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Community Presentations

Starting this month, NAMI is holding community presentations at our office with Joyous Spirit Yoga. The group will meet every Thursday at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Throughout the class, participants will learn how their feelings, emotions, and way of doing things are based on beliefs they have about life, where those beliefs came from, and tools to help them not just survive but thrive.

The course is based on the book “The Four Agreements” written by Don Miguel Ruiz. Each class covers a new agreement. Classes will cover breathing techniques, as well as discussions to help participants understand what each agreement means.

Week one, which occurred on September 3, focused on The First Agreement: Be impeccable with your word. Week two, happening September 10, will focus on the Second Agreement: Don’t take anything personally.

Week three, happening September 17, will focus on the Third Agreement: Don’t make assumptions. Week four, happening September 24, will focus on the Fourth Agreement: Always do your best and the new dream.

You can access this free course through Zoom with Meeting ID 371 424 9043. For more information, please call our office at (814) 456-1773.

NAMI Support Groups

NAMI offers a variety of educational programming throughout the year that is offered at no cost to participants. This fall, we are adding more support groups to our calendar to better assist the Erie community.

Art Support Group is held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This group is a traditional support group infused with art and literary activities to help facilitate discussion.

Both Sides of the Couch gives participants the opportunity to hear from Dr. Matt Sipple and Julie Mannarino, LCSW. They provide an unbiased view on the Coronavirus, mental wellness, the future, and everything in between. This group meets every first Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. and third Thursday at 4 p.m.

Mental Wellness Wednesdays are hosted by Charles Brown and held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Peer and Family Support Groups can be accessed both in-person and online. Peer Support Group is held at 6 p.m. every first and third Monday of the month. Family Support Group is held at 6 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month.

The COVID-19 Support Group benefits anyone experiencing heightened symptoms of depression or anxiety during COVID-19. It can be accessed weekdays at noon.

There is no registration or formal diagnosis required for any support groups. All groups are free of cost to participants and can be accessed on the homepage of NAMIerie.org. For more information, call (814) 456-1773.

Enroll in NAMI’s Fall 2020 Programming Today!

NAMI offers a variety of educational programming throughout the year that is offered at no cost to participants. This fall, we are holding Family-to-Family, NAMI Basics, and the pilot session of NAMI Homefront.

“I’ve taught both the Family-to-Family and NAMI Basics programs many times,” says Christina Halli, NAMI program facilitator, “and, as both a graduate of these programs and instructor, I can say they have not only made a tremendous positive difference for my own family, but on hundreds of other families in our community, as well.”

NAMI’s Family-to-Family program is scheduled to begin this September at St. John’s Lutheran church in Girard located at 8942 West Ridge Road. The NAMI Basics program and NAMI Homefront program will both be held at our office located at 1611 Peach Street, Suite 218.

NAMI Homefront is a six-week program for family members, friends, and caregivers who have a veteran or active-duty loved one facing mental health challenges. This course provides families with mental health education, new communication strategies, empathy-building workshops, and self-care techniques.

It also provides information and skills on how to access benefits that their loved one has earned through their service. The class is taught by fellow military family members who have the lived experience to help participants.

“As a veteran myself, I know this class will provide families with a greater understanding of the unique challenges we veterans face,” says Halli. “The education provided through this program will bring families closer together, increase the quality of life for all involved and eliminate stigma throughout the community.”

The fall session of NAMI Homefront, funded by Roar on the Shore, begins Wednesday, September 16. There is no formal diagnosis required.
For more information about any NAMI programs, or to register, call (814) 456-1773.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illness, and Youth Mental Health First Aid focuses on helping young people experiencing mental health challenges.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed for adults working with young people such as parents, caregivers, teachers, and other caring citizens that want to help. It’s beneficial for crisis and non-crisis situations.

All classes are held at the NAMI office from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Available
dates include:

  • Friday, August 14
  • Friday, August 21
  • Friday, August 28 (YMHFA)

Trainings are free to the public, however registration is required. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so you will receive a confirmation email if you are registered.

For more information, call NAMI at (814) 456-1773.

NAMI Homefront

The transition from war to civilian life isn’t easy for soldiers or their families. They can feel alone. And that’s why we created NAMI Homefront. Homefront is a free program that helps veterans and families bring recovery to light. You get advice and encouragement from military families who’ve been through it themselves. They don’t have to be in the dark.

