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 WELCOME TO THE MANHATTAN FLINT HILLS NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) HOMEPAGE Presidents Robert and Marilyn Dickens (785) 539-1091 or e-mail [email protected]


NAMI Kansas – Flint Hills Chapter:
An Affiliate of the
National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Kansas.

President: Contact Robert Dickens at (785) 539-1091 for more information

NAMI Kansas is a group providing information and support to the mentally ill and their families and friends.

When serious mental illness strikes you or someone close to you, you may feel very much alone. Obtaining access to services and support which can assist you through this difficult time is one of the goals of NAMI.


NAMI WALKS FOR THE MIND OF AMERICA-Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
The NAMI walk will be at Washburn University in Topeka. Topeka is one of 70 sites across the U.S. that will be helping to raise funds to educate the public about long term mental illness.

For more information about The NAMI WALK contact Robert Dickens, Manhattan, KS 785-539-1091 e-mail: [email protected] OR State NAMI WALK C0-0RDINATOR Elizabeth Potskowski, Topeka at 1-800-539-2660 or e-mail: [email protected]

Contributions will be accepted from those who aren't able to attend the walk but want to join in advocating for mental illness.


NAMI 2008 ANNUAL CONVENTION - Tomorrowland Today - Making Recovery Real! is July 6-9, 2009, at San Francisco Hilton, San Franscio, California. More information see www.nami.org/convention


WOULD YOU REALLY LIKE TO HELP BRAIN RESEARCH? - Contact Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA 02478, More information 1-800-BRAIN BANK (1-800-272-4622)

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NAMI KANSAS-FLINTHILLS SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS are held on the third Wednesday of the month, excluding July, at 7:00 PM at Pawnee Mental Health Services Adult Services Program building at 1558 Hayes Drive, Manhattan, Kansas. [Map] There is parking on the North and South sides of the building.

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APRIL 15th SUPPORT GROUP MEETING----------------------------------------DISCUSS and make plans for NAMI-Kansas Walk May 2, at Washburn University in Topeka. Discuss what members have been doing to encourage/soliciate donations. Establish a list of those planning to participate in the WALK. Discuss Walk T-shirts, etc.

REPORT on Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)--Carroll Hess & Robert Dickens.


NAMI KANSAS--FLINT HILLS web site--Marilyn Dickens



MAY 20TH SUPPORT GROUP MEETING at 7:00 p.m. Program to be announced.


"Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you should begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(How true this is when mental illness strikes a family.)




NAMI Kansas Flint Hills

President: Robert Dickens


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CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS: Anyone who is an advocate for someone with mental illness(es) needs to stay in contact with state and federal legislators.

Let them know your story in the fight against long-term mental illness. Families cannot survive without hospitals and treatments programs in our communities to treat diseases of the brain.

Contact NAMI KANSAS, Rick Cagan, Executive Director for information about specific bills before the House and Senate. [email protected] or www.namikansas.org

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"Why should I attend?" Many people find it difficult to do anything that would bring attention to a mental illness that they or a loved-one suffers from. Stemming from the stigma that society has placed with mental illnesses, fear of discovery overrides any motivational effort that a person might have in overcoming the diseases of the mind. Ironically, schizophrenia and the allied affective disorders are treatable once they are correctly diagnosed by a psychiatrist... but even getting to a 'shrink' is difficult for some people to do fearing 'what other people might think.'

But the longer anyone waits (for whatever reason), the more difficult it becomes to deal with it later on.
Do it NOW! Don't go it alone anymore. Give yourself and/or your loved ones a real chance at a meaningful life again.

Start with a support group... start by reading a book on affective disorders... start by getting professional medical help. The key is you being proactive with it and starting somewhere.

"What is Mental Illness?"

Choosing a Psychiatrist

About Psychiatric Medications

Finding a Psychologist

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