The answer: Very Strong.
NAMI can make a tremendous difference, on levels from personal to political, and ranging from local to national. I have felt it as a Family-to-Family participant, teacher and trainer; I have, I hope, nurtured it as a NAMI National Convention Presenter, and as a writer.
And, as a speaker and broadcaster, [...]
This video, created by Barmont Productions for NAMI in Connecticut, shows in seven short minutes a smattering of some of the ways NAMI has made a difference in the lives of people living with mental illness, and their families and friends. In it, you will hear a small taste of why Ben Behind His Voices [...]
Sharing Can Shape Our Lives
“For what we are, we are by sharing…and it is by sharing that we move toward the light.” These words come from my temple’s prayerbook for the Jewish New Year, and they never fail to re-ignite my sense of purpose each year.
Before Ben Had a Job, He Took [...]
Okay, so not quite a best-seller yet…unless you count being pretty consistently in the top ten in Amazon’s Best Seller list in the category of Health/Mental Health/Schizophrenia.
This day, this hour, a specialized best seller!
Still, the news from my literary agent (Claire Gerus, who is amazing) today, about a year into the book’s [...]
Best Mothers’ Day gift ever: the Miracle of Ordinary. Just a simple family dinner for 5, out on the deck, with everyone trying hard to do it all without my help (and me trying hard to stay out of the preparations, not always successfully but close!) Cute. Sweet. In a MasterCard word: Priceless
Why? So [...]
Last night I had the pleasure of being the keynote speaker for the Kennedy Center Inc Annual meeting. The theme was inspiring:
Create Hope, Celebrate Potential.
The Kennedy Center staff does so much to do just that, from educational programs to support services
Decorated books! for the centerpieces
like job coaching, to residential [...]
COME AND CELEBRATE! I am thrilled to be one of the speakers at this event, but the real stars are the young adults touched by mental illness, and their art and writings. After that, I will meet and speak with member of Families Anonymous in Connecticut. Sharing is healing.
VOICES ART EXHIBIT SEEKS TO RAISE [...]
The interview for PBS in Phoenix, AZ last Thursday began with this wide-open question: Who is Ben?
How to answer? Well -
different trees, same mental health issues
He’s my son.
He is a sweet, loving, bright, caring, 29-year-old.
And – he has paranoid schizophrenia.
Very importantly, he [...]
There is so much potential, creativity, intelligence, and a wealth of new perspectives to be gained by being open to those affected by mental illness. One wonderful example is the aptly named Open Hearts Gallery in South Carolina.
One Open Hearts Work
THE OPEN HEARTS GALLERY IS A DYNAMIC GALLERY FEATURING THE [...]
Officer Newkirchen, Deputy Chief Lyddy, Captain Smith
Early this month I attended the annual speaker meeting of NAMI Fairfield, a very strong affiliate in Connecticut. Our guests? Members of the local police force, one of its eight officers trained so far (as of the end of this month) for the CIT (Crisis Intervention Team).