White Picket Fence- March 2015

S PRING 2015, I SSUE N O . 1
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The White Picket Fence is now accepting submissions for
our Summer issue. Please submit your stories, poems, pictures and other works of self-expression to:
[email protected]
PEER COUNCIL CORNER
M ICHAEL G ARDEN
WITH
GARAGE SALE—The Council is planning a
“Gather Your Goods” Garage Sale on May 16,
8:30 am-1:00 pm at the NAMI office, 1520 10th
Avenue, N, Lake Worth. Proceeds will also benefit the Peer Council’s activities. Contact Michael
at 561-588-3477 for more info.
April Peer Council Meeting
Friday, April 24th at 4:30 pm
NAMI PBC office, 1520 10th Avenue North,
Suite D, Lake Worth, 33460
Bingo, pizza and refreshments will be served
CAR WASH
On March 14, the NAMI PBC Peer Council
held its first car wash in Lake Worth. Peer Council President, Michael Garden, initiated this profitable event to raise funds for the multitude of
activities sponsored by the Council. Many cars
were washed, everyone worked hard, and we all
had a lot of fun! Check out our YouTube video
at: tinyurl.com/namipbcvideos
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NAMI Connection Recovery
Support Groups
Lake Worth (NAMI Office)
1520 10th Avenue N, Suite D Lake Worth, FL
33460
Saturdays 6:00-7:30pm
YOU CAN HELP US!
NAMI Palm Beach County is thrilled to participate in the GREAT GIVE PBC, a 24-hour online
giving event. Led by the Community Foundation for
Palm Beach and Martin Counties and United Way of
Palm Beach County, the GREAT GIVE is designed to
raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in
a single day.
Every donation NAMI Palm Beach County
receives from 5:00 pm May 5 to 5:00 pm May 6 will
be multiplied with bonus dollars from a local pool.
IT’S SO SIMPLE: Even the minimum donation
of $10 will make a difference! Tell YOUR FRIENDS
AND FAMILY. Keep an eye out for events and more
information.
Delray Beach (Toole Building So. County
Mental Health Center)
16158 S Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 33484
Mondays 1:45-2:45pm &
Wednesdays 10:15-11:30am
Jupiter (Southeast Behavioral Health Network)
140 Intracoastal Pointe Dr., Suite 208, Jupiter, FL
33477
Wednesdays 5:30-7:00pm
Hypoluxo (Amigos Group — Jeff Industries)
111 E Coast Avenue, Hypoluxo, FL 33462
Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm
NAMI/PBC Adolescent
Support Groups
Young Adults Group
West Palm Beach (NAMI Office)
5205 Greenwood Ave, Ste 110, West Palm Bch, FL 33407
Grades 7-8: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm
Grades 9-12: Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm
Ages 18-35
Lake Worth
6801 Lake Worth Road, Suite 101, Lake Worth, FL 33467
Grades 7-8: Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm
Grades 9-12: Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm
1st three Fridays of the Month
6:00 pm-7:30pm
NAMI PBC Office
1520 10th Ave., N, Suite D
Lake Worth, FL 33460
Jupiter
50 South US Highway 1, Suite 309, Jupiter, FL 33477
Grades 7-8: Mondays 5:30-6:30pm
Grades 9-12: Mondays 6:30-7:30pm
Boca Raton *NEW
800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486
Grades 7-8: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm
Grades 9-12: Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm
For more info contact Peter at
561-588-3477
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EVERYDAY AYURVEDA
By Gia Sweeney
No wonder Ayurveda struck a chord with me from the moment I
walked into my first workshop. This sacred healing system, dating back
thousands of years has found its way into my life and continues to grow
each day.
Ayurveda, known as the living science of life, Teaches us to respond to
the stress of everyday life. Ayurveda treats the whole person, not the
symptom(s).
For me, Ayurveda has given me the gift of becoming "myself." It makes
room for any Western medical treatments I may need along with a holistic
approach. It meets me where I am, which is another reason why I feel so
drawn to this practice.
In closing, I feel so grateful to have been introduced to this healing system, and I am blessed to have such inspiring teachers.
Thanks for letting me share. Om, om, om.
Gia facilitates Yoga sessions for
NAMI PBC’s Peer Council
A FAIR MAIDEN
There once was a maiden of a place who
ruled time and space.
