Help us Screen the Film “Suicide: The Ripple Effect”

Join NAMI and the Veterans Administration as we screen the 90-minute documentary “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” on Saturday, March 14, 3 p.m. at Regal Moline Stadium 14.

Reserve your ticket today. We need to reserve 44 more tickets to bring this showing – so reserve today! https://gathr.us/screening/22738

Download the Flier Here: Suicide_The_Ripple_Effect_Quad Cities_Screening_Flier

View the Trailer Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LytKNC405oI

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NAMIWalks Greater Mississippi Valley Honorary Chair Announced

Colleen Rafferty of Moline, Ill., is the 2017 NAMIWalks Greater Mississippi Valley honorary chair.  An advocate for persons living with a serious mental health condition, she will work with NAMI to bring awareness to the September 23 – 5K Walk. This is a fun, family event that supports a serious cause: educating family and peers on living well with a mental health condition.

“As past Board Chairperson of the Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health, it’s been my privilege to stand with NAMI and others in our great community to fight the stigma associated with mental illness,” said Rafferty.

“Virtually every family is touched by mental illness in some way. My own family is no exception. Having suffered myself from post-partum depression and anxiety, I know first-hand how devastating – and how treatable – mental illness can be,” she said.

Rafferty is a marketing consultant and the former Executive Directors of Women’s Connection – a business women’s group. She now serves on the board of directors for the Moline Library, UnityPoint Health – Trinity Medical Center and Trinity Regional Health System.

Register to walk or donate today  www.namiwalks.org/greatermississippivalley

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NAMI Smarts Teaches Family Members and Peers Advocacy

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is offering a free training to teach individuals living with a serious mental health condition, and their family members, how to advocate by telling their personal stories. The training will be held Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CASI, 1035 West Kimberly Road, Davenport. There is no charge for this training and lunch is provided.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is designed as a series of three 1-2 hour workshops or modules or as a single full-day training that develop the following skills:

  • Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds
  • Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call
  • Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official

The unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience.

Register by Tuesday, March 28 is required. Please call 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 or email at coordinator@namigmv.org.

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