January 25, 2018 – April 12, 2018
Woods Memorial Church
611 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard
Severna Park, MD 21146
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.
The Alliance With the Arts
Board member Tyler Calabrese, PsyD presented a session titled “The ‘Alliance’ With the Arts” at the NAMI Maryland Conference on Friday, Oct. 27. He was joined by Anthony LaVorgna, Jr. of Ant Hill Studios. The session discussed the benefits of using art to start discussions about mental health, and how art is used as therapy. Michael Drummond, Executive Director of Arundel Lodge, had some paintings on display from the Open Eye Gallery.
NEW: Crofton Area Connection Group
Our Connection Support Group is expanding. Currently our Connection Group (for those who have a mental illness) meets weekly, every Sunday evening at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Arnold, Maryland from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. and this will not change.
A second Connection Support group will start on a Thursday, October 19th. This Connection Support Group will meet twice a month (second and fourth Thursday’s) at First Baptist Church, 1690 Crofton Parkway, Crofton, Md. from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Our Connections Groups are lead by trained facilitators.
We are so proud of our Connection Leadership Team(s) and the work they are doing on behalf of their peers. Please feel free to attend either or both groups.
For information about our Connection Support Group(s) please contact Peggy@301-262-0540, or email peggy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding Your Emotional Response To Poetry
With Poetry being a big piece of our Fundraiser event (Speak your truth!: A night of emotional expression through words), we wanted to share some resources to better understand the art & encourage your own writing. Valerie Bacharach, a published poet & educator, provided some useful tips from workshops she hosts. Read her emotional and inspiring story here (http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2015/04/14/A-published-poet-teaches-writing-to-women-recovering-from-addiction/stories/201504140007). Hope this augments your experience with poetry, whether you make it to our event or not…
RESPONDING TO POEMS:
What do you admire about the piece?
What is your emotional response to the piece? Try to articulate what you see going on in the poem. Some poems have a specific focus, some are more language-driven.
Are there any places of confusion?
Details: Any favorite details?
Words: Are there any words and phrases you particularly admire? Any you think are overused, redundant, or could be more precise?
Images: Consider two or three images the writer uses and comment on their effectiveness. Does the poem need more and/or different images? Are there too many images—that distract?
Sound/music: Consider examples of language with effective musical quality such as rhyme—full or half, internal, end-rhyme, alliteration.
Pauses: Do line-breaks and stanza breaks enhance rhythm and create any surprises, create a nice “flow”?
Comparisons: Does the poet use any form of metaphor: simile, direct metaphor, extended comparison, personification …Any favorite comparisons?
SOME WRITING PROMPTS:
Write a poem about your childhood not by telling a story, but by using objects.
Write a poem using the title “Self Portrait as…”
Using a family photograph, write a poem based on it.
Make a list of words that are powerful to you: for example—memory, soul, truth… then pick one or more to use in a poem, or pick one and use it several times within one poem, but in unusual ways.
Choose one object, whatever pops into your mind first, write one or two lines about it. Now, look around a room in your house, in school, a store, list several objects to use in a poem that begins: “There is always…”
Write about anything & it is OK to use swear words (but too much use takes away the power of those words). The only thing not to do is write something that is deliberately mean.
SUGGESTED POETRY RESOURCES/JOURNALS:
Poets and Writers website (www.pw.org)—lists of literary magazines, contests, etc.
writersalmanac.org (poem of the day)
https://www.poetryfoundation.org (poem of the day)
Poets.org (poem of the day)
SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT – How It Works and Its Importance to Recovery
Join us for this FREE educational event featuring guest speaker Bette Stewart from the Evidence-Based Practice Center at the University of Maryland Medical School.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7pm – 9pm at Woods Memorial Church.
611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146.
Lite refreshments will be served.
See the calendar for dates, times, and info.
Mike and Peggy look forward to seeing you there!