Tuesday, September 3, 2013

NAMI Amador Announces Special Events during Mental Illness Awareness Week in Octobe

NAMI Amador (the Amador Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Amador County Behavioral Health Services are pleased to announce two very special events during Mental Illness Awareness Week. These events are open to the public at
no charge. All are encouraged to attend as we begin an important conversation about  mental health in Amador County.

The first event, an Anti-Stigma Stroll, will take place Sunday, October 6 beginning at 4PM at First 5 on Broadway Street, around Sutter Amador Hospital, and ending back at First 5. Participants are encouraged to wear a t-shirt or pin with a positive message about mental health or wellness. Water and refreshments will be available.

The second event will take place Thursday, October 10 from 5:30-7:30PM at Thomi’s Ballroom on Highway 49 in Jackson. This event will feature key segments from PBS documentary “A New State of Mind,” narrated by Glenn Close, first-hand accounts of local experiences with mental illness, and a discussion of mental health in our community. For those interested in learning about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and how to help, a brief introduction to Mental Health First Aid training will be provided, along with an overview of the groups and services offered by NAMI Amador.

A light meal will be served. NAMI Amador is a local nonprofit agency that  provides support, education and advocacy for persons with serious brain disorders (i.e., mental illnesses) and their families. For more information about NAMI Amador and the programs they offer, please contact Kelly Trottier at kjtrottier@volcano.net or at 209-223-1485, x226.

These events are funded by the Mental Health Services Act, through a competitive grant awarded to NAMI Amador from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). For more information about these special events, please contact Christa Thompson at cthompson@amadorgov.org or 209-223-684.1

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