Nami Chaffee County CO

Nami Chaffee County CO The mission of NAMI Chaffee County is to build a community of recovery and hope by educating, suppor

Two of our lovely board members enjoying the Duckie Race in Salida August 27th.
08/31/2023

Two of our lovely board members enjoying the Duckie Race in Salida August 27th.

Dear Friends, Did you know that in Colorado, 242,000 adults have serious mental illness?  And 47,000 youth, ages 12-17, ...
06/01/2023

Dear Friends, Did you know that in Colorado, 242,000 adults have serious mental illness? And 47,000 youth, ages 12-17, have depression.
NAMI Chaffee County is looking for board members. NAMI stands for The National Alliance on Mental Illness. If you or someone you know has ever had to deal with mental illness, you know the value of good, compassionate support. Help us create a new vision for Chaffee County by joining our board or becoming a volunteer or member. Fill out the volunteer form at

NAMI Chaffee County is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Together, we advocate for better lives for those individuals who have a mental illness.

05/26/2023

"Focus on learning about symptoms and treatments. You may come across discouraging predictions about how it's impossible to "cure" serious mental illness. However, with treatment you can reduce or eliminate your symptoms. A diagnosis is a gateway to good treatment, not a sentence to lifetime imprisonment.

If you haven't already found a support group, this is a good time to reach out to others with your condition. NAMI's Peer-to-Peer classes and discussion groups can provide encouragement and advice from people who are living well with mental illnesses."

05/26/2023

"If you have a mental health condition, you're not alone. One in 5 American adults experiences some form of mental illness in any given year. And across the population, 1 in every 20 adults is living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or long-term recurring major depression." -from the NAMI National website

This is an event we are currently putting together for Chaffee County this summer:
05/22/2023

This is an event we are currently putting together for Chaffee County this summer:

Behind the scenes at the filming of the new program video. NAMI In Our Own Voice is an interactive presentation that provides insight into what it’s like to ...

On May 13, 2023, I, Stacey, attended the NAMI Walks event in Centennial, Colorado.  The turnout was fantastic!  A few hu...
05/18/2023

On May 13, 2023, I, Stacey, attended the NAMI Walks event in Centennial, Colorado. The turnout was fantastic! A few hundred people showed up to support the good work of NAMI Colorado and all of the local affiliates, including Chaffee County. Who wants to go with me next time?

NAMI Chaffee March 2023 -
03/09/2023

NAMI Chaffee March 2023 -

Family Support Groups are an important resource for family members and friends who have a loved one living with a mental health condition. These groups provide caring support, insightful group wisdom and coping strategies/boundary setting skills that will empower you to become better prepa...

NAMI Ask the Expert, Feb 9 -
02/03/2023

NAMI Ask the Expert, Feb 9 -

NAMI Chief Medical Officer Ken Duckworth and author of NAMI’s first book, “You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health,” will moderate the session and Q&A, as he shares the success of the NAMI book since its publication in September 2022.   Join Dr. Duckworth with guest expe...

01/24/2023
NAMI Chaffee Interest Survey -
12/27/2022

NAMI Chaffee Interest Survey -

NAMI Chaffee County Survey Good morning!  We’ve created a brief survey to assess the interest in various roles relating to NAMI Chaffee County.  This was suggested at our initial meeting.  I know this is a busy time for everyone, and I appreciate your time and help with this as we prepare for o...

Future of NAMI CC planning meeting -
10/24/2022

Future of NAMI CC planning meeting -

Future of NAMI Chaffee County Friday, October 28, 3 pm First Presbyterian Church in Salida NAMI Chaffee County is looking for new leadership and input on how to best carry on the mission of NAMI CC in a sustainable way. The mission of NAMI CC is to build a community of recovery and hope by educating...

