Welcome to the website for the National Alliance on
Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts
Employment Law and Mental Illness:
Monday, March 24, 2014, 7 to 9 PM
NAMI-WM 3rd ANNUAL ART SHOW:
Third Annual Art Show such a great success!
The opening reception was Tuesday, Feb. 11 and was well attended at the Chicopee Public Library. We look forward to seeing you next year!
NAMI-WM from 8:30 -3:00 PM Monday – Thursday (413) 786-9139.
Family to Family Education Program - Knowledge is Power!
Mental Illness affects one in four people in the United States. Families dealing with mental illnesses and brain disorders of a loved one, young or old, greatly benefit from peer education and support.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts is pleased to offer a free 12-week Family to Family Education Program for family members, partners and friends of individuals with a range of mental illnesses including: Major Depression; Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression); Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder; Borderline Personality Disorder; Anxiety and Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Co-occurring Brain Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and more.
Our next class will be starting in the Fall in Northampton, more information coming. Pre-registration is required. Family to Family is a national education program that includes 12 weekly classes designed to help caregivers understand and support their loved ones with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being.
The course is facilitated by trained local NAMI family member volunteers who know what it's like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders.
You are not alone. VETERAN FAMILIES WELCOME! We can help.
For more information please call us at:
NAMI-Western Mass Office: 413-786-9139
Here’s your opportunity to become a trained NAMI Family-to-Family Teacher!
Friday, March 7th (9:30am) through Sunday, March 9th, 2014 (1:30pm), Framingham, MA
Registration required by February 28th, 2014
Our F2F course is taught by family members who have already taken a F2F course or attending one now.The F2F curriculum is designed to enable co-leaders who are not mental health professionals to conduct the classes.
The training is free and we provide all materials, meals and shared rooms free of charge. Teaching experience is not needed. Attendance is required for the entire training.
****Also looking for Bi-Lingual people to train in English and to teach a course Spanish****
SAVE THE DATE - OCTOBER 4, 2014 !
BE A PART OF "THE FACES OF NAMI-WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS" MEDIA PROJECT
People living with mental illness and/or their family and friends are invited to be photographed for this presentation, which will be featured at the October 4, 2014 Gala Dinner.
GALA DINNER KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KITTY DUKAKIS
NAMI-WM will hold a special one time gala fundraiser dinner in celebration of over 30 years of service to the community. The gala will be held at Chez Josef in Agawam on Saturday, October 4, 2014. There will be a guest speaker, community awards, peer speeches, a multi-media presentation, a wonderful meal, musical entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. We want to recognize all of the work NAMI-WM does for people in our community affected by mental illness. Most of all, it will be a night to celebrate with peers and their loved ones, to recognize and celebrate their journeys to recovery. So save the date! Hope to see you there!
FREE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
We are thrilled to announce that in 2011, NAMI was included in a select list of charities that meet the Better Business Bureau’s “Wise Giving Alliance” standards and was featured with other charities in a full-page ad in USA Today on November 29, 2011. Along with our recent upgrade to a four-star rating (the highest score) from Charity Navigator, this is a wonderful testament to our efforts to be good stewards of donors’ dollars.
We welcome you to browse our website for events in the area, up to date legislative and news information, area resources and more.
Bernice Drumheller, President, NAMI-WM