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NAMI Southwest Michigan considers the health and safety of our members and community a top priority.

 

Due to the recommended mitigation practices initiated by the State of Michigan to slow the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, NAMI Southwest Michigan is cancelling all scheduled Family Support Group meetings until May 1. This cancellation is effective for both our Kalamazoo and Portage Family Support Group meetings.

 

We will continue to monitor the recommended mitigation precautions, within both our community and state, and re-assess the practicality of holding meetings after May 1. Any changes to our plans will be posted on our website and Facebook pages.

 

Please be safe and remember that the best prevention for any virus is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.

  • Use hand sanitizer.

  • Disinfect surfaces and frequently touched items.

  • Avoid touching tour eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose, with a tissue or upper sleeve, when coughing or sneezing.

  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.

NAMI Family Support Groups, offered by NAMI affiliates in communities across the country, are FREE, confidential and safe groups of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges.  In NAMI Family Support Groups, participants join a caring group of people helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom.  The Groups are facilitated by trained individuals, with the lived experience of loved ones who struggle with mental health challenges.

NAMI Southwest Michigan (formerly NAMI Kalamazoo) currently offers two (2) NAMI Family Support Groups:

* At Integrated Services of Kalamazoo (ISK), located at 418 W. Kalamazoo   Ave. (Kalamazoo), on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm, and

* At Victory Baptist Church, located at 308 W. Milham Ave. (Portage), on the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00pm.

*  Registration is not required and the groups are FREE!  *

Consider trying a group if you’ve felt overwhelmed, confused, frustrated, sad, or stressed because someone you care about is suffering from a mental health issue. Come and find support in a place where you can speak freely with others who have faced similar experiences; as well as, achieve a renewed sense of hope.

For further information about NAMI Southwest Michigan’s Family Support Groups, visit the NAMI Southwest Michigan website www.namiswmich.org, or contact:

NAMI Southwest Michigan

Richard Thompson, Family Education Program Coord.

Richard@namikzoo.org

(269) 459-7177

For further information about Family Support Services, please contact:

Integrated Services of Kalamazoo

Deb Schauer - Family Support Specialist

dschauer@iskzoo.org

(269) 364-6961