NAMI Dane County is dedicated to advancing advocacy, education and support to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness.
Alice Pauser, the evening's keynote speaker
Sue Petkovsek, newly named president of the NAMI Dane County Board, addresses the audience.
NBC-15 news anchor Leigh Mills volunteered her time as emcee of the 2013 NAMI Dane County Annual Banquet.
USBank President Dan Frazier accepts the Distinguished Service award during the Annual Banquet. Frazier served as Business Team Chair during the 2012 NAMIWalk.
Kalen Ruck, Reentry Disabilities Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, also received a Distinguished Service Award during the Annual Banquet.
Accepting the award for Unsung Heroine was Rena Kornblum of the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy.
Jim Chiolino, a past member of the NAMI Dane County Board, accepted the award for Community Citizen. As president of the Madison Theatre Guild's Board, he has helped raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for NAMI Dane County.
Glenn Mitroff accepted the Media Award for Excellence for WORT 89.9 FM. WORT received the award for its extensive coverage of topics related to mental illness through programs.
Kim Owens, a mental health consumer and NAMI Connection Facilitator, received the Jim Hinsberger Award for Excellence. She formerly served on NAMI Dane County's Consumer Council.
Bonnie Loughran, executive Director, steals a moment at the podium during NAMI Dane County Annual Banquet
Bonnie Loughran, executive director of NAMI Dane County, shares a moment with Mike Young, brother of Mark Young, who received a Special Recognition Award posthumously.
NAMI Dane County Board President Sue Petkovsek with new board member Beth Barry.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Pathways to Wellness, is the theme for the May, 2013 Mental Health Month, and details what wellness is and how it can be achieved in a mental health capacity. Defined as “an active process of becoming aware of, and making choices toward a more successful existence,” this year’s campaign focuses on the variety of pathways people can take to work toward wellness, such as achieving good overall health, maintaining positive relationships, taking care of your community, learning to let go of negativity and more.
Mental Health Month is a way to communicate with mental health stakeholders about mental health facts, share personal stories, educate the community and eliminate stigma. A campaign derived from Mental Health America, Pathways to Wellness also discusses why it is important to address the social determinants of health. “Creating a framework that incorporates the social determinants of health can provide a more complete picture of why people become ill initially, and what it will take to restore their health.
Facts at a Glance
- Approximately 3.5 million individuals are homeless in America.
- In the U.S., 44 million people are living in poverty and 41.3 million are using food stamps.
- The U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with 2.3 million in prison.
- LGB individuals have a 1.5 higher rate of depression and anxiety disorders over a period of 12 months or a lifetime then heterosexual individuals.
The Teen Support Group is designed for teens, ages 14-18 (must still be in high school), who have a mental illness and are looking for a supportive environment where they will learn about symptoms, treatment and resources, as well as spend time socializing with peers. A recovery model will be emphasized.
The NAMI Teen Support Group is an on-going, weekly support group. This is an open-ended group meaning that attendance is not mandatory at all sessions in order to be involved, and there is no specific start and end date to attending.
Two mental health professionals facilitate this group, which meets at 5:00 p.m. each Wednesday at the United Way Building in Madison. Registration by a parent or guardian is required for teens under 18. New participants are always welcome.
The support group also includes:
An opportunity for social support to decrease feelings of “being alone”.
Opportunities to increase knowledge about symptoms and treatments.
Learning skills that may increase one’s ability to cope with mental illness, both from the consumer and family perspective.
Information regarding community resources that are available post-high school.
Periodic meetings for the parents with the Teen Group facilitators.
When: Wednesdays from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: United Way Building, 1st floor conference room, 2059 Atwood Ave., Madison
Contact: NAMI Dane County at (608) 249-7188 for more information.
Q&A with Bonnie Loughran
There has been much talk in recent weeks at the national and state levels about mental illness, a topic that is often misrepresented, misunderstood and generally not the focus of much media attention unless something tragic happens.
It’s the job of mental health advocates like Bonnie Loughran, executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness of Dane County, to push past these stereotypes and speak out on the importance of early diagnosis and sustained treatment so people can live healthy, fruitful lives, she says.