2016 General Meeting Topics

General Meetings take place the third Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
at the McHenry County Mental Health Board Community Resource Center, 620 Dakota Street, Crystal Lake IL.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm we have an Educational Presentation (see topics below)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm we break into small groups for support

2016 General Meeting Program Schedule

Month                         TOPIC
January Documentary: “Recovery is for Everyone”
Dan Fisher MD, PhD shares his testimony shattering the myth that people never recover from mental illness.  At age 25, he was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and hospitalized several times.  Dan was able to recover, earn a medical degree and became a psychiatrist.  He is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the National Empowerment Center.  Dan is one of the few psychiatrists in the country who publicly discusses his recovery from mental illness.  He is a role model for others who are struggling to recover.  His recovery and work in the field were recognized by his selection as a member of the White House Commission on Mental Health.
February Presentation: “Innovation and Opportunities in Psychiatric Research”
Dr. Andrew Kim currently serves as the Medical Director and Principal Investigator in clinical research at Alexian Brothers Center for Psychiatric Research in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.  Dr. Kim has conducted research studies for schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, and alcohol use disorders.  Other areas of interest in clinical research include: Addictions, Smoking Cessation, Weight Loss, Anxiety Disorders, TMS, and OCD.  Dr. Kim will be sharing with us about innovations and opportunities in psychiatric research and why research is so important for people to take part in it.  He will also talk about some of the projects Alexian Brothers is working on right now and how people interested in being a part of it can participate.
March Presentation: “Mental Illness Among Generations”
Mental Illness doesn’t only affect the person who had it.  It also has an affect on all the other persons in that person’s life.  Tonight we will hear about how mental illness can affect multiple generations within the same family. 
April Presentation: “All Too Soon”
Twin brothers Adrian and Andrew Nuno, students at McHenry County College,  have put together a wonderful video that speaks to the issues associated with young people and suicide.  They will share their video followed by a panel discussion including the brothers, and two fellow students that took part in this video about what inspired them to create the video and why it was important for them to take part in the making of this film.
May Presentation: “Crisis Happens – Be Prepared”
As we enter the season of storms and annual emergency preparedness training, please join us for some information on things people don’t always think of should a crisis like this occur and why it’s a good idea to even have a back up plan to your plan..
June Presentation: “Excuse me, doctor did you hear me?” How to Self-Advocate for Care
Elizabeth Zimmerman, Psy.D, from Spectrum Center for Integrative Neuroscience in McHenry, Illinois will join us to discuss what we need to know to self advocate for the best care.
July Presentation: “Does Your Brain Matter?”
Lukasz Konopka, Ph.D.,also from Spectrum Center for Integrative Neuroscience in McHenry, Illinois will join us to discuss the brain.
August Presentation: “Advocacy”
Dr. Richard Kirchhoff will talk to us about why advocacy is so important and ways in which we can inform our legislators of our needs and what we think is important.
September Presentation: “Workforce Network”
Thom Faber will join us to share what this Network does to help people find meaningful employment.
October Presentation: “Community Inclusion Specialist”
Elena Margan, a Community Inclusion specialist from Pioneer Center will tell us just what she does to help the clients she serves.
November Presentation: “Success Story”
This special presentation will touch your heart as this young lady shares her story. 
December Presentation: “Setting Goals for a New Year”
Join us as we discuss the difference between a resolution and setting goals.


Also note that the information presented is from the point of view of the presenter and does not necessarily reflect the opinion or view of NAMI National, NAMI Illinois, or  NAMI McHenry County

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