Tonight’s NAMI Meeting

I am behind on blogging my NAMI experiences. I still have to talk about our State Conference and the Transforming to Wellness Conference a week or two after that. I procrastinate when it comes to using my keyboard for anything other than gaming or celebrity’s boobs. For email I mostly use my iPhone. I wonder if Siri can take dictation. As you may or may not know May is Mental Health Awareness month. We’ve worked NAMI booths at the hospital, Miller-Coors beer plant and other locations. There I think that list all the events and conferences I am behind on blogging about but I’m not catching them up tonight. No tonight I want to talk about the significance of this evening’s NAMI meeting. You see the way it works is at the start of each meeting the entire group is together for either a guest speaker or just a short series of announcements. After that we break into two separate groups. BTW theres a reason I’m explaining this as you shall soon see. Ok the two groups are: Family to Family support group and the Peer to Peer support group. I am in the Peer to Peer as its for people with a diagnosed mental illness. Family to Family group is for relatives and caregivers of someone with a mental illness. Why this matters to me tonight is this evening for the first time ever my wife,Wendy, accompanied me to the NAMI meeting and she sat with the relatives and caregivers group. Approximately two hours later my Peer to Peer group wrapped up and I went next door to find Wendy. She was wiping away tears as she had shared what it was like being a bipolar’s spouse. She also joined NAMI tonight though I’m sure she won’t be as active as I am. That’s ok. Tonight was a good night for me.

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My local NAMI group. Hugs to them all.

About 4 or 5 months ago, actually around the same time I decided leave the MMO known as WoW, I reached out to and joined my local NAMI Chapter. In that time I’ve joined their board and become very active with them. I made lots of good friends too. If I have the blogging energy I will write about some of the adventures I have had with them so far. It’s a great learning experience for me and we reach out and give back too. Please click on brochure link. Sorry but I haven’t figured out how to make a pdf be on display like a pic.

– Van

NAMI Albany Brochure 2015-05