The Official Newsletter of NAMI Greater Orlando November/December 2012
Inside this issue: Create a New Year Now
President's Message 1
Dear NAMIGO Family,
Education Update 2
Today, I am thankful.
NAMIGO & 3-10 What you do makes a difference. You
Community News I am thankful that I could get out of bed. might not think so, but it does. Your
Announcements 11-12 I am thankful that I could take a shower. support is an act of relentless love.
I am thankful I could prepare my own
Support Groups & 13 food. I am thankful I could leave the But while your loved one may be the
Activities house. I am thankful I could drive my "designated patient", your mental health
car. I am thankful I could go to a job. recovery must become your number one
2012 NAMIGO priority. Don't be a victim.
Board of Directors In the past, mental illness has robbed
me of these simple things - the ability to Take action.
Rosemary Steinbach, President do them and the will to do them.
Mental illness makes you forget who Have the courage to step inside a
Muriel Jones, Vice President
you are and who you can become. NAMI support group room. Take
Jan Ellison-Seay, Secretary time to attend a NAMI class - 3
Mental illness lies to you and tells you
Deborah Parrott, Treasurer that your life will never get better. Family-to-Family, 1 Basics, 1 Provider,
Carla Bresnahan and 1 Peer-to-Peer classes are starting in
Lt. Sue Brown
Don't believe the lie. the new year. These classes change
I see you - the woman trapped in her
Eddie Imbriani house by agoraphobia, the man who Become an advocate. "Make your
Paula Kegelman sleeps days away due to depression, the mess your message." There is nothing
Wanda Keller girl with borderline personality disorder more powerful than a individual
who cannot connect, the man with speaking their truth through action. Tell
bipolar disorder who can't shut down your friends, colleagues, and doctors
the energy crackling through his veins, about NAMI's work.
Ron Wilensky and the woman whose voices keep
Linda Winters repeating the same negative story every Sign up to volunteer. Performing
day. service is the highest form of gratitude.
“If you can't fly then run,
You are not powerless. You can take if you can't run then walk,
Staff: Barb Aikens steps - even baby steps - to make your if you can't walk then crawl,
Tracy Lutz life better. but whatever you do
Your mental health recovery can you have to keep moving forward.”
Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
become your number one priority. Ask ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Phone: (407) 253-1900
Fax: (407) 253-1912 yourself, what can I do to take care of When you're ready, we'll be here. You
E-mail: email@example.com, my recovery today? are not alone. Not ever. Get into
action. Don’t wait for a new year to
Website: www.namigo.org I hear you - the despairing mother, the start.
heart-torn brother, the angry daughter, Tracy Lutz
and the exasperated therapist. Communications Administrator
2012 Education Overview
Education is at the heart of our mission.
NAMI education exists because people who
have “lived experience” take their time and
energy to pay it forward. During a period
when training budgets are being slashed,
NAMI Greater Orlando maintained its record-
breaking pace of classes offered in 2012.
With your help, we taught
6 Family-to-Family classes
1 Family-to-Family in Spanish
3 Peer-to-Peer classes
2 Basics classes
1 Provider Education class
With your help, we trained
3 Provider Education teachers
5 Family-to-Family teachers
2 Peer-to-Peer mentors
9 Connection facilitators
(6 facilitators for our Vet-to-Vet group)
1 In Our Own Voice presenter
Help us continue educating others by
considering NAMI Greater Orlando in your
charitable giving. Here’s the return on
$50 helps teach one consumer to learn how
to live in recovery in Peer-to-Peer.
$30 helps one parent learn to take the best
care of their school-aged child and advocate
for them in Basics.
$25 helps teach one family member, friend,
or caregiver how to take care of themselves
while caring for their adult loved ones in
What does your gift mean?
