|To the Editor: NAMI provides help for many|
|Written by Fran Adams|
|Friday, 21 August 2009 08:28|
Most people I've talked to are unaware of NAMI (National Alliance of mental illness). I'm writing this to make the public aware of this phenomenal agency.
I heard about this through a support group. A relative who is bipolar and I went to them and immediately things fell into place. Judy Remele, the past administrator and Cheryl Swendeman (who recently passed away to receive her rewards) took the bull by the horns and got things rolling.
Cheryl personally met us at Behavioral Connections and saw that my relative was assigned a case manager who was a great support for him and soon found housing for him. He has been homeless for several months and lived in a shelter in Toledo. Cheryl also referred him to other agencies for help and made calls for me to follow up, support and encouragement. She was better than any medication for soothing my worries and decreasing my stresses.
In addition they offer classes for the families of mentally ill loved ones called Family to Family. They are held once a week for 12 weeks and inform families everything about the illness, how to cope, support, communicate and much more to help our loved ones to recovery and make life a little smoother,
Dr. Ted Bowlus and Sue Guhl are the teachers of this class and they and the rest of the class have offered valuable suggestions, shown love and concern for me and my multiple concerns.
Please, if you have a mental illness or are a family member with concerns, contact NAMI (419) 352-0626 or visit them at 419 Lehman Ave. Suite 2.
They also offer a support group the last Wednesday evening for family with mental illness of any kind.
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