Family members with a mentally ill loved one often struggle to find the resources needed to help their family member successfully live as independently as possible in the community. Sometimes, they aren’t even sure what kind of help is needed.
Mike Willeman, a retired social worker director with the state psychiatric hospital in Toledo, will be the speaker at the Tuesday, March 4 NAMI Four County meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Four County ADAMhs Board office, T-761 State Route 66 south of Archbold. His presentation will focus on “Transitioning and living in the community, where do we go from here?”
For a number of years, Willeman lived and worked in the four county area providing direct support services for clients who had either been hospitalized or were at risk of hospitalization. He worked with the clients, their families and providers to identify needs and get them met so the client avoided re-hospitalization.
The purpose of his presentation is to explain how to determine what a loved one might need, how to locate those services, and how to work with healthcare providers.
The meeting and presentation are open to the public.
Before Willeman begins, Joe Dildine from First Call for Help will take about 10 minutes to explain a community education program – Mental Health First Aid – that he and Tonie Long with Four County Family Center have been trained to provide at no cost to non-behavioral health professionals. They are asking NAMI Four County to sponsor one of the trainings.
NAMI Four County is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grass roots advocacy organization for the mentally ill and mental health issues. It is comprised primarily of family and friends who have loved ones with a mental illness.
The local chapter meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the ADAMhs Board office. All meetings, educational programs and events are free and open to the public. For more information about NAMI, please contact Mark Krieger, the president, at 419/923-4841.