Integral Care, a longtime NAMI Austin community partner, was awarded a grant by St. David’s Foundation to expand their Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training program and are now offering weekly classes to the community. MHFA is a one-day training that teaches people how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or showing signs of mental illness or substance use disorder. Just like CPR can save someone who can’t breathe or is having a heart attack, MHFA can save a life.

Register for MHFA.

featuring

Rose McCorkle, M.Ed.
Mental Health Educator and Advocate

Monday, July 24 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
(Meet & greet at 6:30 with event beginning at 6:45)
Austin State Hospital Nifty-Fifty Diner LOCATION CHANGED (7/18)
4110 Guadalupe St. (map
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For many people seeking much needed disability benefits, the process of applying can be daunting. Join NAMI Austin at our monthly community event to learn more about the basics of disability benefits, including the application process, gathering and organizing documentation and tips on submitting a thorough and effective application.

NAMI Community Meetings are free and open to the public. Please share this event and invite a friend to learn about this topic and NAMI Austin.

 

Can Your Phone Help You Manage Your Mental Health? 
Using technology to build positive outcomes

featuring

Dr. Gloria Oyeniyi
Psychiatrist at Seton Mind Institute

Dr. Elizabeth Truong
Clinical Lead at Cloud 9 – technology for psychology

Monday, June 26 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
(Meet & greet at 6:30 with event beginning at 6:45)
Austin State Hospital Nifty-Fifty Diner (Canteen)
4110 Guadalupe (
map)
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Managing mental health issues has changed considerably in the last 10 years with the advent of the modern smartphone. Today, applications make it easy to track, analyze and react to trends in sleep, diet, exercise, medication and more. Apps can help us see how those all can affect mental health treatment and recovery. Join NAMI Austin as we discuss why it’s important to track physical and emotional changes, how technology can help, and what to look for when choosing an app.

NAMI Community Meetings are free and open to the public. Please share this event and invite a friend to learn about this topic and about NAMI Austin.

NAMI is introducing a new family membership category, effective July 1st. This change is in response to many people who have requested a membership that will provide everyone in the household with a NAMI membership and all the benefits. For families, this will be a more affordable option than having multiple individual memberships in the same household.

Membership categories and rates (effective July 1, 2017):

  • Household – $60 annual dues
    For family members living at the same address
  • Individual – $40 annual dues
    Standard membership for one person.
  • Open Door – $5 annual dues 
    For NAMI members experiencing financial constraints

Membership benefits include:

  • Subscription to the Advocate magazine, mailed twice a year
  • Access to members-only areas of the NAMI.org website
  • Discounts on National Convention registration rates, the NAMI Texas Annual Conference
  • Discounts on items in the NAMI store

To join NAMI or renew your membership, visit our Membership Page. The new family membership becomes effective July 1, and your membership renewal is on a rolling year.

Thank you for being part of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Chairman Four Price’s mental health parity bill – HB 10 – is scheduled to hit the House floor on Tuesday, April 4th.

NAMI Texas has been closely involved in crafting this bill and advocating for it. A critical component of the strategy is for NAMI family members and peers to contact their Texas House representative in support of HB 10. We believe that 30-second, clear, and concise phone calls to Texas House representatives is best at this point. Please only call the one Texas House representative that you are a constituent of. Monday is best!

Here is a one-pager with information on HB 10. Please make your call today!

To make your call as easy and effective as possible, follow the simple steps below, provided by NAMI Texas.

Thank you for your advocacy!
NAMI Austin Advocacy Committee


Advocacy Call Checklist

Below is a basic checklist of items to include in these phone calls. A 30-second phone call from one of their constituents can make all the difference.

Introduce yourself:
Say hello.  Identify yourself by your name and mention that you are a constituent and the city or town you live in. Ask to speak to your legislator. If unavailable, ask if staff will relay your message. If you get voicemail, leave your message there.

State your issue and position:
Indicate why you’re calling. Let your legislator know your issue and the position or action you want him or her to take. “I am calling to ask for your / Rep. ____’s support on HB 10 – an important mental health parity bill – when it is heard on the House floor this week.

Make it personal:
Describe why this issue matters to you personally. Include how you are affected by mental illness. If you or a loved one have been affected by unfair private insurance denials for mental health benefits, please mention that.

Optional – add your story or talking point:

  • Option 1: Add a highlight of your story. In one to three sentences, describe an important part of your story that is relevant to the issue. In this case, it would be related to denials for mental health care under private insurance.
  • Option 2: Make a point or two. Talk briefly about the impact of the issue or bill. (please see the attached one-pager)

What is the need or problem:
Mention the problem or need you want addressed. Transition to the challenge(s) faced by people living with mental illness. (In this case: Historically, insurance benefits for mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) services have been limited in many health plans, hindering access to the health care treatment needed for optimal recovery.)

