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2012 General Meeting Topics

NOTE: Location and time for the 2012 meetings.
7:00 pm–8:30 pm
Conference Room 1B
Sacramento County Division of Mental Health Building
(the building with the clock tower)
3331 Power Inn Road, Sacramento, CA 95826

Light Refreshments are served at the meetings. Attendees are welcome to bring a dish of finger food (doesn't require fork or utensils to eat) to contribute to the potluck. Brining a dish of food to share is not required.

We've have some great informative and inspiring speakers at NAMI Sacramento General Meetings. Here is a summary of meeting topics for the coming year:

January 9- Children: Mental Health, Emotional Health and Neuro-Behavioral Disorders

A panel of three speakers will provide presentations on:

  • Brain Balance Achievement Centers - Tim Slone, Owner and Center Director of Brain Balance Achievement Center of Rocklin will discuss his Center's non-medical, brain-based program for children with learning difficulties and behavioral difficulties, AD/HD, dyslexia, Touretts's, OCD, Asperger's and autism spectrum disorders. 
  • Ask the Doctor - Dr. Mark Edelstein, board certified child psychiatrist and Medical Director of EMQ Families First, will answer your questions about mental illness in children and adolescents.
  • NAMI Basics Education Program Overview - Lynn Cathy, Director of Family Programs at NAMI California, will give a brief presentation on NAMI Sacramento's newest program, NAMI Basics.  NAMI Basics is a free 6-week course for parents and caregivers of a young child or teen with mental illness, suspected mental illness or behavior concerns

March 12 - Food and Its Effects on Mental Health

Trudy Scott will discuss the effects of food and nutrition on mental health and the science behind it.  Trudy Scott is a certified nutritionist, food and mood expert, speaker and author of the book "The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings" (New Harbinger). Ms. Scott has a nutrition practice in the Sacramento area, is a recent President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, and is a member of several organizations including the Alliance for Addiction Solutions, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and NAMI Sacramento.  Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and purchase Ms. Scott's book and get her to personally autograph it.

May 14 -Surviving the Suicidal Legacy of Anne Sexton:  Half in Love, a Daughter’s Story

Last Minute Change 
of Speaker 
for Monday's General Meeting

Due to the medical crisis of a family member,  
Linda Gray Sexton will not be speaking this Monday 
at the NAMI Sacramento General Meeting.
Liseanne Wick, Program Manager of Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services at The Effort, has generously offered to be our featured speaker.

Liseanne Wick has worked for nearly a decade in the field of suicidology, and is currently the Program Manager for The Effort's Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services program.  She is also a survivor of suicide loss, having experienced the suicide death of her brother.  She speaks frequently in the region as an expert on suicide, prevention, risk assessment, and postvention--what happens after a suicide attempt or death.  

Join Liseanne Wick as she shares with us her personal and professional perspective on the tragic issue of suicide and the encouraging news that much can be done to help in the midst of a suicidal crisis and afterward.  

July 9 - Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans.

Denise Henderson, M.D., and Traci Sitzer, Ph.D., both of the VA Northern California Health Care System, will give a presentation about new information and research findings on military veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

August 13 -Introduction to NAMI Sacramento's Support, Education and Anti-Stigma Programs

Meet the NAMI Sacramento program coordinators and learn about NAMI Sacramento's many programs, including serveral new ones. Presentations will be made about our educational classes (NAMI Basics, Family-to-Family in English and Spanish, Peer-to-Peer), support groups (Family Support, NAMI Connection Consumer Support) and our anti-stigma programs (Ending the Silence, In Our Own Voice, Parents & Teachers as Allies). There will be plentty of time for questions and answers.

September 10 - Aging and Mental Health

Have you ever wondered if depression is a normal part of aging?  Do you wonder if mental illness symptoms change as we age?  This month’s NAMI General Meeting will give you the opportunity to find out the answers and to ask your own questions.

We will show a brief video about resilience in older adults and learn about mental health and aging.  Our three guest speakers are experts on this topic.

* Tatiana Shevchenko, Program Coordinator of Older Adults: Supporting Community Connections and Suicide Prevention program at Mental Health America of Northern California (MHANC).

* Ameshia Arthur, MSW, Supervisor of El Hogar’s SeniorLink program, will discuss the services that SeniorLink provides to older adults in Sacramento County.

*Heidi Richardson, LCSW, Program Specialist, Sacramento County Adult Protective Services.

October 8 October 15 - Choices in Recovery.

This presentation provided by Janssen Pharmaceuticals is designed to inspire people living with schizophrenia, schizoaffective and bipolar I disorder to take ownership of their mental health recovery journey so they can live meaningful lives.  In this informative and interactive session, speaker Daniel Bejarano, a Peer Specialist Counselor, will cover a range of topics relating to wellness and recovery, including:

  • Recovery plan elements
  • Establishing a recovery team
  • The role of medication in recovery
  • Accessing supportive treatments
  • Strategies for success

Monday, November 12—The Law, the Jails and Mental Illness
This program will include a discussion of Laura’s Law with various speakers presenting both the pro and con sides of the debate about assisted outpatient treatment. Guest speakers:

  • John Buck, Executive Director of Turning Point Community Programs
  • Carol Stanchfield, Program Director, Turning Point Community Programs (Nevada County)
  • Sean Rashkis, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights California

7:30 to 9:00 pm, SMUD Auditorium, 6201 S St., Sacramento, CA 95817

Monday, December 10Holiday Stress Busters, Volunteer Recognition and Party

Jeanne Templeman, RN, CNS, LCSW, will speak to us about managing stress during the holidays and we'll also celebrate with a holiday party and honor our volunteers.  This party is open to all friends of NAMI Sacramento and their guests. Newcomers welcome.  Come celebrate the end of the year and enjoy special refreshments with NAMI Sacramento! 

7:00–8:30 pm
Sacramento County Division of Mental Health Building (building with the clock tower)
3331 Power Inn Road, Sacramento, CA 95826

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