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NAMI Benefits from Fourth Annual Depression and Mental Illness Dice Run

On Saturday, July 14, NAMI was the beneficiary of the 4th Annual Depression and Mental Illness Dice Run. The dice run was held to raise awareness for individuals affected by mental illness. Participants started the Dice Run at Harley-Davidson of Erie. Approximately 80 bikers registered for the dice run, which coincided with Harley-Davidson of Erie’s annual Bike Fest. At the end of the dice run, there was an after-party at Scooters with food, drinks, and a chance to win prizes.

“The Dice Run is a great, fun way to raise awareness for mental illness,” Denise L. Kolivoski, MBA, NAMI’s Executive Director. “We’re so grateful to benefit from such a great event and Missy Rininger does such a good job organizing everything.”
All proceeds from the event will stay in Erie County to benefit NAMI of Erie County’s free educational programs and services that support individuals and families living with mental health challenges. NAMI’s evidence-based programs provide individuals and families with the skills they need on the road to recovery, providing them hope for a better tomorrow.

NAMI Receives Grant for New Program

 

On July 12, NAMI of Erie County received a generous grant from The Erie Women’s Fund for a brand-new program. The Erie Women’s Fund’s donation of $60,000 will go towards starting a new program called NAMI Basics.

Members from The Erie Women’s Fund (EWF), a donor advised fund of The Erie Community Foundation, presented a check for $60,000 to NAMI to launch a pilot session of a nationally recognized program called NAMI Basics. Guy Sheldon (Left front), Board President of NAMI, Janet Peters (left back), Grants Committee Chairperson of EWF, Robin Scheppner (far right), Steering Committee Chairperson of EWF and Denise L. Kolivoski (middle right), MBA, Executive Director of NAMI, met for a formal check presentation.
NAMI Basics is a free, six-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face.

The mission of The Erie Women’s Fund is “Empowering Women and Families.” EWF educates and inspires its members to positively impact the lives of Erie County women through philanthropy and community engagement. EWF provides financial grants, hosts enriching educational forums and engages members through informational meetings and social gatherings throughout the Erie community.

One in five individuals are impacted each year by mental illness – that means over 55,000 residents in Erie County are affected. NAMI Basics is designed to better equip parents, caregivers, and loved ones of an individual living with mental illness to show compassion, improve communication, and reduce stigma of mental illness.
NAMI Basics is made possible by a grant from The Erie Women’s Fund.


For more information on NAMI Basics, visit namierie.org/programs or call us at (814) 456-1773.

Fourth Annual Depression and Mental Illness Dice Run

 

On Saturday July 14, join NAMI for the 4th Annual Depression and Mental Illness Dice Run.

Registration will kick off at Harley-Davidson of Erie, 3712 West 12th Street at 11:00 a.m. The first out will take place at noon with the last out leaving at 1:00 p.m.

Dice run will end at Scooter’s, 2802 Old French Road. At the conclusion of the dice run, an after party at Scooter’s will take place from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the 4th Annual Depression and Mental Illness Dice Run are $10 per person. The cost of the tickets includes the dice run and admission to the after party.

All proceeds from the event will stay in Erie County to benefit NAMI of Erie County’s free educational programs and services that support individuals and families living with mental health challenges. NAMI’s evidence-based programs provide individuals and families with the skills they need on the road to recovery, providing them hope for a better tomorrow.

NAMI’s Fabulous Golf Outing is Another Fabulous Success!

On June 22, NAMI of Erie County held its Sixth Annual Fabulous Golf Outing at Venango Valley Inn and Golf Course.  Despite rain showers, golfers were able to play nine holes and they helped us exceed our fundraising goal by raising over $26,000 for our free programs and services, ensuring that no family is ever turned away from the education they deserve. Thank you, Erie community, for stepping up and making a difference!

Golfers enjoyed a FABULOUS day beginning with live music by Mike Trott, microbrews courtesy of the Brewerie at Union Station, and samples from Luminary Distilling. DJ Tony B played your favorite classic rock hits while golfers were on the course.

