4th of August 2017 12:03 PM Link
NAMI Fox Valley is thrilled to be co-locating with Catalpa Health when their new Waupaca clinic opens this October!

Our small, NAMI Fox Valley branch office will be operated out of space at the clinic and will be staffed part-time by a member of our leadership team. We look forward to using this opportunity to significantly broaden and deepen our Waupaca-based education and support programs!
1st of August 2017 08:59 PM Link
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1st of August 2017 08:38 PM Link
Thank you to The Post-Crescent (Appleton-Fox Cities, Wisconsin) for highlighting the Ascend Initiative (a joint program of NAMI Fox Valley and the Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities) in today's paper.

The primary goal of the Neenah-based program is to dramatically increase the future life opportunities of young adults who live with mental health challenges. By leveraging the stability of safe, affordable housing in conjunction with mental health support, education, employment, and basic living skills, program participants will be set up for a lifetime of success and self sufficiency.

The program launched with an initial group of participants in late June and will be accepting a limited number of additional participants. If you or a young adult you know may be interested in applying, please contact the Ascend Initiative's program director, Jen Kelley, at jen@housing-partnership.org for more information and to receive an application!
27th of July 2017 11:50 AM Link
NAMI Fox Valley is proud to announce that Paula Verrett, who has served as the agency's Recovery Specialist since 2012, will be stepping into a new role as the director of our Iris Place peer run respite program.

Paula has been involved with NAMI Fox Valley for two decades in both volunteer and staff capacities. Over that time she has designed several successful peer-based programs, taught countless mental health trainings and courses, and served on numerous task forces and advisory committees.

Paula is recognized in Wisconsin and nationally as an expert in the field of peer support and served on the Wisconsin DHS Advisory Committee that helped to create the state's peer run respite program. She received her masters degree in social work from the University of Oshkosh in 2014 and has been certified by the State of Wisconsin as a peer specialist since 2012.

We are thrilled to have Paula assume the Iris Place Director position and look forward to the program's continued success and growth under her leadership.

For more information on the Iris Place program, please visit our website: https://www.namifoxvalley.org/about-iris-place/
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23rd of July 2017 08:25 PM Link
Attention Mile of Music fans!!

Fox River House, one of the premier Mile of Music concert venues, is once again raising funds to benefit NAMI Fox Valley and United We CAN by auctioning off tables in a roped-off section with great views of the bands and private service access!

This is the third year of the auction and funds raised over the past two years have made a true difference in helping to support our free-of-charge mental health programs. We are so very grateful to Fox River House for their support and hope that our music-loving friends in the Fox Cities will consider bidding on this unique opportunity!
20th of July 2017 06:13 PM Link
We're waiting for you in front of the WeatherVane Restaurant! Come join the kindness revolution and support mental health programs in the Fox Valley! #bekind
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20th of July 2017 01:00 PM Link
We love to get pictures of you and your family and friends spreading the "be kind" message throughout the community and beyond! We received this great pic this morning from the team at the Sturm Memorial Library in Manawa.

The "Library Ladies" (Ellen Connor in pink, Carol Trantow in purple, and Lyn Hokenstad in blue) wrote, "Many libraries are involved in the summer reading program Build a Better World. We couldn't think of a better way than to Be Kind to others. We have gotten many positive comments when wearing these. It's a simple, yet powerful message."

Thank for your support of NAMI Fox Valley, Ellen, Carol, and Lyn, and thanks for all you do to build that better world!
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20th of July 2017 09:10 AM Link
We'll be waiting for you at our "be kind" table at tonight's Bazaar After Dark! Come say hi, learn more about our mental health programs, and pick up a be kind shirt (now available in a variety of colors)! See you tonight in Menasha!
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20th of July 2017 05:00 PM
1st of July 2017 12:02 PM Link
Former Vice-Presidential First Lady Tipper Gore joined the NAMI annual meeting via video this morning to announce her million-dollar gift to expand the reach of NAMI's Ending the Silence student-education program. "We must end stigma," Ms. Gore emphasized, "so people feel free to get the healthcare they need."
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29th of June 2017 01:18 PM Link
NAMI Fox Valley staff and volunteers traveled to Capital Hill today along with approximately 1,000 NAMI members from across the county to spend the day advocating on behalf of mental health issues. Pictured here is the NAMI Fox Valley contingent along with Wisconsin District 8 Representative Mike Gallagher, who spent about half an hour talking with us about mental health coverage. #Act4MentalHealth #NAMIcon17 #hillday
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24th of June 2017 10:42 AM Link
We're at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market today! Come say hi and get your kindness on with us in Houdini Plaza! #bekind
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22nd of June 2017 10:52 PM Link
And, just like that, year two is the books and our summer spaghetti dinner officially has become a tradition!

We are grateful to the more than 200 NAMI FV friends and supporters who braved the rain and humidity to join together tonight in fellowship, foodie-worthy pasta, and so much fun! The funds raised will help to keep our mental health programming strong throughout the summer.

