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$10,000 Grant

posted Jun 30, 2017, 2:43 PM by Website Director

NAMI Fort Wayne Receives a $10,000 Grant from
The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation


NAMI Fort Wayne (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has been awarded a grant from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation in the amount of $10,000 to develop FaithNet, an educational program on mental illness for communities of all faith traditions. The announcement was made on June 17, 2017, by Foundation Executive Director Margaret Distler.

The goals of the FaithNet program are to encourage welcoming and supportive congregations of all faith traditions, reduce the stigma of mental illness by advancing knowledge of mental disorders, and promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery of people who live with mental health conditions for whom faith is a key component.

The grant funds will be used to develop a local FaithNet program based on the NAMI national and State models where volunteers are trained to be FaithNet presenters and scheduled to make presentations to groups and organizations upon request.

"Crisis Proportions"

posted Feb 10, 2016, 10:40 AM by Website Director   [ updated Feb 10, 2016, 10:51 AM ]

NAMI Warns Senate about Criminalization of Mental Illness; Supports Cornyn Bill
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today warned the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that criminalization of people living with mental illness has reached "crisis proportions" and called for support of federal, state and local reforms to overcome failings in both the mental health care and criminal justice systems.
In written testimony submitted to a committee hearing on "Breaking the Cycle: Mental Health and the Justice System," NAMI Senior Policy Advisor Ronald S. Honberg presented NAMI's support of S.2002, the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, introduced by Senator John Cornyn of Texas. 
Approximately 20% of all federal and state prisoners have serious mental illness. An estimated two million are admitted to jails each year. Incarceration usually leads to worsening of psychiatric symptoms. In jails, the cost of providing care for adults with mental illness is two to three times greater than that for other inmates. It costs less to put non-violent individuals with mental illness into treatment than to put them in jail. Diversion is both cost effective and humane.
NAMI emphasized its strong support for several initiatives reflected in S. 2002, including:
·        Creation of a specialized National Criminal Justice and Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center.
·        Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs for law enforcement officers and other first responders to people in crisis.
·        Specialized mental health or drug courts to divert offenders with mental illness and co-occurring disorders from federal prosecution or federal custody into treatment.
·        Forensic assertive community treatment (ACT) programs for offenders with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. 
·        Improved treatment in correctional facilities.
·        National data collection on interactions between people with mental illness and the criminal justice system, including those killed or seriously injured in confrontations with police.
In addition, NAMI declared, federal action "will yield significant benefits through reduced recidivism, enhanced public safety, and most importantly, giving people chances to recover and lead meaningful, productive lives."
Honberg noted the importance of "never giving up on people."  NAMI's members include many who were once involved with criminal justice systems and are now in recovery leading productive lives as contributing members of society.
About NAMI
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Bob Carolla
Communications & Public Affairs
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
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Arlington, VA 22203

How Do We Fix America’s Mental Health Care System?

posted Jan 28, 2016, 10:47 AM by Website Director   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 11:09 AM ]

At the end of February at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the Hill hosted a event on the economic and human consequences of policies that limit access to treatment to mental health services. The event, entitled Fixing America’s Mental Healthcare System, featured policy leaders in a discussion about limited access to treatment for people living with mentally illness.

The event included a keynote interview with Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Congressman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), followed by a case study presented by Dr. Seth Seabury, of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and a panel discussion with four leaders in the mental health care movement.

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posted Jan 28, 2016, 8:26 AM by Website Director   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 8:26 AM ]

The latest NAMI news stories, blogs and upcoming events from

January 2016

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Man Passionately Testifies to Help Reform Mental Health

Hakeem Rahim gave a powerful testimony on how passing mental health reform will improve the lives of millions of Americans.
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When Daniel Brazell's brother began experiencing signs of mental illness, he wasn't sure what to do. This is his (illustrated) look back.
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Mental Health Media Watch: January 2016

Oprah highlights mental health in the latest issue of O magazine, FOX Sports announces partnership with NAMI, what expanded gun control could mean for mental health and more.
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How Star Wars Helped My Mental Illness

One of the hardest parts of mental illness is feeling completely alone. For me, sharing my struggles with others and hearing about theirs has been monumental in my recovery.
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posted Dec 9, 2015, 7:46 AM by Website Director   [ updated Nov 27, 2016, 6:15 AM ]

Here is Rev. Clinton Faupel's presentation at NAMI's
Out of the Shadows Conference held last November 5th 2015.

This conference was designed for all faith leaders in our community. Three speakers to educate on the reality's of mental illness within the faith community. 1.Rev. Clinton Faupel, 2.Rev. Anthony R. Pettus, Sr. and keynote speaker Sarah Griffith-Lund.

Also Jay Fawver, MD Psychiatrist, Host of Matters Of The Mind on PBS and Alice Jordan-Miles Assistant Director of the IPFW Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute shared more of the science, facts and statistics of mental illness.

