NAMI AAC Annual Meeting

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in Blog |

Thursday, April 12, 2018 7 pm – 9 pm Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church – Founder’s Room 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146 Open to public. Come learn about our services and all the exciting things we have planned for 2018. If you or someone you love has a mental health condition, this is a perfect time for you to explore our services.

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“Healthy Mind – Successful Life!”

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Blog |

Thu, February 15, 2018 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Arundel Lodge 2600 Solomons Island Rd Edgewater, MD 21401 Join Arundel Lodge and NAMI Anne Arundel County Chapter for an evening with Elise Banks, M.S., LPC, a licensed counselor and winner of Miss International 2015. Ms. Banks advocates internationally for mental health and serves as a National Ambassador for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). She is also an Executive Board member for NAMI Texas and for Menninger Clinic, a leading psychiatric hospital in, Houston, Texas. “Healthy Mind-Successful Life” will touch on: Pre-empting Crises through Self-care Her experience with Mental Health and the African American Community Combating Mental Health Stigma in the Community Your donation includes light refreshments and a T-shirt. Must attend event to collect T-shirt. Buy Tickets –...

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New Family to Family Class Starting in January

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Blog |

Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm January 25, 2018 – April 12, 2018 Location: 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. Pre-Registration Required E-mail: Call Pat:...

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The Alliance With the Arts

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Blog |

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...

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NEW: Crofton Area Connection Group

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Blog |

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...

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Understanding Your Emotional Response To Poetry

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Blog |

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 (  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 (—lists of literary magazines, contests, etc. (poem of the day) (poem of the day) (poem of the...

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