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									                                           NAMI Tarrant County

                          Tarrant County’s Voice On Mental Illness
                    PO Box 1504, Fort Worth, TX 76101-1504 (817) 332-6600
                      3136 W. 4th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107-2113 (817) 332-6677

               Volume 5 ___________________Newsletter________________May 2010

                                          Meeting, Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Location: University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Dr, Room 205, Fort Worth
                    Support Groups 6:00-7:00 pm, Light Meal 7:00 pm
       Meeting, 7:15-8:15 pm, Connection Time 8:15-8:30 pm, Cleanup 8:30-8:45 pm

Please note that the doors on the west and north side of University Christian Church are now
locked due to security issues. You will need to enter the building under the portico to the east
(University Dr). Parking is available on the north and east side of the church.

                                      Speaker: Meredith Baughman
                                          Topic: Advocacy, Inc
         Bring a friend to share in the information the speaker will bring. If you need directions, call or email the office.

People with Mental Illness Enrich Our Lives: John Perceval
John Perceval, a British army officer, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was hospitalized in
England for several years around 1830. After his release, he published two books about his experience.
His work for the mental health advocacy movement led to lasting improvements in mental health care.

                                       May Is Mental Health Month
                                  New Family-to-Family Class Enrollment
A new Family-to-Family (FTF) class held its first meeting on May 4. The class will meet for 12
consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30-9:00pm at White‟s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake.
Adult family members of persons with mental illnesses will benefit from this class. You will learn about
persistent brain disorders and medications, coping skills, empathy for the ill, community resources,
advocacy, and self-care. The class will accept new members until the third meeting on May 18. If you
want to join the class, call the NAMI TC office at 817-332-6677 or contact Dennis Gibbons at
                                                                                           Dennis Gibbons

                                           NAMIWalks Fort Worth
The NAMIWalks Fort Worth will be held on October 16 in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden starting at
9:30 am. We are working to "Give the Boot" to the stigma of a mental health diagnosis. Picture yourself
walking with over 600 other dedicated individuals in a beautiful setting. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden
will also be hosting the Paint-out event, so as you walk you can watch 30 different artists capturing the
beauty of this location. I like to think they are painting a brighter future for mental health recovery. Start
"Talking the Talk" to help us grow our walk against mental health stigma and in support of mental health
recovery! It is not too early to register your team and encourage your friends to register a team.

We are currently contacting businesses or organizations (hospitals, colleges, companies, etc.) who can
support the NAMIWalks Fort Worth. We would like to have input from you, our members, on possible
contacts. This is an important part of the success of our annual fundraiser for our NAMI affiliate. If you
can provide us with names of contacts within the company, please call the NAMI TC office and give the
information to Sue Adams at (817) 332-6677.
                                                                                          Melissa Gibbons

                                     Family Education Opportunities
Are you or someone you know interested in attending either a Family to Family, Vision for Tomorrow or
Great Minds Think Alike class? The FTF class is for family caregivers of adults with severe mental
illness, while the VFT class is for parents or caretakers of a child with a brain disorder who is college age
or under. Great Minds Think Alike is for adolescents aged 12 to 17 with a brain disorder. These free
classes are taught by NAMI-certified instructors and provide education on mental illnesses and resources
to assist and support consumers and family members. Pre-registration is required.

FTF Classes
Fort Worth
NAMI TC is currently offering a new FTF class and will be able to accept additional family caregivers up
until May 18. NAMI TC will be offering additional Family to Family classes later this year. If you are
interested in attending a future FTF class, please call 817-332-6600 and leave a message.
NAMI Johnson County will teach a Family to Family class this year. The information about time and
location will be provided later. Please call 817-295-8082 to enroll/register for the class.

VFT Classes
NAMI TC will be offering VFT class sometime in the future. If you are interested in attending a future
VFT class, please call 817-332-6600 and leave a message.