The Faith that life can be better
The Hope that people can recover
The Love of an engaged heart From top to bottom:
And the greatest of these is… Fall Basics class
Fall Family-to-Family class
For more information or to register for upcoming classes,
please call the NAMI Office at
(407) 253-1900 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012
CIT Motorcycle/Card Run
Top left: Rosemary Steinbach & Donna Helsel
break out the poker cards
Top right: Joe Mendoza & Rosemary Steinbach
man the NAMI information table
Right: Treble Damage plays to the crowd
Into the Light Program & Candlelight
Bottom left: Pastor Barton Buchanan inspires
Bottom right: A mental health advocate shares
her story of struggle and forgiveness
Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012
Choices in Recovery is a physiology, biochemistry, But, with all his training, Dr.
helpful website where you can endocrinology, and psychiatry Petty has found two things
go for support and information and – on the side – he’s done are most important to
on mental health conditions. advanced work in homeopathy, recovery:
Visitors are empowered with Tai Chi, and Reiki. Hope, and
the tools needed to create an Appropriate contact
effective mental health Dr. Petty is not your average with people
recovery plan and to become psychiatrist. He uses words
more engaged with their like “healing” and “energy”. It’s not often that you get to
recovery team. A recovery plan He talks about dynamic hear someone like Dr. Petty.
can help people with a mental systems and the ability to turn If you would like to learn
health condition meet personal adversity into opportunity. more, you may read his
goals. book, “Healing, Meaning and
According to Dr. Petty, the Purpose” or visit
NAMI Greater Orlando was body is designed to heal itself. http://richardpettymd.com/
pleased to partner again with The body does this by being
Choices in Recovery to bring resilient. Resilience is the
another dynamic presentation process of being able to adapt
to our members. and to thrive under stress.
On Monday, October 8th, a Dr. Petty touched upon cutting
psychiatrist named Dr. Richard edge topics such as
Petty came to speak with us neuroplasticity and the
about “A Journey of Wellness mounting evidence that
and Recovery.” inflammation and mental
illness are interlinked.
This could have been a talk
where someone runs through a
PowerPoint presentation and
offers a few insights. It could
have been a talk about the
latest pharmaceuticals on the
market or how to work best
with your health care provider.
But it wasn’t.
It was, well, a talk about
everything. Dr. Richard Petty
is a Renaissance man who
approaches healing in an
holistic manner: physical,
psychological, social, and
spiritual. He holds degrees in
Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012
Lakeside Luncheon with Jessie Close & Calen Pick of Bring Change 2 Mind
Bring Change 2 Mind is a
national anti-stigma campaign
founded by Glenn Close, The
Balanced Mind Foundation,
Fountain House, and Garen &
Shari Staglin of the International
Mental Health Research
Organization (IMHRO), aimed at
removing misconceptions about
mental illness. The idea was born
out of a partnership between helped me with my life and my the psychiatric medications we
Glenn Close and Fountain House, son Calen’s life in the very take."
where Glenn volunteered in order beginning of our journeys to get
to learn more about mental well.” Calen shared, "The most
illness, which both her sister, important that I'll say… to each
Jessie Close, and nephew, Calen Calen Pick is a visual artist who, and every consumer is: Be aware
Pick, live with. in addition to being very of your confidence… We can't
handsome, lives with be… understood by others or
NAMI members were honored to schizoaffective disorder. Both ourselves without it… We need
meet both Jessie Close and her radiate a warmth, intelligence, to be social. There is a
son, Calen Pick, who spoke at and inquisitive spirit. therapeutic value in human
Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare’s interaction. We know that each
Luncheon at the Sheraton "Bring Change 2 Mind has individual has the capacity to heal
Downtown. partnered with NAMI on many another."
NAMI Walks and, as a founder of
Jessie Close is a mother, writer, BC2M, I am proud to see this "Cancel all the apathy you can,
pet lover, and she lives in alliance," Jessie related. "NAMI hold yourself responsible for
recovery from bipolar disorder. is there for all of us and I must becoming a caring spirit who
She’s smart, sharp- witted, and a say that I think going to NAMI knows that we should admire
great admirer of NAMI’s work. meetings to support a loved one people for their strengths but love
“NAMI is the Alliance that should be prescribed along with them for trying to overcome their
Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012
Thanks to Everyone Who Came Out to Our Legendary Consumer Picnic!!
A very special thanks to Oscar Montoya and
StarCare Transportation of Starwood
Vacation Ownership for bringing Pathways
participants to the picnic!
