Due to uncertain weather conditions, both the Connection Group meeting on Thursday, September 13 and the one meeting on Sunday, September 16 have been cancelled.
Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church 6:30pm to 9:00pm
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.
FREE but must pre-register. Contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-647-6233
July 9th – August 27th
Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Arnold MD
FREE but MUST REGISTER AND ATTEND ALL 8 WEEKS
Contact Heather at email@example.com to sign up
NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 8-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery.
Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach.
Peer-to-Peer 8-week Class
May 16, 2018 6 to 9 p.m.
Anne Arundel County Department of Health
3 Truman Parkway, Lower Level Conference Rm.
Annapolis, MD 21401
An event geared towards families, utilizers of the public behavioral health system and the general public, aimed at increasing general knowledge of mental health services in Anne Arundel County. Speakers from Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, National Alliance on Mental Illness—Anne Arundel Chapter, AACMHA Crisis Response System, Partnership Development Group, Arundel Lodge and other local service providers.
Mental Health 101 Flyer
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.
“Healthy Mind – Successful Life!”
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 – $10
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.