17th of May 2018 10:07 AM Link
NAMI Fox Valley is proud to be a collaborative partner on the Outagamie County Mental Health Court team, which is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year! Click here to learn more about this incredibly impactful alternative court.
15th of May 2018 09:28 AM Link
We know that every Facebook "like" increases our ability to get the word out about our programs, stay connected with our community, and provide support and encouragement from our screen to yours. So we celebrate the milestone of your giving the NAMI Fox Valley Facebook page 2,500 likes as of yesterday. We're so glad to have YOU as part of the NAMI Fox Valley community. We like you, too! 💚
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14th of May 2018 08:28 PM Link
Over 60 community members gathered tonight to hear youth mental health advocate, Mettie Spiess, share her powerful and impactful presentation “Empowering Voices to Save Lives,” focusing on how to support youth who live with mental health conditions and/or are at risk for suicide.

We look forward to Mettie’s return to the Fox Valley in June as the keynote speaker for our Children’s Mental Health For Professionals education program! For more information, visit https://www.namifoxvalley.org/upcomingtrainings/
We are grateful for a grant from Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, which provided financial support to help fund tonight’s event.
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11th of May 2018 01:39 PM Link
Thank you to the Downtown Appleton Farm Market for inviting us to join tomorrow's indoor market in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month!

Come visit us at our booth near Tropical Smoothie Cafe in City Center to learn more about our mental health programs. And help support those programs by picking up a new "be kind" shirt in your favorite color and style!
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10th of May 2018 08:11 PM Link
NAMI Fox Valley executive director, Maren Peterson, was proud to be one among a full house of community members supporting our great friends at Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley today at their annual Silent Samaritan luncheon.

Shown here, community pillar Sarah Companik, who has collaborated with NAMI Fox Valley in her role as a leader of ESTHER, was presented with the 2018 Connie Steele Woman of Strength Award.

Congratulations to Samaritan - and to Sarah - on a wonderful moment of support and recognition.
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7th of May 2018 05:31 AM Link
“UCLA’s Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) hopes to cut the global impact of depression in half by 2050. UCLA is using a four-pronged, interdisciplinary approach that combines the expertise of around 100 researchers across 25 university departments. It centers on a decade-long, 100,000-person study — the largest of its scope and scale in history.”
5th of May 2018 10:05 AM Link
“I am here today to tell anyone who can hear me: if you suspect that you have a mental illness, there is no reason to be ashamed, or embarrassed, and most importantly, you do not need to be afraid. You do not need to suffer. There is nothing noble in suffering, and there is nothing shameful or weak in asking for help. This may seem really obvious to a lot of you, but it wasn’t for me, and I’m a pretty smart guy, so I’m going to say it anyway: There is no reason to feel embarrassed when you reach out to a professional for help, because the person you are reaching out to is someone who has literally dedicated their life to helping people like us live, instead of merely exist.”
25th of April 2018 11:07 AM Link
NAMI Fox Valley's Iris Place program director, Paula Verrett, will give a presentation regarding the impact of trauma on mental health at the League of Women Voters of Appleton's April gathering.

All are welcome to attend the program, which takes place next Monday, April 30, at Copper Rock Coffee in Appleton. Networking starts at 5:00 and the program will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
24th of April 2018 03:00 PM Link
According to the 2016 Fox Cities Life Study, 12% of Fox Cities high school students have attempted suicide and 15.3% have seriously considered suicide. This heartbreaking statistic, which is higher than national and state averages, demonstrates that suicide awareness and prevention are vital to saving lives.

Join us on May 14 to hear nationally renowned speaker Mettie Spiess present "Empowering Voices to Save Lives" -- a program focusing on youth suicide prevention and supporting adolescents in crisis.

The event is open to all community members and will captivate the audience through the unmasking of Mettie’s journey living with mental illness, experiencing suicidal loss, and uniting communities to find their voice.

Although registration is requested, there is no charge for this event, which was made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

Please register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efa03fo734c5e271&oseq=&c=&ch=
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24th of April 2018 01:05 PM Link
Come visit us this Saturday at Bazaar After Dark in Little Chute to learn about our upcoming programs and activities and to pick up your summer 2018 "be kind" gear!

