Central Mississippi Spring 2018 Update
NAMI Central Mississippi held an affiliate meeting on April 3 at Christ United Methodist Church. This was a speaker’s meeting with perspectives from a peer speaker, Kawanna Jenkins, and a family speaker, Pat Montgomery. At the meeting, we stressed the need to build our affiliate into a more robust and active part of NAMI Mississippi. Another focus for 2018 will be to increase our participation in local events, both to raise our visibility and to partner with worthwhile causes.
Our early afternoon NAMI Connection group meets every Thursday at Cups in the Quarter (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite D-10, Jackson) from 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., and participation has been encouraging. We have recently added a second NAMI Connection meeting, which meets biweekly on Thursdays at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 West, Jackson) in the Ruth Wilson Executive Board Room from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which people learn from each other’s experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
Our spring NAMI Peer-to-Peer course is also being held at Hinds Behavioral Health Services. The session began on March 12, and Monica Wolters and Latasha Willis are the facilitators. NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a 10-week, recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges. Be sure to sign up for NAMI Mississippi’s e-newsletter and follow them as well as NAMI Central Mississippi on Facebook so you will be notified when the course is offered again.
Also, the NAMI Family Support Group meets on second Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive, Jackson) in the St. Catherine Room. NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.
Read more about NAMI Central Mississippi on our web page: https://namims.org/affiliates/nami-central-ms/.
– Submitted by: Auvergne Williams