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Presentation on theme: "NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS OF MAINE Find Help.Find Hope."— Presentation transcript:


2 Mission & History NAMI Maine is largest grassroots, peer (consumer) - and family- run non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of everyone affected by mental illness. NAMI National began in 1979 NAMI Maine developed in 1984, support groups in Maine started prior to that

3 Key Beliefs Mental Illnesses are illnesses like any other Stigma is real and has terrible consequences People who have a mental illness (peers) and families alike are essential to the recovery process Family and peer education and support make substantial differences in outcomes With appropriate treatment, services and supports, people can and do recover from mental illness

4 What NAMI Maine Does Support Education Advocacy

5 Peer and Family ~ Support Groups

6 Peer and Family ~ Education Recovery Workbook Group Education Course Peer Education

7 Peer and Family ~ Information and Referral NAMI Maine Toll Free Helpline  1-800-464-5767  Any question related to mental health or co-occurring substance use

8 Peer and Family Family Respite Program  Offers approximately 192 hours of respite care per year for families with children under 18 who have developmental or behavioral issues.  Families can choose their own provider (family member, friend, etc) if eligible.  Providers become per diem NAMI employees.

9 Criminal Justice IF YOU NEED TO CALL 911, ASK IF A CIT TRAINED OFFICER IS AVAILABLE CIT Crisis Intervention Team Training A one-week training for law enforcement, corrections, and other first responders. Building relationships in the community.

10 Outsider Art Rental and Sales

11 Corrections Sequential Intercept Model Mapping  To help communities improve how they respond to people with justice system and mental health system involvement

12 Online Education Family and Consumer Perspectives with Consent Decree and Regulations Family and Consumer Perspectives and Recovery Understanding Depression Out of the Shadows Free Webisodes (go to, click on the education tab)  Certificates of Completion available

13 Suicide Prevention 1-day Gatekeeper Training for suicide prevention Awareness presentations Lifelines Program for schools Transition Lessons for HS seniors Middle School Lessons Suicide Assessment and Prevention training for clinicians Work with rural Primary Care Providers For information on all training programs:

14 Suicide Prevention Survivors Speakers Bureau Beyond the Basics of Suicide Prevention Annual Conference March 21, 2013

15 Resources  NIMH Outreach Partner  Brochures  Research  Clinical Trials Website 

16 Advocacy One-on-One via helpline and support groups State Level – Legislature

17 Special Events Form a Walk Team

18 NAMI National Support Education Advocacy Research Website: Information Helpline 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) NAMI StigmaBusters NAMIWalks Advocacy National Convention

19 NAMI National Resources for Professionals Missing Persons Support

20 NAMI National Child and Adolescent Action Center Legal Support Veterans Resource Center Multicultural Action Center

21 NAMI National

22 1 Bangor Street Augusta, Maine 04330 1(800)464-5767

23 Depression & Anxiety The following slides were adapted from NIMH brochures  For more information and resources on mental illness contact:  NAMI Maine 1-800-464-5767  For training on mental health issues contact:  Carrie Horne, Training Director, NAMI Maine

24 Depression Adapted from NIMH Depression Brochure s Feeling sad or “empty” Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or angry Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness Loss of interest in work, family, once pleasurable activities, including sex Feeling very tired Not able to concentrate or remember details Not being able to sleep or sleeping too much Overeating, or not wanting to eat at all Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems

25 How you can help someone who’s depressed Adapted from NIMH Depression Brochure s Help them find a doctor/therapist & make an appointment Talk to them, listen carefully and offer hope. Never ignore comments about suicide, connect them to help (call their doctor, therapist, call the crisis hotline 1-888-568-1112 or 911). Invite them for walks, outings and other activities. Provide assistance in getting to appointments. Encourage them to report medication concerns. Remind them that with time and treatment the depression will lift.

26 Anxiety Disorders Adapted from NIMH Depression Brochure s Include the following disorders:  Panic Disorder  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)  Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  Social phobias  Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms, but all the symptoms cluster around excessive, irrational fear and dread. Effective therapies are available. Get help.

27 Resources 1-888-568-1112 statewide mental health crisis hotline 2-1-1 Maine  Toll free Maine Resource Directory of health and human services 1-800-222-1222 – Poison Control Center  Overdose or Poisoning NAMI Maine  Helpline: 1-800-464-5767  Support Groups  Family-to-Family Education Course  Resource materials


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