GMTA Classes
NAMI TC will offer a Great Minds Think Alike class in the near future. Please let us know if you know
of someone interested in attending this class by calling 817-332-6600 and leaving a message.
                                                                                          Martha Meyer

                                                Support Groups
Support groups provide assistance to families, provide insight into mental illness and how to more
effectively cope with its impact on the family and reduce the stigma of mental illness within the family.
A support group seeks to provide a place to confront fears; a place for validation; a place to learn and
practice skills related to dealing with real-life issues which impact families; a place to exchange
information about mental illness and a place to network with other families about how they have solved
problems and find help from the community that may be available.
Southlake                                                                                     May 10, 2010
Family caregivers are invited to a support group meeting the second Monday of every month, 7:00 to 8:30
pm at White‟s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. The meeting is held in the Re-Source
Building, 185 S. White’s Chapel Blvd. Enter the driveway off of 1709 Southlake Blvd. Parking is
behind the church. Re-Source Building is the first one on the right. Enter through the small door to the
right of the main entrance.
Granbury                                                                                      May 11, 2010
Family caregivers are invited to a support group meeting the second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 to 8:00
pm at the Granbury Library, 222 N. Travis St.
Fort Worth                                                                                   May 20, 2010
Family caregivers and adult consumers are invited to separate support group meetings the third Thursday
of every month, 6:00 to 7:00 pm at University Christian Church located at 2720 S. University Dr, Room
205. One is advised to park on the north or east side of the church as entry is on the east side. The
support groups are held prior to the monthly NAMI TC informative meetings.
Arlington                                                                                    May 27, 2010
Family caregivers are invited to a support group meeting the last Thursday of every month, 7:00 to 8:30
pm across the street from Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington. The meeting is held in the
Wesley House, 3216 W. Park Row, Room 312.
Fort Worth                                                                                   June 1, 2010
Family caregivers of children/adolescents are invited to a support group meeting the first Tuesday of
every month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at MHMR FAIR West Children‟s Clinic located at 1527 Hemphill.
Arlington                                                                                    June 3, 2010
Family caregivers of children/adolescents are invited to a support group meeting the first Thursday of
every month 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at MHMR FAIR East Children‟s Clinic located at 410 W. Sanford St.
Burleson                                                                                     June 7, 2010
Family caregivers and consumers are invited to support group meetings the first Monday of every month,
7:00 to 8:30 pm at St. Matthew Presbyterian Church located in Burleson. The address is 380 NW
Tarrant Avenue. One is advised to enter at the ARC. Room 214.

At the monthly meetings, lists for additional support groups for consumers and caregivers are also
available at the information tables.
                                                                                           Martha Meyer

                                    NAMI TC Board Meeting
The NAMI TC Board normally holds their monthly meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00
pm at MHATC, located at 3136 W 4th in Fort Worth. The next meeting will be June 3. All NAMI TC
members are always welcome to attend and hear the discussions and learn the “behind the scenes
                                                                                       Melissa Gibbons

                               Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness
On May 23 at 7:00 pm, Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness will be shown and discussed in
Rooms 201-205 at Trinity United Methodist Church located at 3321 West Park Row Dr. in Arlington.
This discussion is free and open to the public. This video explores the stories of two fictional characters,
Olivia and James. Their stories are hypothetical, but the dilemmas are real as American families struggle
with mental illness. A family nightmare begins when parents find out that their daughter Olivia, who has
been a successful college student, has developed mental illness and yet they are unable to get her medical
treatment. James is experiencing a return of the terrifying voices and beliefs that have plagued him on
and off since he was a teenager. We hope you will join in contributing to this important national
conversation that is underway, gathering momentum, and leading to improved care and support for people
with mental illnesses.
                                                                                              Martha Meyer

                                           Living Connections
The Excel Center Fort Worth in conjunction with Advocates for Children of Trauma is pleased to
announce a new parent support group, called Living Connections, which will be focused on supporting
parents raising children/adolescents exposed to early trauma abuse and/or neglect. The group will meet
from 6:00 to 8:00 pm the first Monday of every month at The Excel Center, 1220 West Presido St, Fort
Worth. Child care and snacks will be provided. The next meeting is June 7. This will be a meet and
greet combined with strategies focused on finding and understanding resources, preliminary needs for
efficient records organization and individual solutions. Please address any questions to /817-219-5459 or /817-335-6429.
                                                                         Advocates for Children of Trauma