02/27/2022
01/25/2022
On this day, January 22, 1986 my brother Ken ended his life by su***de. He was 29 years old. He was just a few years old...
01/22/2022

On this day, January 22, 1986 my brother Ken ended his life by su***de. He was 29 years old. He was just a few years older than me and from about 16 years of age, he had suffered from a brain disease called schizophrenia. He was engaged to a wonderful woman who chose to overlook his illness and to see instead his many good qualities. He could not find a job after having been let go from the last one for an incident involving a coworker who made fun of his peculiar behavior. He was a hard worker and returned to the family farm where he could put his hard work ethic to good use. This wasn’t enough income to support a family however, and he began his search. The stress of trying to find a job and a place to live overwhelmed him and he began experiencing signs of a relapse. Not wanting to burden his family, his fiancé, or to relive the trauma of being treated like a criminal, or because he had no hope of ever achieving a normal life, he did what he had to do. It caused an enormous shock to his family and left them heart broken and guilt ridden for years to come.

Through this tragedy, my mother found NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, and threw herself into advocacy for mental health legislation, to fund research, overcome stigma, and provide needed services and health insurance coverage for mental illness. She found healing and a sense of purpose in this way and has inspired me and others to follow in her footsteps.

My brother Ken always sent me a card on my birthday, so although he was a man of few words, I always knew that the deep bond of connection we once shared was still there. Here’s a poem I wrote about one of those cards that has survived my many moves in life.

“For a Sister Who’s Loved A Lot”

On the cover: a basket of ripened fruit,
red raspberries spilling over –

Like the ones we found in the woods and picked by the gallons and gorged ourselves on, staining our mouths red.
That mom turned into jars of jam that we slathered in mushy mounds on homemade bread.

“Today you come to mind as you so often do…”

Under his stiff exterior there’s still that boy
who watched over me and boosted me up the big tree. That quiet boy who fed the cats warm milk from the cows, and loved to pet small baby animals.

“For whether we’re together or apart,
There will always be
a very warm and special love
That holds you near
and keeps you close in heart.”

“Happy Birthday from Ken”

Thank you for reading my post. If you’d like to learn more about NAMI, to donate, or become involved, you can visit NAMI.org, or locally (Chaffee County) www.namichaffee.org.

Eunice Collette

NAMI Chaffee County is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Together, we advocate for better lives for those individuals who have a mental illness.

01/04/2022

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We are GRATEFUL for you Chaffee County. https://namichaffee.org/get-involved/donate/
11/25/2021

We are GRATEFUL for you Chaffee County. https://namichaffee.org/get-involved/donate/

Thank you for supporting the mental health of Chaffee County. Your gift is helping us provide support, education, and advocacy to thousands of people living

Remember....
11/24/2021

Remember....

The end-of-the-year time can be hard for many of us.  NAMI Colorado continues to offer virtual support programs.  https:...
11/23/2021

The end-of-the-year time can be hard for many of us. NAMI Colorado continues to offer virtual support programs. https://namicolorado.org/support-education/family-support-groups/

Due to corona virus risk, most NAMI in-person groups and classes will be offered virtually. Please call the contact number for your local NAMI affiliate to find out what options are currently being offered in your area.

11/21/2021
Volunteering. Yup! Whether volunteering for a day or sitting on a Board, studies show volunteering supports mental healt...
11/19/2021

Volunteering. Yup! Whether volunteering for a day or sitting on a Board, studies show volunteering supports mental health. Want to volunteer with NAMI Chaffee County? We'd LOVE to hear from you! https://namichaffee.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Sleep.  Sometimes it feels like an escape for me.  But did you know that sleep deprivation can affect your mental health...
11/18/2021

Sleep. Sometimes it feels like an escape for me. But did you know that sleep deprivation can affect your mental health? So go ahead, and take that nap today. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/sleep-and-mental-health

Mental health clinicians traditionally viewed sleep disorders as a symptom of a psychiatric disorder, but research suggests that in some patients sleep issues may be a cause of the disorder....

