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President Teri’s Thoughts:

I’d like to thank everyone for giving me the privilege to serve as President. The past 4 months have been a real learning experience, and I’m so grateful to be working with all our talented volunteers and board members. They have taught, and are still teaching me, much about where NAMI Spokane started, and how it came to be what it is now.

I am excited about our new board carrying on the wonderful work of those that came before us. We are working hard on ensuring a smooth path forward as we continue to grow. Please feel welcome to share any thoughts or concerns you may have. Your input is always helpful and appreciated.

I am passionate about NAMI Spokane and our mission. I have struggled personally with mental illness my entire life, and it has been very difficult at times. These hard times have taught me the value of our classes and support groups, and the difference they can make in people’s lives. It is my goal to ensure that every person in Spokane gets to know NAMI Spokane. Our volunteers, members, participants, supporters and board are an inspiration to me and to our community.

Thank you for being who you are and doing what you do!

Current Events:

This is a challenging month for our volunteer program leaders. We’re attempting to present all three of NAMI’s signature education programs this fall and are now trying to reach everyone who might benefit from our Free Courses. NAMI Family-to-Family and NAMI Peer-to-Peer, both start in September. NAMI Basics will be held on three Saturdays in October. See the flyers enclosed for course descriptions, dates and places and please help spread the word.

Pre-registration, the sooner the better, is recommended for all courses as there are class size limits for each. Phone Ron, 509-590-9897, to inquire or register for any of the above courses.

As we go to press, the outreach committee is planning Open Your Mind 2015, our 6th annual October event commemorating National Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 4 -10) and Month (October).

Save the Date: On Thursday October 22 we’ll be back in the Magic Lantern Theatre for an evening of movies and fun. We’re currently building a program that entertains, educates and empowers. Please share your thoughts on any productions we can screen without paying for prohibitive presentation rights.

Also please visit our resource displays during these September events sponsored by two community partners:

2015 Spokane Veterans Mental Health Summit and Community Resource Fair, September 18, 8:30 -4:00 At WSU Riverpoint Campus, Phase One Classroom Bldg.

2015 Out of the Darkness Walk on Sept. 19, 10:00 to Noon at Riverfront Park, Northbank Shelter.