                            NAMI TC Night at the Fort Worth Cats Ballgame
Come and join us at a Fort Worth Cats baseball game this summer. We hope to be able to purchase group
discount tickets to attend the Cats home game at LaGrave Field on Friday, June 18, the day after our June
meeting. More information on tickets will be available soon. Our own Eric Vanderwerken runs the
scoreboard for this team's home games. Let's support him as we cheer the team on as well.
                                                                                         Dennis Gibbons

                                              Speakers Bureau
Occasionally, NAMI TC receives requests for a speaker to talk about mental illness and/or NAMI TC to
churches, educational classes, events, etc. in the community. If you would be interested in being sent out,
please contact the NAMI TC office at or 817-332-6677.
                                                                                                Sue Adams

                                          FTF Teachers Needed
NAMI TC would like to train more FTF teachers so that educational opportunity could be offered to more
families more frequently. If you are interested in training to become a FTF teacher, please let the NAMI
TC office know.
                                                                                                 Sue Adams

                                            My Home Project
The My Home Project was recently reactivated and has been quite busy. An email was sent to the Chief
of Mental Health Services on March 3 to inform MHMRTC the project was restarting. By the next day,
the caseworkers began requesting assistance for their clients. By April 5, seven consumers (some with
children) had been supplied with some much-needed household items. By the end of April, five more
consumers were provided with basic My Home items as they are getting started in their apartments. The
consumers thanked NAMI TC over and over for the help. One consumer said that he had been very
depressed, but the help provided by NAMI TC cheered him. Although furniture is not included in this
project, an air mattress can be supplied when consumers are sleeping on the floor. In one recent case, a
consumer was sleeping on a linoleum floor without even a blanket. Most consumers have no household
items when they get into an apartment, and have little or no help from family or friends.

Donations of money and supplies are most appreciated. New or “gently used” items, such as dishes,
flatware, cookware, can openers, serving bowls, spatulas, sheets (hopefully twin size), pillows, blankets,
lamps, towels, washcloths, dish towels, hot pads, etc. are requested. Gently-used items are very welcome,
and they don‟t have to match. Some of the new items that are purchased include air mattress, bath soap,
toilet tissue, paper towels, dish soap, glass cleaner, Comet, Spic n Span, broom, mop, dustpan, etc.
Donations of new personal hygiene items are also appreciated. If all new items were supplied, the cost
would be $50+ per consumer; however, the cost is minimized by monetary and household donations by
NAMI TC members. Also, if you know of an upcoming large Garage Sale you can notify the Cates by
calling the NAMI TC office at 817-332-6677.
                                                                                     Gene and Joyce Cates

              Faith-Based Organizations Needed for Expansion of Mental Health Outreach
NAMI TC is currently seeking assistance from local faith-based organizations for expansion of mental
health outreach into the local community. Clergy or interested parties who would consider participating
in a pilot study of review of available resources for utilization in the mental health ministries are
encouraged to call 817-332-6600 and leave a message for Melissa Gibbons for more details.
Compensation for their assistance and time will be provided.

Several NAMI TC members have taken interfaith training offered by NAMI Dallas several times each
year and have started outreach programs in their communities of faith. NAMI members, medical and
mental health professionals, consumers, and clergy are offered this training in forming collaborative
partnerships with local congregations to help religious organizations meet the mental health needs of their
members and families.
                                                                                          Melissa Gibbons

                                        NAMI TC Open House
An Open House for the new NAMI TC office was held on April 21 from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. The NAMI TC
office located in the Mental Health Association office building at 3136 W. 4th St. in Fort Worth hosted
around thirty people who stopped by to help celebrate the new office. Refreshments and a tour were
provided. If you missed the open house, feel free to stop by any time.
                                                                                NAMI TC Board Members

No Kidding, Me Too! (NKMT) is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose purpose is to remove the stigma
attached to brain disease through education and the breaking down of societal barriers. The mission is to
empower those with brain disease to admit their illness, seek treatment, and become even greater
members of society.