This six-week program focuses on providing mental health education for family members, friends, and loved ones of veterans and active-duty service members who are experiencing mental health
challenges. Through this course, participants gain a better understanding of the challenges their loved one is facing, information on mental illnesses, including an emphasis on post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

It also includes ways to advocate for treatment and support their loved one has earned through their service. Lastly, it includes self care strategies for participants to learn how to empower themselves to continue supporting their loved one.

NAMI Homefront is beginning its pilot session in Erie on Wednesday, September 16.

(L-R) The Halli Family- Bill, Hannah, Jack, and Christina Halli- and Denise L. Kolivoski, MBA, NAMI of Erie County’s Executive Director

Mental Health First Aid

NAMI is continuing to offer MHFA and Youth MHFA to the Erie community! These trainings are entirely free to the public, but seating will be limited, so be sure to register.
We are following all guidelines given for social distancing to ensure the safety of participants and instructors.
Class sizes will be limited to eight participants per class. We have spots available for the following training dates:

  • Friday, July 17
  • Friday, July 24
  • Friday, July 31
  • Friday, August 14
  • Friday, August 21

MHFA and Youth MHFA help participants to identify, understand, and respond to the signs of mental illness. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so you will receive a confirmation email if you are registered.

Thank You for Another Fabulous Golf Outing!

NAMI’s 8th Annual Fabulous Golf Outing was a FABULOUS success! The outing would not be possible without our donors and sponsors. Since it’s inception, funds raised from the golf outing have helped NAMI assist more than 24,000 Erie County individuals and families in need.

Some of our FABULOUS sponsors this year included: Accudyn, Erie County Care Management, Erie News Now, Highmark, The HUB, Knox Law Firm, Lamar Advertising, Northwest Bank, PSB Industries, TechWorx, Tipsy Bean, and UPMC Health Plan!

Congratulations to our FABULOUS Golden Boa winners from Northwest Bank. The winners are: (L-R) Adam Nelson, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, Jen Stewart, Cash Management Advisor at Northwest Bank and NAMI Golf Committee Member, Nate Ross, Business Banker at Northwest Bank and NAMI Board Member, and Ben Motyl, Financial Advisor at PNC Bank.

Make sure to mark your calendars and join us next year for more FUN and FABULOUS-NESS on June 25, 2021!

The Fabulous Golf Outing proceeds benefit NAMI of Erie County’s free educational programs and services that support individuals and families living with mental health challenges.

NAMI’s 8th Annual Fabulous Golf Outing

Golf is open! Join NAMI for fun and fabulous-ness on Friday, June 26 at Venango Valley Inn & Golf Course.

As always, golfers will enjoy a day of 18-holes, along with live music provided by Mike Trott, and lunch donated by Give a Crepe. Later on, DJ Tony B is playing all the greatest hits on the course where golfers compete for the Golden Boa Award and fabulous team prizes!

The Fabulous Golf Outing benefits our signature Family-to-Family program that helps individuals and families in Erie County.
“Our mission of mental health education is now more important than ever before. We encourage the community to support NAMI’s Fabulous Golf Outing so we can help families that need additional assistance during these challenging times,” says Denise Kolivoski, MBA, NAMI of Erie County Director.

Throughout the years, the Fabulous Golf Outing has helped more than 30,000 individuals and families in Erie County. This couldn’t be possible without our fabulous supporters!
You can be a part of this fabulous day. Register your golf foursome today at NAMIerie.org/fabulous, and we’ll see you out on the green!

Be There. Be Fabulous.

Pictured above: 2019 Golden Boa Winners (L-R) Justin Spierling, Gary Winner, NAMI Executive Director, Denise L. Kolivoski, MBA, Dean Rainville, Jacques Lemoyne

NAMI Homefront

NAMI is hosting the pilot session of NAMI Homefront in September. This is an educational program for families, caregivers, and friends of military service members and veterans living with mental health conditions. It’s offered at no cost to participants and no formal diagnosis is required.

Based on the nationally recognized Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers, and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of veterans living with mental health conditions.
NAMI Homefront teaches participants how to manage crises, solve problems, and communicate effectively with their loved one.

The course also teaches how to develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion. There’s knowledge passed along that includes the latest research and information on mental health.

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