Read Rick’s interview with Jonathan Turner of Argus/Dispatch here
The Greater Mississippi Valley affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold a kickoff event for NAMIWalks, a signature fundraising event to support free education programs for families living with a serious mental health condition. The event is hosted by NAMIWalks local presenting sponsor UnityPoint Health – Trinity and the Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health.
The kickoff event will be held Monday, August 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Baked Beer and Bread Company, 1113 Mound St, Davenport. The program starts at 5:30 p.m.
The featured speaker will be honorary walk chair and UnityPoint Health – Trinity CEO Rick Seidler. “I’m honored to raise awareness about one of the most important issues our communities face,” he said. “I have personal experience with severe depression, which regrettably led to my father completing suicide when I was a young adult.” Through his NAMIWalks role, Seidler will speak out to break the social stigma surrounding mental illness and encourage persons to seek help for this treatable health condition.
Persons interested in forming a walk team or sponsoring the September 22 NAMIWalks event, are invited to attend the kickoff. Register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-386-7477 Ext. 266. Posted in NAMIWalks
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.
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With nearly 1,200 persons walking today (and a lot of dogs and kids in strollers!) we’ve raised more than $92,000. There is still time to support our education programs. We offer nationally-developed courses taught by trained local volunteers. These are family members or peers living with a serious mental health condition who have been “there” and can help others navigate to provide stronger family structures and paths to recovery.
All of these evidence-based programs are offered free to our community. We can do this because of the support by individuals just like you. Please follow this link to make a donation.
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What a powerful champion we have in Heidi Huiskamp Collins. She’ll be leading the 2016 NAMIWalk. Heidi joined Paula Sands to tell her story. See the video here: http://bit.ly/29KY6OK
Join Heidi and register your walk team today: namiwalks.org/greatermississippivalley Posted in NAMIWalks
July 15 Luncheon Kicks Off Fundraising Season for Family Mental Health Education and Support
We’ll hold a kickoff luncheon for NAMIWalk, our signature fundraising event to support free education programs for families living with a serious mental health condition.
The featured speaker will be honorary walk chair and Blackhawk Bank & Trust Senior Vice President Heidi Huiskamp Collins of Rock Island, Ill. An advocate for persons living with mental illness, she will work with NAMI to bring awareness to a fun, family event that supports a serious cause.
“We must work together as a community to raise awareness about mental health disorders and encourage individuals and families to seek help without the stigma so often associated with mental illness. I lost my best friend, Amy Helpenstell, to complications from anorexia in 2003,” said Huiskamp Collins. “A mental health disorder diagnosis is not a hopeless predicament. I live a wonderful, full, and very productive life after navigating my own eating disorders and now managing bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. I feel fortunate to be here today—to be able to give back to my community and my profession.”
Huiskamp Collins helped found the Quad Cities Eating Disorders support group. She serves on the board of directors of the Amy Helpenstell Foundation, the executive committee of the board of directors at the Two Rivers YMCA, and the audit and finance committee for Friendship Manor.
The July 15 luncheon is free to anyone interested in organizing a walk team or learning more about NAMI.
The event will be held at Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. The program begins at noon. Register for the luncheon by July 1 at email@example.com or 563-322-8870.
The luncheon is sponsored by Robert Young Center and UnityPoint Health–Trinity. Posted in NAMIWalks