NAMI Lansing Party and Potluck
With Music by Mike Skory, Piano

Friday, March 17, 2017
5:30 to 7:30 PM
Clark Conference Center
Sparrow St. Lawrence Campus

Join us on St. Patrick’s Day for music, singing, and good food. Please bring a dish to share if you can, but in any case, plan on coming to be with NAMI Lansing friends. NAMI Lansing will provide beverages and paper products. This is a FREE event. No registration needed.

Park on the second floor of the parking ramp near the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Saginaw. Cross the pedestrian bridge to enter the hospital. The Clark Conference Center will be on your right.

Community Breakfast Event
Monday, March 20, 2017
Lansing Center * Exhibits Open at 8 AM
Breakfast Program Begins at 9:30 AM

Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health Authority is sponsoring “Connections and Directions”, a special FREE breakfast event for the community. Keynote Speaker is Derek Clark “…an acclaimed motivational speaker, author and rapping dad. But as a child in foster care, he was nearly institutionalized due to severe behavioral problems and violent tendencies. Having suffered brutal abuse and abandonment, he was prone to sever anxiety, distress and lashing out in anger.  Today, Derek share his motivation message of courage, hope and perseverance to help others find the strength to never give up.”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AT EVENTBRITE  or email or call Aleshia at 517-346-8238.

Parking will be validated.



A Community Conversation about Psychosis:
Psychosocial Treatment and Recovery

Thursday, March 30, 2017
5:30 to 6 PM Dinner and Networking
6 to 7:30 PM Presentation

CMHA-CEI Atrium, 812 East Jolly Rd, Lansing MI 48910

Guest Speaker Kate Hardy, Clin.Psych.D, Stanford University, has over 15 years experience working with people with psychosis. This FREE community event is for families, caregivers, consumers, and anyone interested in learning more about and supporting people living with psychosis. Dr. Hardy’s specialty is the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis.

or email or call 517-346-8238.

This special event is jointly sponsored by the Mruk Memorial Lectureship on Schizophrenia, the MSU School of Social Work, and Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health Authority.


Signature Program Schedule, Winter 2017

Registration is OPEN!
Call 517-484-3404 or email to save your place for these free classes. Visit our programs page for descriptions of these great classes.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

First Aid classes to help parents, teachers, and others with recognizing and assisting with mental health or substance abuse issues in adolescents from ages 12-18 will be offered by Community Mental Health on This one-day training is offered free to parents and those who work with youth, funded by a grant from the Department of Community Health.

Adult Mental Health First Aid

This class is for family members, first responders, law enforcement, policy makers, and members of the public.  The information in this course helps us to recognize mental health and substance abuse issues, offer appropriate help, and connect people to resources. Having information about mental illness helps reduce stigma.

To get a current listing of trainings for

Adult Mental Health First Aid &

Youth Mental Health First Aid

please go to or to register visit and search for “MHFA”.

Additional classes can be scheduled on request for groups of 15 to 35. Contact Ashlee Bailey at 517-887-5234 to schedule a training at your location.

 A Must-See WILX Series on Mental Illness

WILX recently did a series of special reports on mental illness. These segments featured NAMI members and others who shared their experiences and expertise. Please take time to view and share these links.

Segment on the challenge of finding mental health care It features NAMI Lansing member Maureen McMullen and NAMI Michigan Executive Director Kevin Fischer. The story originally aired 2/24/16.

Effective Early Treatment for Psychosis Available Locallywith Cathy Adams and Colin Spencer

Treatment and Public Safety featuring Margaret Keeler, Teresa Ritsema, and Judge Jamo

More links coming soon! Many thanks to WILX and the NAMI members and others who participated in this important series.

Family Support Group Schedule Change:
Now Meeting Twice a Month

Effective February 2016, the Family Support Group will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

All meetings will be held from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Partial Hospitalization Room at Sparrow Behavioral Health.

The twice-a-month schedule will continue until we have a more facilitators for this support group.

Opportunities to Participate in Research Studies

For persons with mental illness, learn about an MSU study regarding sense of community.

For parents of adult children with mental illness, participate in an online study regarding the impact of mental illness on caregivers.

For families with at least three cases of schizophrenia-type disorders, there is an important study regarding genetics of the illness. Could your family help?

Mental Illness Awareness Week Results
Crisis Intervention Teams:
41 Officers Received a 40-Hour Training

The first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training in the Lansing area was held in late November 2016. With outstanding support from the Lansing Police Department, Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health Authority, and other stakeholders including NAMI Lansing, the first 41 police officers from the Tri-county area received training. A second class is planned for April 2017.




Coming Soon!


NAMI Homefront is a new NAMI Signature Program, a 6 session class for family and friends of veterans or service members with mental health conditions that may arise while they are serving our country. The class is designed for the unique needs of military families. Funding from the Capital Area United Way will help us launch this program in Lansing!

 NAMI Calhoun County Offers Signature Programs

Check out the wonderful offerings from our neighbors at NAMI Calhoun County:


Capital Area United Way Honored
Margaret Keeler
As the 2014 Adult Volunteer of the Year!


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April 21, 2015 – NAMI Lansing’s members and friends are well aware of Margaret Keeler’s dedication and ceaseless efforts. Now the greater Lansing community will know it, too, thanks to the Capital Area United Way recognition of Margaret’s outstanding efforts on behalf of persons with mental illness and their families.

At the 2015 Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner held April 21 at the Kellogg Center, Margaret was honored for her long-time service as president of NAMI Lansing, her work to expand the NAMI signature programs offered in the Lansing including Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Connection, and NAMI Family Support Group, and her many hours of service to the community to further NAMI Lansing’s services.