Gratitude.  Sometimes this is a hard one.  But knowing that gratitude can change me and my brain it feels more achievabl...
11/17/2021

Gratitude. Sometimes this is a hard one. But knowing that gratitude can change me and my brain it feels more achievable. What am I grateful for? 1. NAMI Chaffee County resources. 2. This amazing community. 3. Zoom (yes, I really did say Zoom because that means I can attend virtual programs in my PJ's! https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain

New research is starting to explore how gratitude works to improve our mental health.

Holidays.  I know for me they bring up a whole lot as I remember loved one's no longer here. This blog post felt relevan...
11/16/2021

Holidays. I know for me they bring up a whole lot as I remember loved one's no longer here. This blog post felt relevant to share. https://namica.org/blog/handling-stress-during-the-holiday-season/

Please remember, you are not alone this holiday season.

The holidays can be a joy-filled season, but they can be challenging for those impacted by mental illness. We have tips to help you maintain mental wellness and stay safe this holiday season.

https://nami-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uD9JuZh4ToqmpEDnKS2jlQ
11/03/2021

https://nami-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uD9JuZh4ToqmpEDnKS2jlQ

In this webinar, Dr. Gail Daumit will review the evidence that demonstrated the impact physical health – good and bad – has on people with mental health conditions. She will both provide background on the science and studies behind the interventions and also practical strategies for people to us...

NAMI Chaffee November News - https://mailchi.mp/c796de2fa4f6/nami-chaffee-county-family-support-group-5419367
11/01/2021

NAMI Chaffee November News - https://mailchi.mp/c796de2fa4f6/nami-chaffee-county-family-support-group-5419367

Family Support Groups are an important resource for family members and friends who have a loved one living with a mental health condition. These groups provide caring support, insightful group wisdom and coping strategies/boundary setting skills that will empower you to become better prepa...

What are your doing today in support of your (or a family member or friend's) mental health?
10/31/2021

What are your doing today in support of your (or a family member or friend's) mental health?

A "confluence of crisis".  Yup...that's a great description of the past 18+ months.  We wanted to share this fantastic s...
10/29/2021

A "confluence of crisis". Yup...that's a great description of the past 18+ months. We wanted to share this fantastic site focused on reporting the impacts of multiple crisis on Coloradoans mental health. https://colabnews.co/projects/on-edge/

On Edge is a statewide series on how the recent confluence of crises has tested Coloradans’ mental health.

JOIN US AND PLEASE SHARE!! One night only...FREE Mental Health Crisis Planning Workshop, November 3rd To register for th...
10/26/2021

JOIN US AND PLEASE SHARE!! One night only...

FREE Mental Health Crisis Planning Workshop, November 3rd

To register for the workshop https://namichaffee.org/event/mental-health-crisis-planning-workshop/

NAMI Chaffee County is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Together, we advocate for better lives for those individuals who have a mental illness.

Do you know of any businesses who close for "mental health" breaks?
10/21/2021

Do you know of any businesses who close for "mental health" breaks?

Looking for resources? In crisis?  Wanting to find a support group?  Visit us online https://namichaffee.org/
10/20/2021

Looking for resources? In crisis? Wanting to find a support group? Visit us online https://namichaffee.org/

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NAMI is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Together, they advocate for better lives for those individuals who have a mental illness.
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I'd like to share a rather unusual, free, aces prevention resource...parenting tips bumper stickers. Advancing Parenting, a Camarillo CA nonprofit organization, produces parenting tips bumper stickers and makes them available at no cost to schools, organizations, agencies, clinics, businesses, and individuals. There are fifty-one in a set and each bumper sticker communicates a parenting behavior or practice generally recognized as supporting the healthy development of children. Just one will be read thousands of times!

Bumper stickers are a unique and powerful way to educate everyone about parenting. At stoplights drivers and passengers point, smile, and nod. Conversations start up and often a phone is used to take a pic of the sticker right at the stoplight. Presumably, they are being shared on social media. It's wonderful to see!

Sets of the stickers can be put in holders and placed on counters and tables so folks can select one or more for their cars. Visit www.advancingparenting.org to order this free resource. Use a computer...our website is not optimized for phones. Please share.
Looking for family to family meetings but can't find listings on website calendar...help?