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NAMI: Caring and coping with mental illness

By Sonny Long
Oct. 22, 2010 at 5:22 a.m.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness reaches out to individuals and families who need help facing the challenge of mental illness. Through educational materials, support groups, guest speakers and other outreach programs, NAMI strives to bridge the gap between the stigma of mental illness and the reality of living with it on a daily basis. These programs are taught by people who have lived with mental illness or a family member who has learned to live well with loved one who has the illness.

The Victoria affiliate of NAMI meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Parkway Church, 4802 N. John Stockbauer Drive.

Support group meetings are held at Laurent Towers, 1908 N. Laurent St., in the second floor conference room at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays.

HISTORY: Founded locally in January 2005

AREAS SERVED: Victoria and surrounding counties

SERVICES PROVIDED: Education, support and advocacy for the mentally ill and their loved ones. Pamphlets, movies and other resources provided free of charge.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE SERVED ANNUALLY: Responds to all who contact us for help. About five to 10 calls weekly.

FUNDING: Relies on donations from the public. The Gulf Bend Center helps fund some functions. Any other funds come from the board of directors and local members on an as needed basis.

GREATEST NEEDS: Funds are needed to train members to go out and educate the public on mental illness; print and buy educational materials; and to bring in speakers for community programs on mental illness. Needs a building with public access, office and meeting room space.

STAFF:

Volunteer board of directors

President: Patsy Weppler

Secretary and Treasurer: Yvette Alexander

Outreach Support: Joe Etlinger

Family to Family Facilitator: Bruce Kaiser

Outreach Support/Fund Drives: Randy Snider

Peer Support Facilitator: Tracy Kutach

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Mail received at 711 Pheasant Drive, Victoria, TX 77905.

Phone: 361-578-3935

www.namivictoria.org

namivictoria@yahoo.com

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