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NAMI Peer to Peer starting this October

The next Peer to Peer class will be held starting Monday, October 4 from 6-8 pm. This is an 8 week class. You can either attend through Zoom or meet in person in Lansing Learn more!

Broken Like Me

Joe Reid, Executive Director of Broken People and member of NAMI Kent County, has written a book that anyone can benefit from. Written from the perspective of someone who lives with a mental health condition, this book provides tools and then provides exercises that help you integrate those tools into your own life experience. Check it out on Amazon

NAMI Michigan Conference - Rescheduled

Moved to October 19 and 20
Make new connections and learn about resources here in Michigan. Attend the NAMI Michigan State Conference in person in Midland, Michigan at the H Hotel. The cost is less for members. If the cost is a barrier to attending, please contact NAMI Kent County for assistance.
Register for our State Conference today!

Participation in a Research Project

Dr. Kate Finley, in the Hope College Philosophy department, is conducting a study on the relationship between mental health and the Christian religion or faith. If you have had experience with both mental health symptoms and the Christian religion or faith, your input on our online study would be extremely valuable! The study will involve reading short narrative excerpts, responding through short-answer questionnaires, and participating in 2 short interviews. Interviews will be conducted through Zoom (which you may call into through computer or phone) and only the audio will be recorded by our research team and stored securely only for transcription purposes - after transcription, it will be destroyed.

The study will require approximately 2 hours in total time investment, spread out over 6 different days. Participants will earn a total of $20 in the form of an Amazon gift card for their completion of the entire study. All responses on the questionnaire and in interviews will be voluntary and anonymous and will be independently evaluated by researchers at Hope College.

If you would be willing to participate in this study, click here.

Participation in More Research

If you are a youth pastor, church youth volunteer, or adolescent aged 14+, Researchers from Hope College are looking for people who are willing to participate in a confidential short questionnaire and follow-up interview to get a better understanding of adolescents’ experiences of mental health and religion.

If you are interested, the online questionnaire is accessible here
Please email with any questions

Pathways to Hope Virtual Conference

Registration of the 2021 Pathways to Hope is now open at Pathways to Hope | San Antonio Mental Health Conference. This is the sixth year for the conference and it will again be virtual. The conference will be held August 27 and 28.

This year the conference will feature Fmr Rep. Dr. Tim Murphy who authored the 2016 Caring Families Act; Dan Gillison, NAMI CEO; Dr. Paula Dobbs-Wiggins, psychiatrist and Board Chair of Parkland Hospital in Dallas; Dr. Sidney Hankerson from Columbia Univ. School of Medicine; and a host of others in both plenary and workshop presentations. This year we will focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in mental health care and how communities can become engaged in the continuum of care.

Once again, the conference is FREE to all attendees. CEU's will be offered for a small fee. We look forward to seeing you again at this year's conference. Register today!

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