Pathways Holiday Gift Bag Project
by Donna Helsel, Education Director
Help make the holidays truly Spread some cheer by donating any
happy for our friends at Pathways of the following items:
Drop-In Center by donating items for
the Pathways Holiday Gift Bag Disposable Razors
Last year, through your generosity, Deodorant
NAMI delivered 100 big gift bags to Socks Your donations can be dropped off at
Pathways filled with hygiene pro- Candy any support group location, the
ducts, candy, socks, and other
Playing Cards NAMIGO Office, or during the
miscellaneous goodies. We hope to
Single-Serve Canned Annual Meeting at Beardall Senior
meet and surpass that amount this Center on December 3rd at
Food (with a pull top)
holiday season with your help. 6:30 p.m. If you would prefer to
So many of us take these necessities donate money for NAMIGO to buy
For those unfamiliar with its services,
for granted, but, for the Pathways these items, please make the check
Pathways Drop-In Center is a
members, these are precious gifts and payable to “NAMIGO” and note
community mental health center that
often the only ones they receive for “Pathways” in the memo section.
delivers cost-effective services to
those living with serious and Any questions, please call Donna
persistent mental illness. Helsel at (321) 695-6790.
Mission Gratitude appreciation for the guests who are For those who can't make it, perhaps
by Scott Michaud dining inside the main hall. We also you could take an hour out of your day
It's so simple to take a few minutes create cards to send overseas to our before the holiday and create a card
each day and reflect on military troops for their holidays. for me to send overseas to our troops.
what I'm grateful for and who I'm Local businesses such as Michaels, K- One simple card can make a
grateful for. This act has become for mart, Target, and Office Depot donate big difference. I know this to be so
me a daily ritual when I wake up in art supplies to the cause. true since I have been getting
the morning and before I go to sleep at feedback and even letters from
night. I write down my top ten things Working with my team comprised of soldiers who received cards in the
in a simple journal to remind me of all friends, families, and even some of the past.
the positive things in my life. homeless of our streets, we have
surpassed our goal of creating over Let's make their holiday this year an
My list reminds me of what's 2000 cards in just one day. unforgettable one. Come and join me
important and, also, to be very by emailing me at
thankful of others. Showing Last year over 25,000 meals were email@example.com.
appreciation costs so little, but its re- provided and this year's numbers look
wards can make such a big difference. to be much higher. Over 1100
Scientific research has shown that volunteers have registered to serve
there is a release of chemicals in the meals and my team of twenty (and
brain in not only the giver of the act, counting) will be manning the tents
but also in the receiver and even where the cards will be created. It is
witnesses who have shared the amazing to see both the young kids and
experience as well. the retired adults create cards with
paper and crayons. The joy under the
Since 2008, I have dedicated myself to "big white tent" is magnetic and
volunteering at the local contagious.
Salvation Army on Thanksgiving. My It's never too late to volunteer to help
mission for the day has been to me out on this big day if you can
coordinate with my "Gratitude Team" only spare a couple of hours. All ages
a project to create cards of thanks and are invited.
Bewildered by Medicare?
6 Things to Know about Fall Open Enrollment for 201343
Fall Open Enrollment is the Plans can change how they cover protect you if there are
time of year when you can change your care each year. This means problems with enrollment. Write
6 your Medicare coverage. You can do that pharmacy and provider down everything about the
this by joining a new Medicare networks can change, costs can conversation when you enroll
Advantage plan or by joining a new change and drugs covered by the through Medicare. In your notes,
stand-alone prescription drug plan plan’s formulary can change. record the date of the
(PDP). You can also return to conversation, whom you spoke
Original Medicare with or without a 3. Help is out there. with, and any information you
stand-alone Part D plan from a were given during the call.
Medicare Advantage plan during this If you want to join a stand-alone
time. Listed below are six things to prescription drug plan (PDP) , Before you enroll with
keep in mind while you are deciding use the Plan Finder tool on Medicare, confirm all of the
on your Medicare coverage for 2013. Medicare.gov. The Plan Finder details about your new plan with
tool compares plans based on the the plan itself.