Thank you, Margaret, for your many efforts on behalf of NAMI Lansing families. Thank you, Capital Area United Way, for recognizing the scope and significance of Margaret’s contributions.

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 Report from the Midwinter Party and Potluck

We had over 60 people come to our Midwinter Party at the Clark Conference Center. The potluck featured Chicken YaYa’s and a wonderful selection of other dishes and desserts. Wally Pleasant and Harmonic Buzz presented a fun and lively show, followed by the award of door prizes. Thanks to every who came and made this such a pleasant event!

Now Available:  Slides from
Dr. McFarlane’s presentation Oct. 9, 2014

View the slides here.  Thank you, Dr. McFarlane!

 Our Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014 Speaker on NPR

Read or listen to story about Dr. McFarlane’s work:  “Halting Schizophrenia Before it Starts” on Morning Edition, October 20, 2014.



NAMI Lansing in the News!

WKAR’s Current State:  Interview with Dr. McFarlane, our speaker for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Lansing State Journal:  Vicki Dozier Column featuring Dr. McFarlane and Catherine Adams

Margaret Keeler’s Column in the Lansing State Journal:  Many Avenues for Treating Mental Illness

City Pulse Brief about the event.

 Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014

Dr. William R. McFarlane spoke in East Lansing on October 9 about the evidence for the effective early treatment of psychosis.  Check out the photos!

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Advance Planning

NAMI Michigan Conference
May 19-21, 2016, Livonia, Michigan

NAMI National Conference
July 6-9, 2016, Denver, Colorado


Give Camp 2014:  NAMI Lansing on Facebook!

At Give Camp 2014 volunteer software developers and social media experts came togethers to help nonprofit organizations make improvements to their websites and social media capability.  NAMI Lansing was one of the fortunate participants.  Volunteers Jensie and John created our Facebook page, linked the blog to Facebook, and helped us with other tech issues and communications tips.  Thank you Give Camp!

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Mental Health Parity:

Final Rules Issued for 2008 Law

On November 8 final rules were issued to implement parity in insurance coverage provided for mental illnesses and other illnesses.  These rules will apply nationwide to employer-provided plans.  The Affordable Care Act provided parity in individual and small group policies.  Interim rules have been in place since 2010.   Read the ABC News article here.

Community Programs Help People with Mental Illness

On October 26, the Lansing State Journal printed a column by Mike Vizena, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, on the importance of community programs for persons with mental illness and developmental disability.  He notes the progress in moving away from institutionalization and the continued need to provide for adequate community services. He concludes:

During the month of October, we can raise awareness and remain vigilant in community efforts associated with improving mental health services. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act, and the legacy that John F. Kennedy left, we must remain cognizant of the progress we must still achieve to appropriately address the gaps in mental and behavioral health services. We need to encourage legislators and policy makers — through letters, phone calls and emails — to keep mental health services part of our society’s continued health care deliberations for the 21st century.

It’s always a good time to act on his recommendation and let policymakers know the importance and impact of services for persons with mental illness.  Find legislator contact information on the advocacy page.

America’s Mental Health Madness

An Audience of Close to 300 Came to Hear
A Presentation by Pete Earley

Close to 300 people came to hear Pete Earley speak October 9, 2013 on incarceration and mental illness.  The appreciative audience heard Mr. Earley’s story of his son’s illness, criminal problems, and recovery; the social forces that contributed to the change from institutionalization to incarceration as the primary holding place for persons with mental illness; and some of the shocking conditions in which inmates with mental illness are held in Florida, where Pete did research for his book Crazy:  A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.  The largest mental health facility in the nation is the Los Angeles county jail.  He also talked about programs that support recovery.

Pete Earley in East Lansing

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A Packed House at Hannah Community Center

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 The Speakers with Members of the Board and Volunteers

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Left to Right:  Elizabeth Pratt, Greta DeWolf, Kevin Keeler, Jed Magen, DO, Margaret Keeler, Pete Earley, Sharon Wright, Dan Wright, and Jamie Kelly

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Pete Earley signing his book.


Please see details and the logos of all of our sponsors on the event blog post. Our sponsors also are listed below. Thank you for your support!

The event was made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other sponsors include the MSU Federal Credit Union, Sparrow, MSU College of Nursing, Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Counties, the KAK Network, the MSU College of Human Medicine., the MSU Department of Psychiatry, the MSU School of Social Work, and the Mid-Michigan Spartans MSU Alumni Club.
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Our NAMI Walks Team 2013

Our Youngest Walkers

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NAMI Lansing Featured on WKAR’s Current State

NAMI Lansing President Margaret Keeler and member Cindy Lepard were interviewed on Current State in 2013, WKAR’s public affairs program.  Listen to the broadcast here.

For Families Facing Mental Illness, There is is Help Here

NAMI Lansing President Margaret Keeler, writing in the Lansing State Journal December 23, 2012, responded to the Newtown tragedy.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

More attention must drawn to how to recognize when behaviors and symptoms raise red flags as to a person’s mental wellness. Dedicated volunteers in communities across the nation, including here in Lansing, are regularly working to educate about symptoms of mental illness, treatments and support for individuals and families…Nationally recognized programs are offered right here in Lansing free of charge for individuals with mental illness (or symptoms of mental illness) and their families. Often families come to NAMI even if a diagnosis has not been established. The education is so very valuable to help guide families and individuals. NAMI advocates for changes in the system that would allow for greater access to proper diagnosis, treatment and recovery support.

Read the article here.  Please explore our website or contact us at 517-484-3404 or by sending an email to for information on NAMI Lansing’s resources for support of families and persons living with mental illness.

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