Joe Pantoliano, Founder and President of NKM2, says “We know this is a tough fight. We know years of
ingrained socialization cause people to recoil or isolate anyone with the scarlet letter of mental illness.
Just saying the magic words "mental illness" can cause a deep-seated defensive reaction in many people.
However, we also know that by releasing the talents of those with mental illness - by giving them the
opportunity to use their outstanding artistic and intellectual skills - we will vastly improve the world.
And this is a cause worth supporting. We are ready for the fight and we ask you to please join us in the
revolution and help us educate souls all over the world to „Remove the Stigma!‟ ”

                                   MHATC Garage Sale and More!
MHATC Peer Support program hosts fun social activities, like parties, crafts, and movies. All you have
to do is show up! Call Lena at 817-546-7801 for more information or to have a calendar of events sent to
you every two months. All these events are held at MHATC located at 3136 West 4th Street, Fort Worth.
     Garage Sale 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8
     Gardening Join us in planting our garden from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 8
     Craft/Crochet Class 4-5 p.m. Thursday, May 13
     Jewelry Class 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 29

                                           Mental Health Warrants
If a person is severely mentally ill, in a dangerous mental health crisis, and unable to recognize their need
for medical attention, a mental health warrant may help get the situation under control. This last-resort
method allows the person to be legally picked up and taken to a psychiatric facility whether or not they
agree to go. Further steps determine how long the person will stay in a secure facility. Although it is
often a hard decision for family members, it can be a life-saving one. Mental health warrants are for
mental health crises only. This process can not be used for medical emergencies or for substance abuse
treatment. The procedure goes like this:
    1. Call MHMRTC at 817-569-5294 for a quick phone screening. They will set up an appointment at
       their office (1051 Haskell St, Ste 103, Fort Worth) to complete the paperwork and tell you the
       next steps.
    2. Go to your local county clerk's office or justice of the peace and file an application for the
       warrant. In order to approve the application, the magistrate must first identify the person as a
       substantial threat to himself/herself or others.
    3. If the application is approved, you will need to deliver the application to a sheriff or constable
       who will then escort the person to a local psychiatric facility.
    4. A physician must issue a certificate within 48 hours that enables the court to determine whether it
       can issue an order of protective custody (OPC). The OPC states that the person is a danger either
       to himself/herself, others, or has deteriorated to the point that they can no longer take care of their
       basic needs.
    5. A probable cause hearing is held. The person will be deemed either healthy enough to be
       released or in need of additional treatment to be held in a secure environment (a hospital).
    6. The mental health hearing must take place within two weeks of detention. At this point, the court
       determines whether to dismiss the case, prescribe outpatient treatment, or require inpatient

                               Outdoor Exercise Improves Mental Health
Just five minutes of exercise a day in the great outdoors can improve mental health, according to a study
released recently. And policymakers should encourage more people to spend time in parks and gardens.
Researchers from the University of Essex found that as little as five minutes of a “green activity,” such as
walking, gardening, cycling, or farming can boost mood and self esteem.

“We believe that there would be a large potential benefit to individuals, society, and to the costs of the
health service if all groups of people were to self-medicate more with green exercise,” Barton said in a
statement about the study, which was published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Many studies have shown that outdoor exercise can reduce the risk of mental illness and improve a sense
of well-being, but Jules Pretty and Jo Barton, who led the study, said that until now, no one knew how
much time needed to be spent on green exercise for the benefits to show.

Barton and Pretty looked at data from 1,252 people of different ages, genders, and mental health status
taken from 10 existing studies in Britain. They analyzed activities such as walking, gardening, cycling,
fishing, boating, horse riding, and farming. They found that the greatest health changes occurred in the
young and the mentally ill, although people of all ages and social groups benefited. The largest positive
effect on self-esteem came from a five-minute dose of “green exercise.”
                                                                                   Schizophrenia Magazine

           Continuity of Care for Patients with Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder
A new study on the continuity of care for patients with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses
reveals associations between specific interventions and improved rates of outpatient follow-up care.
Continuity of care for patients with serious mental illnesses is often suboptimal, despite its recognized
importance. The study found that such interventions include direct coordination of care plans by staff at
inpatient facilities with staff at outpatient facilities, inpatient facility involvement with regional joint
planning efforts, and social work support for patients during the transition from inpatient care to
outpatient care. The study described prevailing patterns of continuity of care for these patients by
assessing the percentage of patients receiving outpatient follow-up care within 30 days of inpatient
discharge. The authors studied patient factors and facility and system processes associated with receipt of
follow-up care within 30 days.
               Researchers Refine DNA Testing For Predisposition To Bipolar Disorder
Genetic testing may rise to a new level with the findings of Indiana University School of Medicine
researchers whose "prototype" for laboratory testing for bipolar disorder appeared recently in the online
edition of the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics.