1. Fall Open Enrollment occurs drugs you need, the pharmacy
from October 15 to December 7 of you go to and your drug costs. 5. If you are dissatisfied with your
every year. Learn more about Fall Medicare Advantage plan, you can
Open Enrollment choices here. If you want to join a Medicare disenroll from that plan and join
Advantage plan, call 800- Original Medicare during the
If you enroll in a plan during Medicare to find out what plans Medicare Advantage Disenroll-
Fall Open Enrollment, your are in your area. When you ment Period (MADP).
coverage starts January 1. receive the list of plans, check
the plan websites to see which The MADP is every year from
In most cases, Fall Open best fits your needs. January 1 to February 14.
Enrollment is the only time you
can pick a new Medicare After you have researched a plan 6. Understand what you will pay
Advantage or Medicare Part D online, call the plan itself to for drugs and what new drugs will
plan. confirm what you learned. Make be covered by Medicare Part D in
sure your doctors, hospitals and 2013.
If you have Medicare pharmacies are in network, that
Advantage, you can also switch the plan covers all your drugs, Starting January 1, 2013,
to Original Medicare. To get and includes the pharmacies you Medicare Part D will begin
Medicare drug coverage, you use. Write down everything covering barbiturates and
can must a stand-alone Part D about that conversation. In your benzodiazepines.
plan at this time. A Medigap notes, record the date of the Medicare coverage of drugs in
policy will pay original conversation, whom you spoke the doughnut hole is also
Medicare costs, but you may be with, and the outcome of the changing. In 2013, when
limited in your ability to buy a call. This helps to protect you in someone is in the doughnut hole,
Medigap during the Fall Open case a plan representative gives they will have greater discounts
Enrollment period, depending on you misinformation. than in previous years. To learn
where you live. For more more about 2013 doughnut hole
information about purchasing a Call or visit the website of your discounts, please click here.
Medigap please click here. State Health Insurance
Assistance Program or SHIP.
Your state SHIP can help you to This article was excerpted
2. Review your Annual Notice of
Change (ANOC). understand all of your Medicare from
coverage options. www.medicareinteractive.org.
Even if you like your current
Medicare coverage and want to 4. The best way to enroll in a new
continue with that plan, you plan is to call 800-MEDICARE.
should carefully read your
ANOC to make sure the plan Enrolling in a new plan through
still features the coverage you Medicare is the best way to help
SAVE THE DATE!
Meeting Changes for Support Groups
2013 NAMIWalks for Mental Health
Christmas & New Years fall on Tuesdays 9th Annual Fundraising Walk to Benefit
this year so Asbury & Southwest Orlando NAMI Greater Orlando
support groups will not meet on December
25th and January 1st.
Asbury support groups will meet on Thursday,
Additionally, Asbury support groups will not
Saturday, May 4, 2013
meet on Tuesday, January 10th.
Lake Lily Park, Maitland
Registration @ 8:00 a.m.
Walk Kick-Off @ 9:00 a.m.
2013 Fundraising Goal = $175,000!!!
2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2013 CONSUMER COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE
MEETING SCHEDULE January 14
January 28 March 18
February 25 April 15
March 25 May 20
April 22 June 17
May 27 July 15
June 24 August 19
Annual Membership Meeting
Meetings start at 6:00 p.m. and are open to all Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and are open to all
NAMI consumer members NAMI members
Mark Street Senior Center Beardall Senior Center
99 East Marks Street 800 Delaney Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803 Orlando, FL 32801
For more details on NAMIGO's events and meetings, visit our website
@ www.namigo.org or call (407) 253-1900!
The Office is in need of 4
very sturdy bookshelves,
of approximately 72"H x
RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED
36"W x 14"D, and 2
FOR STUDY ON SCHIZOPHRENIA-
locking 4-drawer filing
SPECTRUM DISORDERS cabinet (with keys), of
No Medications Involved approximately 53"H X
20"W X 31" D.