Participants also competed for the Golden Boa Award and $3,000 in fabulous team prizes. Congratulations to Moore Research for taking home the first place Golden Boa trophy this year. Second place was The Greater Erie Area Action Committee (GECAC) and third place went to Highmark. Moore Research, GECAC, and Highmark have supported the Fabulous Golf Outing since its inception. Left to right: Scott Moore, Colleen Moore-Mezler, CEO of Moore Research, Denise L. Kolivoski, MBA, Executive Director of NAMI, Lindsay Moore, Director of Research and Insights and David Schumacher.

NAMI’s Fabulous Golf Outing would not be possible without our sponsors.  Some of our FABULOUS sponsors this year included: Accudyn, Forest Park Honda, GECAC, Great Lakes Metal Finishing, Harley Davidson, Highmark, The HUB, Lamar Advertising, Lilly Broadcasting – the stations of WICU 12, WSEE, the CW and MeTV, Maloney, Reed, & Scarpitti, Miller Travel, Northwest Saving Bank, PSB Industries, and UPMC Health Plan.

Proceeds benefit NAMI of Erie County’s free educational programs and services that support individuals and families living with mental health challenges. NAMI’s evidence-based programs provide individuals and families with the skills they need on the road to recovery, providing them with hope for a better tomorrow.

NAMI’s Fabulous Golf Outing is not only a great time, but it creates an environment that starts the conversation about mental health. Mark your calendars for next year’s event on June 21, 2019!

NAMI of Erie County Hosts Sixth Annual Fabulous Golf Outing

Join NAMI of Erie County on June 22 for our Fabulous Golf Outing at Venango Valley Inn and Golf Course. NAMI’s Fabulous Golf Outing has gained more and more support from the community. Despite the weather at last year’s event, NAMI still managed to exceed our fundraising goal by raising over $26,000 for our free programs and services, ensuring that no family is ever turned away from the education they deserve. Thank you to the Erie community for stepping up!

Golfers always enjoy a FABULOUS day at Venango Valley Inn and Golf Course, beginning with live music by Mike Trott, microbrews courtesy of the Brewerie at Union Station, and Moscow Mules from Luminary Distilling. Golfers also compete for the Golden Boa Award and $3,000 in fabulous team prizes, while DJ Tony B plays all the hits right on the course. Golfers cap off the day with a delicious steak dinner, awards, and $7,000 in raffle baskets, a FABULOUS time for a FABULOUS cause.

NAMI’s Fabulous Golf Outing would not be possible without our sponsors. These funds have helped NAMI assist more than 24,000 Erie County individuals and families in need of mental health education and support. With your help, NAMI looks forward to helping even more Erie County families in need. Some of our FABULOUS sponsors this year include: Forest Park Honda, Harley-Davidson, Three B Saloon, The HUB, PNC, GECAC, Highmark, Lamar Advertising, and Accudyn.

Proceeds benefit NAMI of Erie County’s free educational programs and services that support individuals and families living with mental health challenges. NAMI’s evidence-based programs provide individuals and families with the skills they need on the road to recovery, providing them hope for a better tomorrow.

NAMI’s Fabulous Golf Outing is not only a great time, but it creates an environment that starts the conversation about mental health. The fabulous part is that the more we talk about mental health, the more barriers we break down in the battle to reduce stigma for people facing daily mental health challenges.

To register or sponsor The Fabulous Golf Outing, visit namierie.org/fabulous or call us at (814) 456-1773.

NAMI Teacher and Volunteer Wins ‘I am the Evidence’ Award

On May 23, NAMI teacher and volunteer, Rick Albertson, won the Mental Health Association’s (MHA) “I am the Evidence Award.”

Rick receives his award from MHA Director, Bill Grove.

The “I am the Evidence” Award is awarded to an Erie County mental health consumer who is a great example of working to overcome their mental health issues to pursue recovery and living a meaningful life of their choosing. This is the seventh year the MHA has put out the award. This year, four individuals received the award.

Rick began volunteering at NAMI in the fall of 2016 when he became a mentor for our Peer-to-Peer program. Rick has experienced a significant level of recovery and is able to lead the class through difficult discussions and interactive workshops. Rick has a balanced treatment plan that has allowed him to take on leadership opportunities, and he is always striving to better himself so that he can help more mental health consumers. Rick is a Certified Peer Specialist and meets with consumers on a regular basis to help them on their road to recovery. Rick’s efforts on behalf of NAMI of Erie County have helped numerous mental health consumers on their recovery journey. Congratulations, Rick!