And last but not least two Panel discussions to Showcase local professionals that are actively engaged on this front, to provide real answers, local resources and contacts. 

7 sponsers Out of the Shadows

Mid-Morning – On Suicide

posted Dec 1, 2015, 9:55 AM by Website Director   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 9:55 AM ]


Host: Lynne Ford
November 9, 2015 /

Christine Eaton and T. Mitchell Anthony’s lives have been scarred by suicide. How can you help someone caught in a downward spiral of despair where suicide appears the only option? How does a person grieve their way through feelings of anger and guilt over a loved one’s suicide? In this encore Mid-Morning, the creative team behind the film, Hope Bridge, answers these questions. Need encouragement now? Download Mitch Anthony’s free book, 7 Reasons to Live at

New Channel 15 Finds Out:

posted Dec 1, 2015, 8:44 AM by Website Director   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 8:51 AM ]

It’s estimated only three to five percent of violent acts are committed by someone with a serious mental illness. A person suffering from a mental illness is also more likely to become a victim of violence than they are to commit a violent act.

“We’re talking about a very small section of people with mental illness who have gone out and been violent to other people,” Ted Coburn, the president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Fort Wayne, said. “If you have a serious mental illness, you’re more likely to hurt yourself than another person.”

Every year the number of suicides far outnumber the homicides in the United States. Coburn said there are usually around 15,000 homicides nationwide compared to 35,000 suicides. Some organizations cite as many as 41,000 suicides a year. In Allen County, so far this year, there have been 28 homicides and 36 suicides. Research from NAMI showed 90 percent of people who commit suicide had a mental illness.

“People do get better, but there needs to be help,” Coburn said.

Last year, one in five American adults had some kind of mental health issue. One in 25 lived with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.

Getting help and treatment, Coburn said, sometimes is a challenge. He said that while around 80 percent of people with a serious mental illness do find their way to treatment, in some cases, it takes up to a decade to get there.

By Published: November 18, 2015, 6:00 pm Updated: November 19, 2015, 5:51 pm

Listen to "Out of The Shadows Speaker" Sarah Griffith Lund

posted Oct 19, 2015, 8:51 PM by Website Director   [ updated Nov 6, 2015, 9:10 AM ]

Mid-Morning – Blessed Are The Crazy – Sarah Griffith Lund

October 19, 2015 /

Blessed Are The Crazy

Host: Lynne Ford
What does a world look like where mental health is treated with as much urgency, compassion, and care as heart and breast health? In Blessed Are the Crazy, Sarah Griffith Lund gives an honest and compassionate look at her life growing up with family members with mental illness. Through her own challenges and despair, Sarah shows how churches can be safe havens for people who have brain diseases and for their loved ones.

Sarah Griffith Lund is the Keynote Speaker of NAMI's Out of The Shadows Conference.
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Out of the Shadows Conference

NAMI on INSight

posted Oct 13, 2015, 8:41 PM by Website Director   [ updated Nov 6, 2015, 9:13 AM ]

Too many people have a misunderstanding about the basics of the biological brain malfunctions called mental illness today.  A serious mental illness like Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder, can cause a person to act in very strange and bizarre ways. 

Trying to tell the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn't always easy. There's no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness or if actions and thoughts might be typical behaviors of a person or the result of a physical illness or some sort of spiritual affliction. Each has its own set of symptoms and have common signs to look for.

In our Churches today people with a serious mental health condition can be shunned, stigmatized and believed to be suffering only from a spiritual problem. We invite you to come learn the differences at our "Out of the Shadows" Mental Health Conference.

Serious mental illness afflicts 6% of the human population irrespective of race, wealth or geographic location. 
12 million Americans have a serious mental illness.  Treatment brings relief of symptoms for most people who stick to the available treatment regiments.

Mental Illness Awareness Week

posted Oct 2, 2015, 4:44 PM by Website Director   [ updated Oct 8, 2015, 2:06 PM ]

25th Anniversary
Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) (also known as Mental Health Awareness Week) was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October. During this week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join together to sponsor a variety of events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Examples of activities held during the week include art/music events, educational sessions provided by healthcare professionals, advertising campaigns, health fairs, movie nights, candlelight vigils, and benefit runs.

An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older - about one in four adults - suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. However, stigma surrounding mental illness is a major barrier that prevents people from seeking the mental health treatment that they need. Programs during Mental Illness Awareness Week are designed to create community awareness and discussion in an effort to put an end to stigma and advocate for treatment and recovery.

Mental Illness Awareness Week also coincides with similar organizational campaigns in early October such as World Mental Health Day (World Federation for Mental Health), National Depression Screening Day (Screening for Mental Health), and National Day Without Stigma (Active Minds).

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