If you are 18 – 55 years old and live with
schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or Before casting yours away, or donating somewhere
schizotypal personality disorder, you may qualify to else, please consider donating these essential office
participate in a completely confidential UCF items to NAMI Greater Orlando. We are happy to
Psychology Department study. provide you with a tax deductible receipt for your
donation. If you are able to donate and deliver these
It involves a psychological interview and some tests items, please call us at (407) 253-1900.
of thinking ability during EEG (brain activity)
Compensation is $15/hr. for an
estimated 3 hr. meeting.
Possible 2 meeting w/compensation.
Call (407) 823-4386 to leave a phone message with
your name, phone number, and best time to call you.
**Important Change to Social Security***
SAVE THE DATE! Everyone who receives Social Security/
Supplemental Security Income or other federal
benefit payments by paper check is required by the
NAMI Florida 2012 Conference U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to an
“Empowerment 2012: A Healthy Mind electronic payment option by March 1, 2013.
in a Healthy Body”
There is less than one year left to ensure people
switch to one of the two Treasury-recommended
Thursday, December 6th to electronic payment options: direct deposit to a
Sunday, December 9th checking or savings account or the Direct Express®
at the Hyatt Regency Debit MasterCard® card.
in Sarasota. It's fast, easy and free for people to make the switch
online at www.GoDirect.org or by calling the U.S.
To learn more information, contact NAMI Florida @ Treasury Electronic Solution Center at (800) 333-
(850) 671-4445 or watch www.namiflorida.org 1795. For direct deposit, people can also sign up at
for updates. their bank or credit union.
For more details on NAMIGO's events and meetings, visit our website
@ www.namigo.org or call (407) 253-1900!
Groups Bowling is held every Thursday at Aloma Lunch Bunch is a social group for
Lanes in Winter Park @ 2:00 p.m. Call consumers and family members that meets
Consumer Support Groups Rick Scott at (407) 929-1527 for further the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Smokey
& Family Support Groups details. Bones in Casselberry @ 11:30 a.m. Call
the NAMI Office at (407) 253-1900 for
When: Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m. Craft Group enjoys making arts and craft further details.
Where: Asbury United Methodist projects together, such as quilting,
Church, 220 West Horatio Avenue, scrapbooking and designing jewelry. Call Second Harvest is a community service
Room 14 (Consumer)
Christina Mollick at (407) 937-8049 for group that meets the 1st Friday of each
Room 15 (Family) further details. month. Consumer participants enjoy a
lunch and are paid for their time. Call Pat
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the Consumer Council is a consumer Purcell at (407) 875-3758 if you are
month @ 6:30 p.m. advisory board that meets the 4th Monday interested in helping others.
Where: St. Luke’s United Methodist
Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland of each month @ 6:00 p.m. For more
Rd., Bldg. B, Orlando details, please contact Christina Mollick
Rm. 201 (Consumer) at (407) 937-8049.
Room 202 (Family)
When: Wednesdays @ 5:30 p.m. Consumer Lunch & a Movie takes place
Where: Sedona House, the 1st Tuesday of each month. The group
3950 N. Hwy. 17-92, Suite 1026, meets @ 11:00 a.m. in front of Subway at
Lake Mary (Consumer) the Altamonte Mall food court for lunch
(407) 321-7015 before enjoying the movies. Call the
NAMI Office at (407) 253-1900 for further
(in Spanish / en Español) details.
When: Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m.
Where: Engelwood Community Ctr.,
6123 La Costa Drive, Orlando
Other Support Groups
Central Florida Bipolar
Support – a local independent
support group. (407) 808-6343
~ The Mental Health Association’s
support group for anyone living with a
When: Mondays @ 2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays @ 2:00 p.m. (en
Español) – call to confirm day of.
Where: 1525 Robinson St., Orlando
Contact: MHA Office at (407) 898-
Healing After a Loved One’s
~ Peer-led open support group.
When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each
month. Call David Zampella for
times and locations at (407)947-
Suicide Anonymous Online Go to www.nami.org to share
~ A 12-step program provided in an
online environment designed to help
your story and to view the 2012
people with suicidal preoccupation “Monuments” PSA.
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1800 Mercy Drive
Suite 300, Mailbox 4
Orlando, FL 32808
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