NAMI of Erie County Hosts Fourth Exploring the Arts with NAMI

NAMI of Erie County held its fourth annual Exploring the Arts with NAMI on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum. Children from Early Connections explored the museum and how art and creativity can positively affect mental health and wellness. Approximately 50 students from Early Connections attended. This year, Exploring the Arts with NAMI featured local musician Lori Burke, who has written music for Sesame Street.

The children enjoyed a fun-filled day of music, art, and mental health education that allowed them to explore how art and creativity can positively affect mental health and wellness. The children got a chance to see a variety of instruments, as Lori Burke performed some classic kid’s songs and a few that she has written. The kids then got to make an instrument of their own using recycled materials. Exploring the Arts with NAMI was started in 2015 in an effort to introduce mental health and reduce stigma at an early age through music and artistic expression. The program has served over 750 children since its inception.

NAMI of Erie County is focused on fostering personal growth and family stability by supporting and educating family members and individuals facing the challenges of mental illness in Erie County. As always, NAMI’s community services are provided free of charge. For more information on Exploring the Arts with NAMI or NAMI of Erie County, visit NAMIerie.org.

Support is provided in part from a Project Grant from Erie Arts & Culture and by The Erie Women’s Fund.

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May is Mental Health Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI of Erie County and the rest of the country raise awareness of mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, and educate the public.

This year, NAMI National is promoting the theme of “CureStigma” throughout all awareness events, including Mental Health Month.

Stigma is important to fight because 1 in 5 Americans are affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health as it creates an environment of shame, fear, and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment.

Stigma is 100% curable. Compassion, empathy, and understanding are the antidote. Your voice can spread the cure. Join NAMI and Together we can #CureStigma.

For more information on Mental Health Month, visit our website, NAMIerie.org or check out CureStigma.org for information to watch NAMI Ambassadors deliver a message of hope, take a quiz about stigma, and download NAMI’s new emoji/sticker pack for your phone!

Spring cookie and soup jar sales

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Erie County’s popular soup and cookie jars are back! Thanks in part to volunteers traveling from Michigan State, we have plenty of jars for sale.

This year’s sale will feature the following recipes:
Cookies: Cowboy cookies (oatmeal, walnuts and chocolate chips) and lemon white chocolate cookies.
Soups: Italian Friendship Soup and Potato soup.


Soup and cookie jars are $5, and they are now available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit NAMI’s free Family-to-Family and Peer-to-Peer Programs.

This year, we are offering three easy ways to place your order: online by visiting our website, over the phone, or by stopping by the office. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for you to call in or stop by. If you order ahead, we can have your order ready when you stop in!

Soup and cookie jars make a great gift for your coworkers, neighbors, or children’s teachers, and you will know that the gift you purchase supports a great cause!

Laughter in the Limelight Act II

A comedic view of life as told by local news personalities and local officials.

When: Wednesday, March 21st

Where: Jr’s Last Laugh Comedy Club

The show begins at 7:00 p.m. Kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20.00 at the door. Tickets can also be bought at our office or at The Mental Health Association of NW PA‘s office.

Proceeds to benefit NAMI of Erie  &  The Mental Health Association of NW PA.

 

This year’s news personalities and public officials include:

Dan Rupp, Meteorologist with Jet 24/Fox 66

Brenda Sanberg, Executive Director of Erie Western Port Authority

John Last, News Reporter with Erie News Now

Elena LaQuatra, Reporter with WJET/ Fox 66

John Buchna, Chief Executive Officer Erie Downtown Partnership

Pam Forsyth, General Manager of Lilly Broadcasting

Sean Lafferty, News Anchor with WJET/ Fox 66

Joe Schember, Mayor City of Erie

Lyell Cook, Erie County Coroner

Dean Pepicello, Harborcreek Township Supervisor and Voice of the Erie Otters, (Emcee for the show)

John Groh, Millcreek Township Supervisor (Event coordinator)