We look forward to seeing you there!
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23rd of April 2018 11:32 AM Link
“'What I’ve found is that … the biggest threat to the disease is the [lack of] general knowledge that people have,' Welsh said. 'I think the biggest way that we can fight ignorance and really improve the stigma against the disease is just to educate people. That’s what I’d love to do moving forward if I get an opportunity to keep having that platform. I’d love to be an advocate for that. I think that’s the biggest piece of the pie is educating people and keeping them informed.'”
15th of April 2018 06:25 PM Link
NAMI Fox Valley's Franklin Street office is closed tomorrow, Monday April 16, and NAMI FV support groups and classes are CANCELED due to weather conditions.

As always, individuals experiencing mental health challenges can contact our Iris Place warm line to receive peer support over the phone or to discuss a short-term stay at Iris Place Peer Run Respite Center by calling 920-815-3217.
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3rd of April 2018 02:09 PM Link
Don't forget to reserve your tickets for the Mental Health Matters luncheon on May 1!

You won't want to miss keynote speaker, Chris Prochut, a former Illinois police commander whose own lived experience let him to become a nationally recognized mental health and suicide prevention advocate.

50% of the proceeds from the luncheon will be donated to NAMI Fox Valley.
Event https://www.facebook.com/events/188581821742493/
Mental Health Matters Luncheon
Erin Davisson will host the luncheon. Keynote speaker is Chris Prochut, a former Illinois police commander whose own li...
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16th of March 2018 03:23 PM Link
We were honored last night to be joined by an intimate group of NAMI Fox Valley sustainers and giving circle members for an evening of fellowship and reflection at the History Museum at the Castle. After opening remarks and a reception, the group was invited for a private tour of the award-winning exhibit “Asylum: Out of the Shadows”.

To local followers who have not yet seen this powerful exhibit, we encourage you to do so before the exhibit ends its 19-month run in June.

For more information, see: http://www.myhistorymuseum.org/asylum.html
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6th of March 2018 05:46 PM Link
"Mental health isn’t just an athlete thing. What you do for a living doesn’t have to define who you are. This is an everyone thing. No matter what our circumstances, we’re all carrying around things that hurt — and they can hurt us if we keep them buried inside. Not talking about our inner lives robs us of really getting to know ourselves and robs us of the chance to reach out to others”
6th of March 2018 11:47 AM Link
NAMI Fox Valley is so grateful for the many years that Norma Czarnik served as a facilitator of our Appleton teen support group.

While Norma is tremendously missed, her legacy lives on in the incredible number of individuals who benefited from her compassion and support.
20th of February 2018 07:51 AM Link
NAMI Fox Valley's Franklin Street office is closed today, Tuesday February 20, and NAMI FV support groups and classes are CANCELED due to today's weather conditions.

As always, individuals experiencing mental health challenges may contact our Iris Place warm line to receive peer support over the phone or to discuss a short-term stay at Iris Place Peer Run Respite Center by calling 920-815-3217.
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19th of February 2018 12:58 PM Link
NAMI Fox Valley support groups and classes are CANCELED for the evening of Monday February 19 due to today's weather conditions.

As always, individuals experiencing mental health challenges may contact our Iris Place warm line to receive peer support over the phone or to discuss a short-term stay at Iris Place Peer Run Respite Center by calling 920-815-3217.
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1st of February 2018 05:29 PM Link
The generous financial support that so many community members and organizations give to United Way Fox Cities helps to fund programs of many local nonprofit organizations, including programs of NAMI Fox Valley.

As our executive director comments in today's UWFC blog, "Here’s to anyone reading this who contributes to their workplace United Way campaign — and I know that’s a lot of you: you are heroes."
25th of January 2018 08:48 PM Link
The NAMI Fox Valley staff gathered tonight for our annual staff New Year celebration, taking time to acknowledge hard work and successes of the past year and to share excitement about all that lies ahead in 2018.

We are grateful to be on this journey with all of you — our program participants, volunteers, and supporters. We look forward to working together through the coming year to continue to break down stigma, nurture hope, and promote mental health and recovery in the Fox Valley and beyond.

From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year!
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