Thursday, August 13, 2015

NAMI Meetings present Carla Fry on Personality Disorders through October

NAMI Amador Friends & Supporters — As you may have heard we are fortunate to have Carla Fry, MS return to our NAMI meetings in August (8/25), September (9/22) and October (10/27) to lead informal and and informative discussions about an area of mental illnesses that aren’t often addressed in NAMI classes and written materials, but are important to recognize.

The first meeting is coming up soon - Tuesday August 25!  Below is a press release and a flyer about these three meetings.  We would be grateful if you can post or share these with others who may be interested - the general public is invited to learn more.

If people you know are family members or someone living with a mental illness, they are welcome to come and stay on for family support group or a mini-Connection group following our meeting from 6:45 - 8:00PM.
NAMI Amador is offering a free three-part overview of signs and symptoms of personality disorders at their monthly meetings, Tuesdays August 25, 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 yourself.  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.

Tuesday, August 25  - Cluster A personality disorders are characterized by odd, eccentric thinking or behavior. They include paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder and schizotypal personality disorder.

Tuesday, September 22 -- Cluster B personality disorders are characterized by dramatic, overly emotional or unpredictable thinking or behavior. They include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.

Tuesday, October 27 -- Cluster C personality disorders are characterized by anxious, fearful thinking or behavior. They include Avoidant Personality Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder.

All 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.  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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jackson Nurse wins $5,500 National Contest

California Nurse Wins a Prescription for Relaxation

San Mateo, CA, August 11, 2015 – RN Amanda Cooper gives 110 percent for her patients, but soon she’ll be “giving in” to a relaxing, luxurious getaway at the world-famous Chocolate Spa at The Hotel Hershey® in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Amanda is the latest winner of California Casualty’s “Give A Nurse A Break” contest. A co-worker and her husband will be joining Amanda and her husband in enjoying an all-expense paid, three day trip, which includes chocolate massages and other special treatments at the spa.
“I can’t believe this is happening; I never win anything,” said Amanda.
Amanda provides care in the very busy emergency department at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, California, where she has worked for six years.  “I enjoy helping others but sometimes we get so busy with our jobs that we sometimes forget that what we do is very hard work and important to a lot of people.”
She and her husband are insured with California Casualty and noticed the “Give A Nurse A Break” contest on the company’s Facebook page. Her name was picked from more than 30,000 entries nationwide.
Winner Amanda Cooper (r) with California Casualty representative
Amanda Keidel who presented her with the prize.
“Those in the nursing profession work incredibly hard for their patients,” said California Casualty Sr. Vice President Mike McCormick. “We want to let them know how much we appreciate the care and healing they give, often under stressful conditions.”

Past winners include:
·         Joyce, RN, Naperville, Illinois
·         Lisa, LPN, Victoria, Texas
·         Evan, RN, Birmingham, Alabama
·         Tracie, RN, Farmington, Connecticut

Entries for the next California Casualty “Give A Nurse A Break” trip to the Chocolate Spa at The Hotel Hershey® are now being taken at

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