Welcome to the Flint Hills Chapters
of Manhattan, Kansas USA
TO THE MANHATTAN FLINT HILLS NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI)
HOMEPAGE Presidents Robert and Marilyn Dickens (785) 539-1091 or e-mail
NAMI Kansas Flint Hills Chapter:
An Affiliate of the
National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI
President: Contact Robert Dickens at (785)
539-1091 for more information
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
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,
There is parking on the North
and South sides of the building.
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.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE UPDATE--Bobbie Kromm.
NAMI KANSAS--FLINT HILLS web site--Marilyn
ALL ARE WELCOME.
MAY 20TH SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
at 7:00 p.m. Program to be announced.
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
Choosing a Psychiatrist
Finding a Psychologist
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