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4 Rivers Summer 2017 Update

Courtesy King’s Daughter’s Hospital/Facebook

Since the last newsletter, 4 Rivers has held its first affiliate meeting on February 15, 2017, at King’s Daughters Hospital in Brookhaven. We had a wonderful turnout and are extremely thankful to everyone who came, including one of our guest speakers, Beverly Pettigrew, who shared her In Our Own Voice testimony.

In keeping up with the momentum to spread awareness of our new affiliate and information on mental illness, a second community meeting was held on May 9, 2017, at the Lincoln County Public Library in Brookhaven. During this meeting, Amber Bowman and Pam Bowman, representatives from Regions 8 and 11’s Crisis Teams, respectively, presented information about services and access to services on both crisis teams. T.A. Boyd, local and retired therapist, also gave a presentation on her journey of being a caretaker of an individual with mental illness. The next affiliate meeting is scheduled to be held in Pike County at the McComb Public Library, September 19, 2017, from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. The guest speakers are expected to be Chief Deputy Johnny Scott of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, and Curtis Oliver, president of Faces and Voices of Recovery MS, vice-president of the Association of Mississippi Peer Support Specialists and the NAMI 4 Rivers Advocacy Officer.

As a part of building relationships in the community, an Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority chapter has hosted a NAMI awareness event on April 22, 2017, and its Alcorn chapter is in the process of constructing a mental health discussion panel to be held in the near future. On July 28-30, 2017, five members of the 4 Rivers affiliate attended the 2017 NAMI Signature Programs Training Academy. Harold and Nancy White have been trained to facilitate the Family-to-Family support groups. Curtis Oliver, Latoya Coleman and Stacie Webb have been trained to teach the Peer-to-Peer course. More information on when these will begin will be found on the state website when time, dates and locations have been determined and approved. For more information about NAMI 4 Rivers MS, please email 4riversmsnami@gmail.com.

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