of families just like yours who have gained information, insight, understanding,and empowerment.   View the flyer about the class and the curriculum.

The class meets from September 9 to November 25, 2013 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Wright Medical Building connected to Oaklawn Hospital
215 E Mansion
Marshall, MI 49068

Information and Free Registration:
Contact NAMI Lansing at 517-484-3404 or ghaff99432@aol.com



America’s Mental Health Madness: A Special Even for Mental Illness Awareness Week

August 29, 2013

America’s Mental Health Madness

October 9, 2013 Event Connects Mental Illness Awareness Week and the Great Michigan Read

Pete Earley, former Washington Post reporter and author of Crazy:  A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, will speak at Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at the invitation of NAMI Lansing, the local affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Earley will speak on the experiences of persons living with mental illness and their families, the incarceration that often occurs in the absence of medical care, and the barriers to providing treatment.  His perspective is informed by extensive research on mental health services and the criminal justice system and his personal experience as the father of a son with bipolar disorder.

Earley’s account provides context for Annie’s Ghosts, the book selected by the Michigan Humanities Council as the Great Michigan Read for 2013-2014.  Annie’s Ghosts, by Michigan native Steve Luxenberg, a former colleague of Earley’s, describes the stigma, secrecy, and frequent institutionalization of the mentally ill in the mid-twentieth century, factors that kept his aunt’s existence a secret even from her nieces and nephews.

In Michigan it’s estimated that over four times as many people with mental illness are in prison or jail than are in hospitals.  Incarceration has replaced the institutionalization described in Annie’s Ghosts.  The Great Michigan Read brings statewide attention to mental illness in Michigan and this related event, supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be held during Mental Illness Awareness Week which is October 6 to 12, 2013.

“America’s Mental Health Madness” is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will follow the presentation and Earley will be available to sign his book.  Please thank our generous sponsors:

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MSF Federal Credit Union

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Keven Alan Kelly Action Fund

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MSU College of Human Medicine

MSU Counseling Center MSU Counseling Center

 Michigan State University – Department of Psychiatry

Michigan State University – School of Social Work


Capital Regional Community Foundation

Community Mental Health Authority of
Clinton – Eaton- Ingham



NAMI Lansing, the tri-counties’ voice on mental illness, is an all-volunteer organization that provides family education and support, including weekly support groups for consumers and family members of persons with mental illness.  For more information please visit www.namilansing.org or call 517-484-3404.

Great Michigan Read: NAMI Lansing Receives Grant

August 18, 2013

NAMI Lansing has received a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council for an event related to the Great Michigan Read.  This funding will help support a special event during Mental Illness Awareness Week that provides context to the Great Michigan Read selection Annie’s Ghosts.

“America’s Mental Health Madness” will feature Pete Earley speaking on the current practices and gaps in mental health care, and the dismaying frequency with which persons with mental illness are imprisoned.  Join NAMI Lansing for Pete Earley’s presentation:
Who:  Pete Earley, Author, Speaker and Former Reporter and Colleague of Steve Luxenberg’s at the Washington Post
What:  America’s Mental Health Madness
Where:  East Lansing Hannah Community Center Auditorium, 819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing
When:  Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Cost:  FREE

Stay for refreshments and a booksigning after the event!

This event is sponsored in part by the Michigan Humanities Council.

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Photos from the NAMI Lansing picnic

June 13, 2013

Our picnic was June 11 at Sharp Park.  It was a very nice setting and a lovely evening. Thank you to the over 50 people who turned out and helped make this such a pleasant occasion.

Our grillmaster

Our grillmaster

photo of picnic

photo of picnic

Feedback Project: Let Us Hear from You

March 16, 2013

Thank you to those who have posted.  Any more comments?  Leave them below.

Where are the gaps in behavioral health services in our community?

At the recent meeting on Navigating the Mental Health System, participants and audience members identified problem areas in obtaining mental health services, such as long waits to see psychiatrists and difficulties when children turn 18. Please visit the blog and leave a comment about gaps that you see in services.  Your participation will help guide us our work and advocacy and will suggest questions that we raise at the NAMI Michigan conference and in other forums. We’ll report on the results in a future newsletter.   This is a moderated discussion.  Comments will be posted after review.  Comments will be reviewed daily.


View Silver Linings Playbook February 25

February 20, 2013
Come with NAMI Lansing to view Silver Linings Playbook.
  • NCG Eastwood Cinemas at Eastwood Towne Center, off Lake Lansing Road.
  • Monday, February 25, showtime 6:20 p.m
  • Discussion after the film in the cafe at the theater led by Celia Guro, Ph.D., Director of Personal Counseling and Health Promotion, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Cost of tickets: $8.50 per adult

NAMI states: “This is one of the good ones.” It is a story of a young man living with bipolar illness who returns to live with his parents after a breakup of his marriage and hospitalization. It is both a comedy and a drama.   See a description from NAMI here.  See Katie Couric’s interview here .

  • If you are living on very limited income, please call NAMI Lansing, 484-3404 to make reservations.

Lansing State Journal: Casting Light on Mental Health in Michigan

December 23, 2012

The Lansing State Journal’s Scott Davis wrote on December 23, 2012 about the mental health services in Michigan, those available and the large gaps that remain.  Please read the entire article here  and the related comments published December 22, 2012 in the Outlook section of LSJ. These are More Awareness Needed on Mental Health Issues by Linda Burghardt, President of NAMI Michigan, and For Families Facing Mental Illness, There is Help Here by Margaret Keeler, President of NAMI Lansing.

Here is an excerpt from LSJ, Casting Light on Mental Health in Michigan:

Unmet mental health needs

Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties has identified these areas of mental health care, among others, as needing improvement locally:
• Housing options for persons with mental illness and developmental disability, including transitional, supervised housing for those leaving a psychiatric facility. Officials say finding affordable housing often is difficult for these patients.
• Services for at-risk youth with mental health needs in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Officials say the number of youths in these systems with unmet needs continue to grow.
• Early intervention services for children and adults experiencing job loss, homelessness, marital discord, homelessness, sexual assault or violence.
• Long-term therapy for persons with substance abuse disorders. Short-term therapy leads more frequently to relapse.
• Crisis response for adults experiencing mental illness who need prompt support and treatment.
• Mental health services for older adults, a growing segment of the population.

Contact NAMI Lansing at 517-484-3404 or info@namilansing.org and explore our website for information on assistance, support, and education provided locally by NAMI volunteers.

Family-to-Family Starts January 17, 2013

December 8, 2012

Family members of persons with mental illness are welcome to register for Family-to-Family, the NAMI signature program that offers information, support, and coping skills in dealing with neurobiological brain disorders.  This course is taught by trained NAMI Lansing volunteers who have experienced mental illness in a family member.  This curriculum covers topics including recognizing symptoms, medications, self-care, and resources.  The 12-week course meets each Thursday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. from January 17 to April 4.  It meets at the McLaren Education Center, Classroom A, located at the corner of Washington and Greenlawn on the McLaren Greenlawn Campus.  The education center is shown on this McLaren map.  The Education Center is on S. Washington Ave. near the McRee House.  The course is FREE, but space is limited.  Please register now by emailing info@namilansing.org or calling 517-484-3404.