W INTER 2013, I SSUE N O . 8 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The White Picket Fence is now accepting submissions for our Fall issue. Please submit your stories, poems, and other works of self-expression to: [email protected] or [email protected] PEER COUNCIL CORNER WITH M ICHAEL G ARDEN PEER-TO-PEER EDUCATION Begins July 21, 2013 10am to 12pm NAMI OFFICE 1520 10TH AVENUE NORTH STE D LAKE WORTH, FL 33460 To register, call 561-588-3477 We “bowl”ed ‘em over at Greenacres Lanes. Last month we shared pizza and bowled with some new members joining in the fun. It seems to be one of our more exciting activities. We also had our first Friday Night movie featuring “Silver Linings Playbook,” enjoying popcorn and pizza...a must do again review. Get ready to touch your toes and ease your mind at the same time. “Yoga with Gia” will take place on Saturday June 15th, beginning at 1 pm. Please call Michael (561-588-3477) to RSVP as space is limited. Location: NAMI Office, 1520 10th Avenue N. Ste D in Lake Worth Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I've got oil wells Pumping in my living room. ---Maya Angelou Page 2 Transition—by Amber Life is a bitch! Life is a beach – ball, a beach ball. Life is a ball – game, a ballgame. Life is a game… What’s the score? ---Mitzi G Watson ************************************ My body doesn’t match my spirit. Some may call me call me two-spirited. Desire and yearning for what others had birth rights to. It’s disgusting. It’s perverse. It feels wrong. Brain in chaos from receiving the wrong chemicals. Funny how something unnatural as medication can bring my well-being back to its desired natural state. I’ve gone through puberty twice. I get to choose when to go through menopause. I don’t bleed during my period. I can’t have children. ($30,000 is a lot to pay to fix a birth defect.) My god doesn’t conform to norms. But none of that changes who I am as a person. I’m not changing who I am, quite the opposite! I am transitioning into being the girl on the outside that matches the girl on the inside. What’s between my legs does not define who I am. Rather it’s what’s between my ears. Very simply: I’m a girl. That’s it. ۞۞۞۞۞۞۞۞۞۞۞۞۞۞۞۞ NAMI/PBC Adolescents Support Groups Begins Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Ages 15-17 Ages 12-14 3:30pm to 4:30pm 5:30pm to 6:30pm 50 So. US Hwy 1 1520 10th Avenue N Ste 309 Ste D Jupiter, FL 33477 Lake Worth, FL 33460 Practice Positive Reactions to Everyday Stresses *Walk away instead of reacting in anger. It’s ok to stomp your feet if you need to! *Exercise. This helps get rid of the physical energy that is built up by anger. *Talk to someone who you are not feeling angry with. Phone a friend, relative, or professional. *Distract yourself. Do something you enjoy like reading, TV, music, to take your mind off the anger. *Count 10 breaths. It will calm you and prevent you from reacting automatically. *Write about it. Get your feelings and thoughts out on paper instead of confronting the person. *Deal with it when you feel calm. Get away from the situation and come back later. The more practice you get at reacting in positive ways, waiting until the anger goes down a little before responding, and learning new habits, the more easily you will be able to manage anger. Adapted from Inner Health Studio FAMILY TO FAMILY EDUCATION COURSE Begins Saturday, July 20, 2013 Every Saturday for 6 Weeks 10am to 4pm NAMI/PBC Office 1520 10th Avenue N. Ste D Lake Worth, FL 33460 FLIGHT Beyond my years, it so appears, My love of life has many fears. To float upstream while I’m awake, My soul is always mine to quake. Religiously, I sleep at night, Devoutly, quelling all my fright. Yet, ‘times I feel my time has come, To reinvent the world I’m from. -Jason Gellert To register contact: 561-588-3477 National Alliance on Mental Illness of Palm Beach County 1520 10th Avenue North, Suite D Lake Worth, FL 33460 N ON -P ROFIT O RGANIZATION US P OSTAGE P AID W EST P ALM B EACH , FL P ERMIT N O . 1327 Or Current Resident NAMI Membership exists at 3 levels: Affiliate, State & National NAMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization—contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Together, we can continue to fight for all those affected by mental illness. PLEASE NOTE: In order for NAMI/PBC to receive your full donation, please send your donation to the NAMI/PBC office. Thank you! FL SOLICITATION REGISTRATION NUMBER: CH6498 “A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING (800-435-7352) TOLLFREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.” Members are NAMI/PBC’s lifeblood; your joining helps us continue to provide free outreach, support & education. In bringing mental health issues to wider attention, we advocate for better treatment. As our membership base grows, our voice becomes stronger. Respect, Compassion & Hope … NAMI Works! Membership: Regular $35 Open Door $3 Sponsorships (includes membership): Corporate $250 Professional $65 Family $55 I’d like to support NAMI PBC with a donation of: __ $25 __ $50 __$100 other: $____ I’m interested in volunteering with NAMI/PBC I wish to receive NAMI National’s solicitations.
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