Monday, September 14, 2015

NAMI Sept and Oct meetings present speakers on Personality Disorders and Therapy Dogs

NAMI Amador Friends & Supporters — NAMI meetings may not be top of mind right now, as many of us are unhoused and perhaps still in danger.  We hope and pray for your safety and for good outcomes.
Later this month, Tuesday September 22 we hope we can turn our minds to our second in a series of talks by Carla Fry, on Personality Disorders. This month she will talk on Cluster B, which includes Borderline Personality Disorder.  We are fortunate to have her speak because she makes complicated subjects very accessible and interesting.  The NAMI meeting is from 5:30 - 6:3-PM in the Meadow Room in the Outpatient Bldg. at Sutter Amador Hospital.  As with all NAMI services, the meetings are free.
On Tuesday October 27 Ms. Fry will return to lead informal and and informative discussions about a third cluster of Personality disorders that includes obsessive-compulsive disorder. These types of mental illnesses aren’t often addressed in NAMI classes and written materials, but are important to recognize. This is also held in the Meadow Room, at Sutter Amador Hospital.

On Tues, November 17 the NAMI meeting will welcome guest speaker Margaret Blair, well-known for her skills in training dog owners to bring out the best in their animal companions, and for her amazing ability to rescue many dogs by helping them become adoptable.  She also has extensive knowledge in the vale and training of dogs to become therapeutic companions to people with mental illness and other health challenges.

Following the meetings we have a brief break and return with our monthly Family Support group. If there are attendees living with a mental illness, they are welcome to come and stay on for a mini-Connection Peer Support group following our meeting, also from 6:45 - 8:00PM.  

Below is more information:

NAMI Amador is offering a free overview of signs and symptoms of personality disorders at their monthly meetings, Tuesdays September 22 and October 27
These discussions will include strategies on how to communicate and offer assistance to someone with a Personality Disorder while taking care of you.  They are informational only, and not intended to diagnose personality disorders.
People with these disorders have rigid and unhealthy patterns of thinking, functioning and behaving. They have troubled relationships -- socially, in work and school and often blame others for their difficulties.
Types of personality disorders are grouped into three clusters, based on similar characteristics and symptoms. Many people with one personality disorder also have signs and symptoms of at least one additional personality disorder.  Cluster A was presented in August.
Tuesday, September 22 -- dramatic, overly emotional or unpredictable thinking or behavior characterizes Cluster B personality disorders. They include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.
Tuesday, October 27 -- anxious, fearful thinking or behavior characterizes Cluster C personality disorders. They include Avoidant Personality Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder.
On, Tuesday,  November 17, NAMI Amador is honored to have our renowned speaker, Margaret Blair, who will talk about therapy dogs and their benefits to people living with mental illness and other health challenges.
September and October meetings will be held at Sutter Amador Hospital, Meadow Room in the Outpatient Building from 5:30 – 6:30 PM, the fourth Tuesday of each month.  In November the meeting will be held in the MultiConference Room, Main bldg.. Sutter Amador Hospital.
Following meetings, for people who have family members with mental illness, NAMI conducts a free Family Support Group from 6:45 – 8PM.  If attendees are individuals living with mental illness who wish to participate in a support group, NAMI also provides a Connection Support Group during the same timeframe.
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the US.  Our NAMI Amador affiliate receives support from Amador County Behavioral Health through Mental Health Services Act funds.
For more information, please contact,   or 223-1485, x266

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