What will help others:
Propose a solution. Let your legislator know what will help address the need or problem you described. (see the 4 “the bill calls for” items on the attached one-pager.)

Make you “ask”:
Express your hope for their support. Let your legislator know, again, the action or position you would like them to take. (“I would like to ask for your / Rep. _____’s support on HB 10 when it is heard on the House floor this week)

Thank your elected official. Let your legislator know you appreciate their time.

NAMI is thrilled to announce its partnership with Lokai, the socially responsible balance brand representing the importance of finding balance along life’s journey. Lokai created a new limited-edition bracelet in partnership with NAMI.

Lokai will donate $1 to NAMI for each Orange Lokai sold through March 31st to fund the NAMI HelpLine for one year, giving people with mental health conditions a safe place to talk and receive the support they need. The HelpLine connects callers to resources in their local community as well as programs provided by NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates.

Why orange?
Lokai chose the color of the NAMI bracelet. They selected orange because it is a mixture of energy from red and happiness from yellow. Orange represents enthusiasm, determination, and encouragement, which are values of NAMI.

Where can you get yours?
The Orange Lokai bracelet is available on www.Lokai.com and through all wholesale partners (find your local retailer) for $18 through March 31, 2017.

Building the movement
In addition to NAMI receiving $1 of each Orange Lokai purchased through March 31, this partnership provides national exposure to NAMI and our mission to build better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

This partnership will help build the mental health movement nationwide. As NAMI grows, it is essential that we strive to reach new audiences so that more people know they are not alone, have a place to turn for support and to share their story, and to access information. This joint campaign is a perfect stepping stone on the path to NAMI becoming a household name.

Congress just unveiled the American Health Care Act. It caps Medicaid funding, which would lead to deep cuts and jeopardize mental health services.

Federal help to buy health insurance would be reduced, leaving people unable to afford mental health care.

And it would freeze Medicaid expansion in 2020, leaving people with mental illness without the services they need to stay in school, on the job and in recovery.

Tell your U.S. Representative this is unacceptable.

Call your Representative NOW at (202) 224-3121, press #2 and enter your zip code.

Use our talking points below–and add your own story, if you like.

“As a constituent, I urge you to reject American Health Care Act provisions that will harm people with mental illness:

  • Don’t reduce federal help to buy health insurance. With reductions, millions of people, including people with mental illness, won’t be able to afford mental health care.
  • Don’t accept “per capita cap” funding of Medicaid. Instead of flexibility, this would lead to deep cuts and jeopardize mental health services.
  • Don’t end enrollment of people in Medicaid expansion. This will leave people with mental health and substance use conditions without the treatment they need to stay in school, on the job and in recovery.
  • Don’t put millions of Americans with mental illness at risk. Cutting corners in health coverage will result in worsened conditions and costly use of emergency rooms, hospitals and jails.”

Can’t make the call?

Email your Representative now.

NAMI is nonpartisan. We support policies that help people with mental health conditions and their families.

growDo you get excited at the prospect of building something new and knowing your work has the potential to have a long-term, tangible impact? While founded in 1984, NAMI Austin is basically a 33-year old “startup,” having hired its first executive director just 3 years ago. Since then, NAMI Austin has been strategically riding a wave of change in the way our community addresses mental health by providing the best mental health education, and support and advocacy programming, all at no cost. To meet the growing needs of the community, we’re looking for someone to propel us to the next level by enhancing our volunteer and donor engagement. As a volunteer-driven organization with limited resources, this VISTA position has the potential to have a huge impact on the lives of the thousands of individuals and families in the Austin area affected by mental illness.

Located in the heart of the “Live Music Capitol of the World,” NAMI Austin offers a VISTA member a unique blend of opportunity for professional growth in a great location for anyone who loves the outdoors, a thriving music and arts community, and the best food truck tacos in the state. The Donor & Volunteer Relations VISTA has two major roles: developing a new volunteer program structure and identifying and implementing new donor and volunteer management database. The position will allow for a combination of creativity, innovation, and strategic organizational development in an extremely supportive atmosphere with great training and strong teamwork in a city with a large and visible AmeriCorps presence.

Member Duties: The NAMI Austin Donor & Volunteer Relations VISTA will enhance the agency’s volunteer and donor engagement programs by developing new and improved tools to ensure long-term and sustainable volunteer retention and tracking of individual and corporate donors. Duties include developing and improving volunteer recruitment, training, and retention tools; researching, developing and implementing much-needed donor and volunteer databases; training agency staff on how to use the new tools. The VISTA member’s contributions will help support the agency’s expansion and stability by more effectively and efficiently managing the fast-paced growth of the volunteer program while ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the organization. She or he will work closely with the mission-driven staff of a vibrant organization experiencing exponential growth at a time of increased community mental health awareness.

Program Benefits: Training , Living Allowance , Health Coverage* , Relocation Allowance , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Stipend , Childcare assistance if eligible .

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, car recommended, permits attendance at school during off hours.