Special thanks go out to the many volunteers who worked so hard to make the evening a success; to Christopher Gold for donating his time, talent, and CD-sale proceeds (and to his son, Oliver, for joining in!); to the New Horizons Band, for sharing their musical stylings; and to all of those who came together to create magic tonight. Your collective impact is larger than you can imagine.
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22nd of June 2017 03:16 PM Link
Program visionary and benefactor Lynne Cumings Keller cut the ribbon today at the grand opening of The Ascend Initiative, a joint program of NAMI Fox Valley and the Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities. The program will provide transitional housing and supportive mental-health and life-skills programming to young adults living with mental health challenges.

The primary goal of the Neenah-based program is to dramatically increase the future life opportunities of at-risk young adults. By leveraging the stability of safe, affordable housing in conjunction with mental health support, education, employment, and basic living skills, program participants will be set up for a lifetime of success and self sufficiency.

"NAMI Fox Valley is thrilled to launch this program together with the Housing Partnership," said NAMI Fox Valley executive director, Maren Peterson, who is pictured here holding the ribbon, with Housing Partnership executive director, Joe Mauthe, holding the other end. "The Ascend Initiative will undoubtedly be a game-changer in the lives and futures of some of our most vulnerable community members."

Along with the vision and enormously generous gift from Lynne Cumings Keller, the launch of the program is made possible through grants from The Basic Needs Giving Partnership and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.
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21st of June 2017 10:30 PM Link
NAMI Fox Valley is thrilled for our friend and collaborator, Catalpa Health, who received a grant to help establish a Waupaca branch to expand the reach of their awesome youth mental health counseling services.

We are even more excited that we will be co-locating with Catalpa to operate a limited NAMI Fox Valley branch in Waupaca once the new facility is established. We look forward to eventually offering multiple support groups and educational programs in the Waupaca area!
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30th of May 2017 06:02 PM Link
Kind minds think alike! NAMI Fox Valley friends Scott Peeples (Executive Director of the Fox Valley Warming Shelter) and Tony Gonzalez (Vice President of Community Development of United Way Fox Cities) both showed up to Appleton's Memorial Day Parade on Monday wearing our favorite shirt! Thanks for the support, Scott and Tony!

Do you have a fun picture of yourself or friends and family showing "be kind" pride in a NAMI Fox Valley shirt? Send it our way! We love seeing your pics! #bekind
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23rd of May 2017 01:26 PM Link
Register now for NAMI Fox Valley's annual "Children's Mental Health for Professionals" training, which will be offered June 12-13, 2017.

This seminar, which can be taken as either a one-day or two-day training, is designed for professionals who work with children ages 3 to 18 and wish to better understand children living with mental health challenges. Please read below for a summary of the training topics and register at the following link or call us at 920-954-1550 for more information:
Monday topics include: emotional regulation, treatment options, issues faced by LGBTQ individuals with mental health conditions, and NAMI's "Ending the Silence" program.

Tuesday topics include: trauma-sensitive schools, pathways to substance use disorders, a mother's journey and testimonial, and making every moment count in the school setting.
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23rd of May 2017 08:57 AM Link
NAMI Fox Valley is always so happy and proud to see graduates of our peer specialist training program putting their talents to use in the Fox Cities community. Pictured here is certified peer specialist Rosemary Fraser (center), who is now a staff member at Homeless Connections, presenting at Homeless Connections' annual report to the community this morning!
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12th of May 2017 08:08 PM Link
Congratulations to our friends at Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley for their well-deserved Innovation Award for Excellence in Community Response. Samaritan's Wellness Screen program has been a game-changer for identifying mental health concerns among some of our most vulnerable community members: our teenagers. Thank you, Samaritan, for your awesome work!
9th of May 2017 04:58 PM Link
In an effort to improve understanding and acceptance of mental health challenges, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin asked youth and young adults to submit short videos about what they wish society understood about mental health.

We are so thrilled to share with you the winning video by Hortonville High School junior, Jen Killam. Take 60 seconds to watch Jen's video and to celebrate the efforts of Jen and her classmates to help break down mental health stigma!

We are also very grateful to Jen for donating her award funds to NAMI Fox Valley in support of our mental health programming!
9th of May 2017 02:47 PM Link
Much has been written recently regarding the Netflix television series "Thirteen Reasons Why." This week, NAMI (the national organization) issued the statement at the attached link regarding concerns about the series. The statement also includes links to a number of resources for teens, parents, and educators.

NAMI Fox Valley joins NAMI in deep concern regarding the way in which the series addresses suicide. Perhaps most significantly, as the statement notes:

"The show’s premise alone stirs up a lot of concern for people in the mental health community because this show is a suicide revenge fantasy. Through these tapes, Hannah receives all the support and love she needed in life after her death. It is a dangerous perspective for everyone, but especially young adults—the series’ target audience—most of whom don’t realize the finality of death. They may not understand that Hannah is not actually receiving this support, it just seems that way—through the magic of television. But for Hannah, it is too late."