New Family Support Group in Reading

We are pleased to announce that we have just added a NAMI Family Support Group that meets in the town of Reading. This extends our range of offerings eastward, better serving more of our members.

The Reading Family Support Group started meeting on July 15, 2018, and will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month from 7:00-8:30PM.

Location:

Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading
239 Woburn St.
Reading, MA 01867

Thank you to the UU Church for hosting us. And thank you to our facilitators, Cate, Diane, Guy and Judy. These groups are not possible without you!

For more details about this group, please see our flyer: Reading Family Support Group Flyer

Mental Health Parity At Risk

New research highlights insurance disparities that prioritize profits over people and jeopardize the well being of Americans with mental health conditions.

NAMI has released a new report on the risks posed by current efforts to weaken the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Please read! Tell your legislators that you want them to protect insurance parity for mental health conditions.

 

NAMI Walks Boston – Saturday May 19th – only DAYS TO GO!

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With only days to go the NAMI Walk is almost upon us, we are closing in on another special day! Your help is required! The preparations are in hand and many of our members are energetically working to recruit friends and family to join one of the Central Middlesex Teams.

This is the prime time for NAMI fundraising when all of us ASK our friends, neighbors and families to support us in this year’s challenge to fund NAMI operations and programs for next year. We need your help! But you have to ASK!

Even if you cannot be present at this joyous event please support NAMI and ask you friends and family to support this worthy cause. Many hands can make a difference!

Joining or donating is easy at one of the registered NAMI Central Middlesex Teams.

Registration is also possible at the Walk Site starting at 9 am!

Checks made out to NAMI Massachusetts (with Central Middlesex on the memo line), and even cash are accepted. These can be brought to the walk site and handed in at the NAMI Central Middlesex Canopy (The one with the red top!) or mailed to NAMI Central Middlesex, P.O. Box 6243, Lincoln, MA 01773.

On Walk day, buses are available from the Edinburg Center 205 Burlington Rd Bedford, Elm Brook Club House, 4 A St, Burlington and Potter Place 15 Vernon Street Waltham leaving all locations between 9.15 & 9.30 am, returning at about 2 pm. Parking is available.

At Artesani Park on WALK day: Registration starts at 9 am, the celebration begin at 10 am with speeches and the WALK starts at 11 am. Come join the stigma free fun day!

It’s time to contact your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues, invite them to join you, support you and/or be part of a NAMI Central Middlesex Team for the NAMI Boston Walk 2018!

 

Advocacy – North Reading & Wilmington

Here is some Middlesex County specific information to inform our members:

There is an amendment pending on the Criminal Justice Reform bill that would establish a Restoration Center pilot program in Middlesex County. The proposed 24-hour center would provide specialized crisis services specifically for mental health, substance use, and related issues where police officers could drop off an individual, explain the situation to a clinician, and know that the person will get the care they need – including the possibility of staying for a few days to stabilize.  FACT SHEET

Constituents of Senator Bruce Tarr – including our North Reading and Wilmington members – can help move this process forward.  MORE INFO

Connections Meeting Cancelled – January 4!

Due to the unsafe travel conditions expected with Thursday’s snow storm, we are cancelling the meeting of our Acton NAMI Connections group on January 4.

Stay home, stay safe!

Whenever travel conditions seem dicey, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out the status of any of our planned events.