The researchers used two different populations from large scale genetic studies and compared those
individuals' genes to a small panel of 56 genes implicated in bipolar disorder by their work, to predict
who has a predisposition to the disease. The analysis resulted in a genetic risk prediction score that
indicates high or low potential for developing bipolar disorder. The predictive value of the genetic risk
factors could be useful in screening before the disorder manifests itself clinically, and the implementation
of interventions to lower stress, adjust regular sleep hours and other life style factors that could serve as
an environmental deterrent for developing bipolar disorder. Closer follow-up and earlier therapeutic
intervention may be useful for individuals who are at higher risk.

                                Recovery and Reform: The Road from Here
The 2010 NAMI National Convention will be held June 30-July 3 in Washington, DC. All convention
activities will be held at the newly renovated Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, DC. Room rates for the 2010 convention attendees are $155/single and $165/double, plus
tax, per night. To be eligible for this rate, you must make your room reservation no later than May 25 -
but the sooner the better. To make a reservation, call 202-483-3000 or go to For folks
traveling on a budget, an alternative nearby hotel is Churchill Hotel which is an easy walk to the Hilton.
Room rates at the Churchill Hotel for convention attendees are $129/night plus tax for a room with a king
bed and $149/night plus tax for a room with two double beds. To make a reservation at the Churchill
Hotel, call 202-797-2000 and be sure to let the reservations agent know that you are attending the NAMI
2010 Convention.

Registration fees for the full 2010 NAMI Conference are $235 for NAMI members if paid before May 31
($260 thereafter). Consumer registration fees are $135 if paid before May 31 ($150 thereafter). A
schedule for the preliminary program with additional workshops and networking sessions is available
online. An award winning documentary, Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, is set to screen on Friday,
July 2, at the NAMI National Convention. The gripping documentary depicts the struggle of filmmaker
Delaney Ruston, both a daughter and a doctor, to bring her father, who has paranoid schizophrenia, back
into her life after hiding from him for ten years. What starts as a powerful story of reconciliation
suddenly shifts when Delaney's father stops his medications and goes missing. This extraordinary film
challenges us to reflect on our own ideas about mental illness, compassion and responsibility.

WRAP stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. I love this class because it is beneficial to consumers
and care providers for they provide aid in multiple ways. The program provides an understanding of
medications, diversionary activities, crisis planning and many more aid elements. The facilitators,
especially Lena Phillips, care for you deeply by giving out their contact phone numbers, are willing to
meet when you call and give kind advice. I thought I knew a lot, but this class helped me find some
forgotten happiness and hope.
                                                                                         Sarah Davenport

                                Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program
NAMI TC‟s Good Neighbor account number is 995. Please update your current Tom Thumb card to link
to this number or apply for a Good Neighbor card. The purchase price of groceries will automatically be
recorded to NAMI TC‟s Good Neighbor account which will receive 1% of the total quarterly. Please link
up and support NAMI TC!
                                                                                      Martha Meyer

NAMI TC Board Officers:
Melissa Gibbons, President
Carolyn Apodaca, Vice President
Robin Mayne, Secretary
Dennis Gibbons, Treasurer
Nicole DeForge
Chris Latchaw
Ron Smith
Barbara Walther
Katie Ward
Randy Ward


                                                  Membership       Dues      *       Total

NAME _______________________________              Open Door         5.00   2.00      $ 7.00

ADDRESS ____________________________              Regular         35.00    5.00     $40.00

CITY______________________STATE_____              Professional    35.00    5.00     $40.00

ZIP___________PHONE_________________              Organization    75.00    5.00     $80.00

Email _______________________________             OTHER CONTRIBUTION             $________

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