She lived in a castle near the sea waiting
for me to be free.
When I get to her, I already know by the
way she wears her clothes, it’s time to dance
the night away until the next day.
Her looks are flawless as can be while she
waits and waits for me.
I will come someday maybe in the month
of May.
Until then take this kiss to forever hold
even when you are old; never giving it away
or letting it go astray, because I only want the
girl with the golden hair for she is fair.
-Perry Schwartz
Think your Drink and Eat for Health — We will
discover together how to make the most helpful
healthful choices when choosing beverages and
snacks.
Presented by
Marilyn Ricci, M.S., R.D.N.,
NAMI National 2nd Vice President
Two Presentation Offerings:
April 7, 2015
April 21, 2015
3:30-5:00 pm
Or
3:30-5:00 pm
West Palm Beach
Lake Worth
RSVP Required 561-588-3477
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Pet Profiles
BOB, THE RECYCLER
JACKIE’S BEDSIDE MANNER
Meet Bob, our Executive Director, Liz
Downey’s dog. Bob is 10 years old and is a Australian Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix. He is 92
lbs. and a very lovable guy. “As you can see, Bob
didn’t start out so big. He used to fit in my hand,”
says Liz.
Bob has many tricks, but the best trick of all is
his ability to recycle. Many years ago, Peter, Liz’s
son, taught Bob to recycle for a video he was making for Earth Day. You can still view the video on
You Tube — just search for:
Bob the Recycler
Earth Day 2010
I was recently sick for three days. Astoundingly, my dog, Jackie, laid right there at the foot
of my bed. She knew in a remarkable way that I
didn’t feel well. Yet, on a larger scale, in an incredible way, she makes me feel well.
She has such a receptive nature and is great
with other people and dogs of all types. Her intuition is astounding at times. She sits, is an accomplished fetcher and a great traveling companion.
Dogs have become quite a topic of dogalogue
in our society, from man’s best friend, to rescue,
to service; they provide quite a purpose.
Through NAMI I’ve come to know many peers
with pets of all kinds and realize what a difference their relationships make in our lives.
- Michael Garden
Send us a story about your pet/s with
some pix. We will feature you and your
furry friends in our Summer issue.
[email protected]
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advocacy
NAMI PALM BEACH COUNTY SPEAKS OUT
AT
NAMI’S RALLY IN TALLY
VOLUNTEER SERVICE
By Michael Garden
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are
free, 90-minute, weekly structured support groups.
When I first got involved with NAMI I became a
regular NAMI PBC peer member participant for
over a year at our NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group in Lake Worth.
One of the co-facilitators offered me the opportunity to become a certified facilitator. After completing the NAMI Florida facilitator training, I cofacilitated the NAMI Connection group in Lake
Worth for over a year.
PBC Delegation from left: Peter Davey, Carmen Palacios,
Donna Estess, Marsha Martino, Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, Liz
Downey and Victoria Witt.
On March 23, six of our members took a road
trip up to Tallahassee for NAMI’s Advocacy Day—
Rally In Tally.
On March 24, our Palm Beach County delegation was afforded an opportunity to address the
House Subcommittee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the Capitol in Tallahassee. Each
one of us was called to the podium to speak. They
knew NAMI was in the House.
After leaving the room, the NAMI PBC delegation was greeted with applause and many came
up to congratulate us on a job well done. It was a
great start of our day!
We urge you to join NAMI PBC’s Public Affairs Committee. Next year we hope you will join
us to be a part of this important advocacy.
Becoming a NAMI Connection facilitator has given me mental strength, structure and also friendships. Each week peers gather together to share,
open up, listen, or just attend to be a part. Throughout the year, we gather, as some would say,
“regulars,” some “newcomers,” and some “dropins” as anyone with diagnosis is welcomed.
In these solution-oriented meetings, we share our
unique experience as well as similar symptoms,
challenges and accomplishments. There is encouragement and motivation to attend and to remember,
“We never give up hope!”
PEER-TO-PEER GRADUATION
Become one of our NAMI Peer-to-Peer Alumni.
Get signed up, get educated, and get involved!
Call Lynsey at 561-588-3477 to get on the wait list
for the next course offering.
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