September 24, 2016 on Belle Isle, we had four Washtenaw County teams. They raised over $14,000, which will be divided between NAMI Michigan and our local affiliate. Thanks to everyone who made this such a success. We hope to see even more of you next fall for 2017 NAMIWalk!
Last year our own Washtenaw Walkers took to the trail at the NAMI Walk Michigan on Saturday, September 26thon Belle Isle. We joined 89 teams from around the state and were third in our fundraising efforts. Our team included nine members: Office Manager Barb Higman, Sandy Gale, board member Pat Root, Board Vice-President Tyrone Kelsey, Karen Kelsey, board member Bill Feiser, Alison Paine, Martin Wood, and Team Captain Fawn Kieliszewski. Our fearless leader and Board President, Mark Creekmore, biked all the way from Ann Arbor to join us on Belle Isle. Our team raised over $5,000!
We had another successful turnout for the Paths to Recovery conference of 2016. On October 29, this one-day conference was held at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District building on S. Wagner Road, Ann Arbor.
See our conference page at Paths to Recovery 2016 for our update. Follow us on Facebook at NAMI Washtenaw County and Twitter at @namiwc.
To read about the 2015 Paths to Recovery conference, see our 2015 conference page.
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“If you have bipolar disorder, please consider contacting Celeste Liebrecht at the U of M to participate in this important study that evaluates treatment approaches for the disorder. It consists of participating in a 15-minute interview. There is no further obligation. If you know someone who lives with bipolar disorder who would be comfortable being interviewed, please forward this information to him or her.”
It’s rare that a national publication devotes a series about mental illness over the course of a year. But that’s exactly what USA Today did. In 11 installments, the newspaper published the series The Cost of Not Caring: The Financial and Human Toll for Neglecting the Mentally Ill.
The paper’s in-depth commitment to the topic has made an important contribution to national dialogue about mental illness—an issue that too often is neglected or subject to stigma. From how mental illness is subject to legal discrimination, to comedians using stand-up as education and therapy, to medical breakthroughs, the breadth and scope of content is vast. NAMI considers the series one of the most significant developments for mental health in 2014. As the nation’s largest newspaper, with a circulation of 3.3 million people, it raised awareness like few media outlets have ever done.
To see the NAMI blog post in its entirety, and access links to the USA Today articles, click here.