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Oxford Spring 2018 Update

The biggest news from the Oxford NAMI Affiliate is that we are offering a Family-to-Family class this spring. It has been several years since we have taught the F2F class here, so we are pleased that Lynn and Ken Gilbert have agreed to teach the class. Lynn is currently a NAMI Mississippi board member, has taught classes in the past, and is very active in our organization. Her husband, Ken, has been a long-time supporter of NAMI and renewed his teacher training certificate last August. We are so grateful to our first husband and wife teaching team!

The Family-to-Family class began on March 20 and will be held on Tuesday evenings, from 6-8:30, at the North Mississippi Regional Center. We are excited to announce that nine people are currently enrolled for the class. Thanks to the folks in the NAMI Mississippi Jackson office for designing posters to assist us with advertising the class. Several of our members worked with reporters from our two local papers to promote the class. 

The Oxford NAMI Affiliate’s support group continues to grow and thrive. We are happy to report that several newcomers have joined us recently. For quite some time now, we have been putting an announcement in the local paper about the support group, and we believe that is encouraging people to attend. We meet the second and fourth Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., and usually have about 10 people in attendance.

Our affiliate was very surprised and pleased to learn about a donation from Parkwood Behavioral Health Center in Olive Branch. Parkwood has a program where employees pay $1.00 to wear blue jeans on Fridays, with the money being donated to a worthwhile charity or organization they choose. We were pleased that they chose to support us, and we will use the funds to promote NAMI.

We continue to foster our relationship with the Ole Miss Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and will be working with them on their upcoming mental health program on April 5th.

The Oxford NAMI Connection Group continues to meet every Sunday from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., but now meets at the North Mississippi Regional Center, rather than Baptist Memorial Hospital. The group keeps growing and they enjoy going out for dinner once a month. Several of the members have expressed an interest in attending the NAMI National Convention in New Orleans.

– Submitted by: Mary Harrington

T.J. Ray of the Oxford Eagle wrote about NAMI Oxford’s support groups in his article about mental illness. (Courtesy NAMI Oxford)

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